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Thread: One Treadle Belt or Two?

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    One Treadle Belt or Two?

    I posted pictures of my lovely Singer 66 that I snagged on eBay, machine head only. This weekend, I went and bought the Singer 27-4 (Sphinx decals) in a cabinet that I had been eyeballing on Craig's List and bought that one too ($75). I promise to post some pictures of it. The decals are also stunning. It was the woman I bought it from Aunt's. The only thing wrong was the belt was busted.

    I know that I can use the cabinet for either machine head from my reading here. My question is, will I need to buy another belt? One for each machine I am running on the cabinet? Or will one belt work for both?

    I tried searching for the answer here before posting but didn't find anything on the subject.

    I love this site.

    Gail

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    Gail,

    I've been told by a few folks here that aquarium silicon tubing makes a great stretchable "universal" treadle belt.

    I've got a great source for leather, so I usually just make a belt for each one, and store it with the machine when not in use

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    Gail,

    "MOST" Singer machines with the spoked hand wheel will use the same size belt. But each cabinet and machine can be a bit different. On my MUT treadle I've got one belt that works good on the smaller pulleys of the spoked wheels, but I had to make a longer belt for the larger pulley on the solid hand wheel.

    Joe

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    I have 2 treadles and the belts aren't interchangeable. The one for my 66 is about and inch shorter than the one I use on my 27. It's probably some idiosyncracy of the machine/cabinet combo, but I always keep a couple of spares on hand. Sew Classics is a great source.

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