A Singer compact feather weight model 322

Singer Feather Weight 322 Singer Feather Weight 322 Front view and accessories Storage compartmentTake a look at this little cutie.  I didn’t find it.  It was my husband.  Can you believe that?  Over the years he’s managed to turn himself into a pretty good “spotter”.

What is it?

A Singer sewing machine.  Model 322.  Compact Free-Arm Sewing Machine.  Yes, it’s a feather-weight (could it get any better?).  It was manufactured in approximately Jan. 1989.


Without having to say it, “I love this machine”. He found it on a shopping spree.  One of our ‘hunts’.

It came tucked in a nice all-black vinyl carrying case, equipped with a shoulder strap for carrying.  He said he would have walked right by it-had it not been for curiosity and the need to find “something”.

To our delight she looked unused!  A good sign.

Barely able to contain the smile on my face and growing excitement (I get like that when I find “something good”), I lifted her out of the carrying case and gave her a glance over.

At this particular little “haunt” there are outlets customers can use for testing appliances requiring electricity.  I inserted the cord socket and foot pedal-Blah!  Hard plastic-I prefer metal.

She worked!  All my sewing machines are female.

Next, I started my “quick regimen” of looking:

1. for an instruction manual.

It’s always nice if the original sewing manual is present because they’ll be no need to hunt for and sometimes pay for it from the original manufacturer or Internet source.  The manual for this machine was still in its original plastic wrapper lying underneath the machine-along with a plastic machine cover.

2. for parts and accessories included.

After opening the accessory box I found an unused mother load of accessories: spool stand, spool pin cap, bobbin, needle set, zipper foot, cloth guide, feed cover plate, screw drivers and a lint brush.  Nice.

3. at the bobbin case for rust and any other obvious concerns.  Okay.

4. at knobs, dials and any levers to see if there are visible concerns like loose, tight or stuck components.

Everything appeared to work.

Honestly, if I would have found any issues I wouldn’t have necessarily NOT purchased the machine.  I would have considered the cost of the machine, the cost of getting repairs (if I couldn’t do them myself).

I rarely turn down an opportunity to purchase an older sewing machine because they’re beautiful, work horses, useful, functional and (in most cases) worth repairing.

How to Oil Singer a Singer Model 322:  Drop of sewing machine oil in on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race.

Singer 322

UPDATE: Singer compact feather weight model 322-including “Inserting the Bobbin into the Bobbin Case”


Parts Manual:  Singer 322 Parts Manual

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17 comments for “A Singer compact feather weight model 322

  1. Janice kelton
    October 12, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    I have this machine a nd need to replace the pin. can I still get this I also may need to replace pin stand as the spool pin broke off in it. Please help and reply soon. Thank You

    • October 16, 2014 at 12:59 PM

      I would try Singer or Ebay, which sell alot of old sewing machine parts.

  2. Jessica
    October 10, 2014 at 6:02 PM

    Hi, is there any particular info I need to hem jeans with this little jerk….like, how to make it work? I’ve changed the needle. I’ve oiled the machine. I’ve wound the bobbin twice. I’ve adjusted both tensions, several times. I cannot stop the machine from creating a pile of thread on the underside of the cuff that jams everything, and I’m tired of wasting, literally, days, trying to figure out what is wrong with it. If I have to take out to a shop, I might as well spend the money to buy a new machine, but I’d much prefer to make this one work. Any advice? Thanks.

    • October 16, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      You really have to make sure you’re threading the machine correctly, including the bobbin. There could also be dust and lint build up underneath the throat plate. Get yourself a can of air spray and spray air into the area to remove and dust bunnies and what not you can’t remove by hand or with tweezers.
      Then re-thread the machine correctly—make sure you’re threading with the presser foot up so that the tension discs are open and the thread can pass through. Make sure you’ve threaded the bobbin correctly.
      Once threaded try holding the top and bottom thread tails before you pierce the fabric the first time—sew 5-10 stitches, holding the tails and see what happens.

