Thursday 6 June 2013
Shortening a Treadle Belt
I tried to stop the treadle belt slipping, but I still couldn't get up to full speed on my Singer 201K. It ran well for a while, then slowly but surely, the belt started slipping again.
The problem has now been solved. My bro in law has been staying with us and he fixed it in about five minutes. He had a pair of pliers ready to open the metal staple that joins the belt, so he could cut the belt down by about half an inch. He had the awl ready to make a new hole in the leather. My contribution to the whole operation was to put the clothes pegs over the belt to stop it dropping through underneath as soon as it was cut. Then I disappeared out of the house and left him to it. When I came home later the belt was fixed and turning the machine beautifully. No more slipping!