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Electrical Conversions 220-240-to-110 and 110-to-220-240 volts.
I source most of my machines in Europe which has the advantage of my being able to select better-condition models (less extremes of temperature and low humidity) but of course many are 240 volt operation. Therefore, to be capable of being used in North America, either a converter a small black box which plugs in between the machine and the wall socket is needed or a factory conversion to 110 volt.
Up until a short time ago there was no option but for the additional box. Then I found a retired ex-Singer electrical specialist who had the equipment and skill to totally rebuild the 240-volt motors to the original Singer US specification.
So now there are two ways to go.
1) The add-on black box.
Advantages: Cost, its the cheapest option at around $35. I can arrange delivery of a correct specification converter box to your address from a US source for $35 inclusive.
Disadvantages: Its something else to carry around and have to be explained at quilt classes.
2) The full motor conversion.
Advantages: Plug in and sew. No additional bits and pieces. Because the motors are totally rebuilt internally to a high standard they come with a one-year guarantee. Virtually a new motor. There are no external alterations at all to degrade the value of the machine.
Disadvantages. Cost. Despite subsidising the price, its more expensive at $85 when ordered with a machine. I can also convert your own motor for $190 including shipping. Three-day turn around. Same as-new performance, same guarantee
All 222 machines are sold with the full motor conversion at no extra charge.
Although most of my customers opt for the full interior conversion, I have had no adverse reports of the recommended add-on converter.
I can also convert 110 to 240 volts for the same price.
The only part of a Singer Featherweight likely to deteriorate in use and let's face it, many of these machines can be 50+ years old is the electric motor.
To bring your machine back to as-new performance we can totally rebuild the motor to original Singer 110 or 240-volt specification. This work is done by an ex-Singer electrical specialist using the same equipment that the company used for its motor work.
All rebuilt motors come with a full one-year guarantee. Cost $190 including insured postage