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Thread: Question about using aquarium tubing on treadle machines

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    Question about using aquarium tubing on treadle machines

    There is at least two threads on here referring to using tubing as the drive belt for treadle machines.
    My wife bought us some to try because every time I go to use one of my treadles the darn belt has stretched and the machine slips.

    So, my question is this. How much short do you make the tubing to give it some tightness?

    I don't know how much it will stretch so I'm asking first.
    I've PM'd vintagemotif because I know she's done this, but if anyone else has done this I'd like to hear from them too.

    Joe

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    Joe,

    I can't help with your question but just thought I'd pop in with this info:

    While attending a local historical re-enactment, I noted someone sewing a period clothing item on a treadle machine. They we sitting outside, in the shade of an old oak tree - very picturesque!

    Anyway, I noted their machine 'belt' was actually braided string. I asked them about this and their reply was with all the shows they attend their belts were getting jostled around and broken in moving site to site. They used something like the old style store string, tripled up (three strands each for a total of 9 strings) and then they lightly coated the string with beeswax.

    Just an FYI.......

    Shari

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    Shari, Thanks for sharing this. I'm always interested in testing different tubing.

    Joe, I answered your PM. Sorry, been a busy day, just saw your PM and post.

    So, figure out how much is needed to fit around the wheels and then shorten by about an inch. I now don't even sew the pieces together; instead, I insert tubing that is about and 1-1 1/2 inches long inside the ends of the tubing.
    To do this I fold that small insert tubing in half (and I don't mean end to end), a rolling of the tubing technique. I also put a drop of sewing machine oil on the ends to help get the insert tubing to slide into the ends of the long tube without too much difficultly. Once the insert tubing is in place, I just slide the ends of the long tubing together. No sewing or stable is needed to hold the long tubing ends together. This all makes for easier and less work if an adjustment needs to be made.

    Have fun treadling!!

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    Shari,

    That does sound interesting. Something to put in the file for future consideration.
    Oh, how did she connect the ends?

    Joe

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    vintagemotif,

    Got the PM and responded.
    Tomorrow I'm going to try this tubing on my #5 treadle. For some reason the leather belt on it just keeps on stretching. Pretty hard to do anything with the machine slipping every time you work the treadle plate.

    I also have another experiment I'm going to use the tubing on. My Greyhound machine uses a real odd sized belt. I can get belts longer and shorter, but not right for this machine. So, I'm gonna try the tubing idea. If it works it will remove a lot of the strain from the motor.
    I'll let you all know what the results are.

    Joe

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    OH, I think I once slit the small insert tubing longwise to make the rolling and inserting much easier...forgot about that one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by J Miller View Post
    Shari,

    That does sound interesting. Something to put in the file for future consideration.
    Oh, how did she connect the ends?

    Joe
    The braid was over-hand knotted at the beginning and the end. The two pieces were then 'wrapped' with a single strand of the store thread - wrapped just like an eyelet is 'wrapped' with thread on to a fishing pole. Yes this made a 'bump' in the thread but the knots were over lapped a bit.

    Shari

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    I use aquarium running on my take base, both the 27 and the 306w share the base. I find that the soft tubing is actually kind of "sticky"and does not really need to be stretched very much...as a matter of fact I just finished serving all of the final leather edging on my"haver sack" and looking at my machine I would say that my belt is "slack" it gave me no trouble
    (I was having plenty on my own...folded edging is a bugger"

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    greywuuf, Thanks. I think I might have stretched mine a bit too much. It keeps popping apart. Hmmm, perhaps I'll just make a longer coupler.

    Joe

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    Joe, The plus to using the aquarium tubing is that it doesn't cost very much. You can make a longer coupler, that will work too.

    Also, I notice on my Singer 224 that I'm using lots right now that I did have to shorten the tubing since it kept slipping off. With the temperature up in the 90s ( I have house temp set at 80), I notice the tubing stretching. I have tubing on the Two Spools, but I had already shortened months ago when the temperature was cooler.

    Let me know if with lots of usage and warm temps if your tubing stretches.

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