Reproduction Singer Fatherweight Sewing Machine Card Table
Originally introduced in the early 1930s and manufactured up into the 1960s the cute Singer Featherweight machines are just one of those have to have items for the serious sewing enthusiasts.
There has probably never been another antique sewing machine that is still so widely used today as they were when they were originally manufactured.
Per popular customer request Cottage Craft Works .com an online store specializing in Amish built sewing cabinets has developed a replica of the original Featherweight card tables.
The tables can be ordered complete with an optional matching insert so the table can also serve dual purposes as a sewing and card table.
Some say the new reproduction Featherweight tables from Cottage Craft Works are much nicer than the originals ones since they are exclusively handcrafted by the Amish with a beautiful finished cherry top.
Many wannabe featherweight table owners search the internet for used tables only to find that they will need to be refinished or because they have the original insert the collector prices are just too high.
The original tables were made of birch and do not fit well in modern decors for those who want to leave them set up.
Folding card tables are very practical for smaller homes and apartments since they can be folded and placed out of the way in closets or behind a door.
The tables are also very portable to travel with the small featherweight machines as these little work horses have become very popular amongst quilters.
With the portable sewing tables these machines are easy to set up for use at group events and quilting shows.
Cottage Craft Works also discovered that the popular Singer 301 short and long bed machines could also be adapted to this reproduction folding table.
Singer evidently did make a folding table for the 301 machine at one time but they are very rare. We only found a mention of one in a blog.
This is a real bonus as many who own a Featherweight 221 machine also own a heavy duty Singer 301 sewing machine. To have a table to fit both is rather brilliant and very practical.
The table can be ordered just for the 221 or ordered for either the 301 short or long bed machines.
When the table is ordered for the larger 301 machines the tray is cut longer to fit either the 301 short or long bed ordered.
Some die hard sewing machine enthusiast will have both short and long bed 301s as well as the 221. In that case the table can be ordered for the 301 long bed and all three machines can be used in the same table.
The drop down machine tray has a solid bottom allowing the smaller machines to be inserted and slid to the left and used without any modifications.
Switching between the two models is just as simple as taking one out and setting the other one into the table.
For just the 221 model the machine tray is cut to duplicate to the original Featherweight table.
The table insert is optional to help those who really don’t want the insert to save some money.
For those who do want the insert, you will find it is cut with precision accuracy leaving very little gap to provide a solid work surface. It is also cut from the same table top so the cherry wood grain matches perfectly.
With the insert the folding card table can be used as a beautiful solid card table or extra dining table for Holiday guest.
Heavy duty metal folding legs are used on the tables to make them very solid and wobble free even when using the much heavier 301 machines.
The 30” table has the last leg adapted with a creative snap lock extension so that it will clear the support brackets on the table legs when they are folded.
Using heavy duty folding legs that were made for much larger tables created an issue as the last leg to be folded would hit the support angle bracket of the first leg that was already folded. Singer used a similar setup on some of the original featherweight tables.
An Extended Length Featherweight Table Also Available
The original Featherweight tables were 30” square. The standard reproduction table from Cottage is also 30”square.
Like so many of the reproduction products being driven by customer request, a customer asked if the table could be made 42” long.
They wanted to provide more work area to the left of the sewing machine when working on larger projects.
Having more support like found on a traditional sewing cabinet flip out lid helps to keep larger projects from falling over the side and constantly pulling on the sewing needle.
That 42” table was then added as a standard product to the Cottage Craft Works offerings. The 42” extended Featherweight table provides an extra 12” of work area.
The 42” can also be ordered to fit the Singer 301 machines as well.
Cottage Craft Works specializes in all types of Amish made sewing cabinets. The company also offers reproduction treadle sewing cabinets as wall as full size sewing cabinets that can be used with electric or treadle sewing machines.
Amish made sewing cabinets use no pressed woods or particle board in the cabinet construction yet they are priced comparable to cabinets that do.
Cottage Craft Works also offers a reproduction of the old time J & P Coats Spool Cabinets that many have purchased to add to their sewing room décor and functionality for thread and pattern storage.
The main site is www.cottagecraftworks.com The direct link to all the sewing cabinets and tables is http://www.cottagecraftworks.com/home-goods/amish-handcrafted/sewing-cabinets.
Singer Featherweight Travel Bags
It is interesting that Singer made different accessories for the Featherweight machine including a carrying case for the sewing machine itself.
It doesn't appear they ever developed a carry bag for the folding table. Perhaps they did and the bags just didn't last over all these years.
This seems ironic since the table was made to be portable, but as I recall the popular card and game tables while growing up in this era didn't have carry bags either.
While a search on the Internet for a Singer Featherweight table carry bag will provide many results it will only be for the new small table top extensions.
There apparently is no one else except for Cottage that is making one for a full size 30” folding table.
It didn't make much sense to have a beautiful new folding card table without a way to protect it.
So, Cottage also has the Amish make a heavy vinyl carry bag to fit both the old and new reproduction tables including the 42” extended version.
While the soft side case won't protect it for checked luggage it will help protect the table from banging the edges on car doors, buildings and sidewalks as it is being transported.
The carry cases are made of the same vinyl that is used to make the Amish buggy tops and seats. They feature a wrap around strap that takes the weight and cradles the table.
They are made with heavy duty metal zippers for years of service.
A matching soft side vinyl carry bag is available to also carry the sewing machine.
These bags are also great for storage to protect and keep dust off these prized possessions.
For those who are lucky enough to have an original folding table these carry bags will also fit those tables to protect them for many more years to come.
These travel bags can also be found on the Cottage Craft Works main site along with the sewing cabinets and sewing tables listed at the link above.
Diana Nelson on April 18, 2019:
Are you still making Singer 301 card tables? Please let me know. I live in Missouri so shipping would be part of the sale price.