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Singer sewing machine used by Yvonne DeVigne

Catalog Data

Manufactured by:
Singer Corporation, American, founded 1851  Search this
Owned by:
Yvonne Berry DeVigne, American, 1914 - 2004  Search this
stainless steel, plastic, rubber, paint, cloth, thread, wire, felt, glass
9 1/2 × 15 1/4 × 7 1/4 in. (24.1 × 38.7 × 18.4 cm)
Hinged platform raised: 9 1/2 × 11 1/2 × 7 1/4 in. (24.1 × 29.2 × 18.4 cm)
sewing machines (equipment)
Place used:
Washington, District of Columbia, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
Elizabethport, Elizabeth, Union County, New Jersey, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1938
A black Featherweight Portable 221 Singer sewing machine used by Yvonne DeVigne. The machine body is made of stainless steel, painted black with gold art deco style accents. There are also several unpainted sections of metal, including an elaborately stamped face plate with geometric art deco design. The base of the machine has a hinged section that can be lowered for use and raised for storage. The arm of the machine is attached to the base at its far PL edge. The motor of the machine sits just behind the arm, with a plastic belt running between it and the hand wheel. The motor casing is stamped with a black, red, and silver Singer logo and a plate with the motor's specifications on it. The plug port is on the base of the machine, just below the arm on the PL side. In front of the arm on the base of the machine is the machine's light switch toggle and the bobbin-winding thread guide. There is a gold colored stamped Singer Manufacturing plate just above the base on the arm of the machine. Above this is a vertically oriented silver stitch length regulator lever. The arm extends over the base, with a light, stamped [SINGER] in gold above the work area. The feed lever is threaded with yellow thread and there is a small piece of blue fabric with yellow stitching resting between the base of the machine and the presser foot.
African American  Search this
Black Enterprise  Search this
Business  Search this
Craftsmanship  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Local and regional  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Gaston L. DeVigne, III in memory of his parents Gaston L. DeVigne, II and Yvonne B. DeVigne
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Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
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Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture