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Thread: Treadle sewing machines! Anyone?

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    Super Member ube quilting's Avatar
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    I have a great old treadle in perfect condition and with many attachments. When I had it cleaned the repairman said if I think I attched the leather band tight enough it isn't. I can't seem to get it tight enough. What to do? any suggestions would be great. I can't wait to lose my electricity!

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    Why wait? Use it now. Enjoy it. I learned on one about 50 yrs. ago. Still have it, but needs repairs.

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    Go to the Vintage Machine section and ask Billy (Lostin51) and he will answer your question.

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    I really don't believe it needs to be SUPER TIGHT!

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    A friend told me that wetting the leather band will cause it to shrink and tighten if it is too loose. Check with someone else before doing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ube quilting
    I have a great old treadle in perfect condition and with many attachments. When I had it cleaned the repairman said if I think I attched the leather band tight enough it isn't. I can't seem to get it tight enough. What to do? any suggestions would be great. I can't wait to lose my electricity!
    Thanks to all who gave good advice to me, Will let you know how it all works!

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    A properly adjusted treadle belt is just tight enough to run the machine without slipping; if its too hard to treadle, its too tight. It will need to be adjusted again later its just the nature of the leather belt.
    Sharon W. who sews with 2 treadles.

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    On my old Singer treadle machine I put the belt into place and pulled tight, marked it with a pencil, removed it from the large wheel at the bottom and cut 1/8" out, put the belt back into place, tested it, removed the belt again, cut another 1/8" out, put it back together again and tested it. That is how I finally got mine tight enough by myself!

    I use an old Singer hand-crank machine now and I love it! It's fun and makes perfect seams!

    Vanessa in Oklahoma

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    I had put belts on several domestic treadles before I got my 31-15 industrial treadle. I would stretch them across my shoulders really tight to get the initial stretch out of them, then put them on.

    When the guy brought my 31-15, he threaded it up and popped the belt up on the handwheel and proceeded to show me how well it worked. I sat down to try it and I was amazed at how easy it was! Soooooo smooth and almost effortless - how can that be, when it's so much bigger than any of my domestics?

    Well, it's because I had the daggum belts too tight on every single one of them.

    The industrial is the easiest one in the bunch to treadle - but it's so loose you wonder how it ever even catches the handwheel.

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    I wish all treadle belts were like the one on my Standard Treadle - it is a very long spring so no guessing as to whether it is adjusted right.

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