  3. Maggie
    July 21, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Hi! I actually have this machine from 1989 when I was nine (like another commented:) I am trying to use it a bit to piece quilt tops and am wondering about a 1/4 inch foot. Is this machine a low shank? Also have had similar problems regarding the stitch length “staying” after reversing to lock stitches. I have trouble doing a basting or gathering stitch because it’s always so tight! (could be a bobbin or feeder foot problem.) I have had it serviced in the past few years and it’s used moderately to sew mainly clothing for my girls.
    Any advice you could give would be great- I love my little machine and how compact and helpful it (nearly) always is!:)

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    • July 27, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      I believe it’s low shank. The top and bobbin thread must have balanced tension in order to have good stitching. If the tension is too tight you’ll need to make adjustments. Use the screw driver that came with the machine to adjust the tension on the bobbin case. To determine if it’s indeed too tight suspend the bobbin case by the thread and pull it fast once. If it’s too tight the thread will not unwind.

      Let me know. I hope this helps!

  4. Kerry
    January 22, 2014 at 9:53 PM

    Hi – I have this model as I inherited it from my mother. I don’t sew and I’d like to sell this but have no idea what to ask for it. No clue of its value. It has all parts, manual, and dustcover. Could you reply to my email? I sure would appreciate any help.

    • January 29, 2014 at 1:36 PM

      I love this machine. I’d probably start at about $65-$100. It’s a handy little machine that works well. I like the fact that’s it’s so portable. If everything is included it’s (in my opinion) worth at least that. I wouldn’t take less for my own. I’d rather keep it otherwise…after all it is a Singer feather weight. I hope this helps. Let me know.


  5. November 23, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    I was wondering where you can find any parts to order i found a singer 322 also and i have looked all over for parts. Please help!!!!! I need the foot and screw and unsure where to go now cant use it so far. Unsure if I can substitute for a different sewing machine or not. I am new at this so unsure about any of this.

    • November 24, 2013 at 4:19 PM


      I believe the parts are the zig zag presser foot and presser foot thumb screw. I’ve uploaded a parts manual for your review (Review the end of the post).

      Use the parts manual to locate the exact name of the parts you need and to verify what I believe, then contact Singer Company at this link: http://www.singerco.com/support/us-warranty-centers to locate a service center in your area. You should also check eBay to see if someone is selling the parts you’re missing.

      However, I imagine that you can use any standard Singer Zig Zag presser foot and screw in this machine. The machine is compact, but the basic feet are not.

  6. Janette
    September 16, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    I found one of these, too. Just like brand new, but it has issues. The lever that makes the length of the stitches doesn’t screw tight so it can’t change the stitch length. Almost like it’s stripped. Also can’t get good underside bobbin stitches. I’ve tried everything but change the needle and like you said, that’s the first thing I should have done. Will try it and see what happens. I love this little machine and want to use it to sew a binding on a quilt sitting at my dining table to support the quilt.

    • October 1, 2013 at 3:36 PM


      Sorry I missed your comment! Did changing the needle work? I just happened to pull mine out today to give her a good oiling and practice some stitches. I think it’s important to use sewing machines every once and awhile. You should be able to get that screw replaced through Singer or you could also take the machine (it’s small and light-weight enough) somewhere like Home Depot and purchase a comparable sized screw. The problem could also be how you’ve inserted the bobbin itself into the case. I’ve added some new information for you.

  7. Audrey
    January 25, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    I just found this very machine (purchased new for a 9 yr. old me in 1989) at my parents house. Any idea how to oil the little guy? It seems to run, but I want to make sure it continues!

    • January 25, 2012 at 11:11 PM

      Hi, Audrey!

      How wonderful. I pulled my manual. The only place the manual mentions placing a “drop of sewing machine oil” in on the center pin of the shuttle and shuttle race. See arrows in the diagram I’ve inserted. Good luck! She’s a beautiful little machine!

  8. Megan
    July 15, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    I was wondering if you’ve tried to wind a bobbin with this machine. I have one and have tried every which way (including the way the manual tells me) and it’s not working. The thread only goes about halfway up the bobbin (first problem) and once it gets wound a bit, starts getting super loose. Would love any insight! Thanks!

    • July 15, 2011 at 7:59 PM


      Mines works like a charm. Could you explain the problem a bit more clear? Is the bobbin catching the thread at all? Let me know. In any situation involving a bobbin the first thing I try is changing the sewing machine needle. If the machine needle is dull that’s half the problem and maybe the only problem. Next, make sure the complete bobbin area is clean-free of dust, lint or other foreign particles. Make sure you’re winding the bobbin correctly. You may also try adjusting the bobbin’s tension. Let me know!

  9. January 11, 2013 at 5:33 PM

    She is a beauty!

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