Don't know if you all follow this blog, but this is an interesting, and useful post.
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JoAnne, one more note. If you are going to use the new machine for free motion quilting, then you should get a vintage Singer 15. The Singer 66 is a great straight stitch machine, but it does not drop its feed dogs for FM. The Singer 15, on the other hand, does drop its feed dogs! I have a Singer 15-88 treadle that I use for FM all the time.
Update on my slipping oxygen tube belt: it was slipping again yesterday so I added the rubber band instead of shortening the belt. It seemed a little better. Today I went down with my spray bottle full of vodka that I use for cleaning. I soaked a hunk of cotton batting and ran that in the belt groove on the treadle wheel. I probably did 150 rotations and kept turning the vodka soaked cotton and ended up using three pieces of batting before it was looking pretty clean. (That surprised me since I know I did a cleaning when I first started using this treadle. But, I did not use alcohol that first time.) Then I started sewing. It is now working perfectly (no slippage) and my belt length is the same as it was a few days ago.
Note on the rubber band. It will only be useful if you put it on the part of the hand wheel that the belt uses! LOL When I looked closely today I noticed I put it too far to the left (towards the machine body) so the belt was still riding on a metal surface; not the rubber band. No wonder I didn't notice much difference! I'll bring down a different rubber band and install it CORRECTLY tomorrow. I can be such a doofus sometimes!
Thank you VintageMotif and Joe for your help.
Judy, I'm glad that you figured it out. Enjoy treadling!
I adopted 2 more machines today. One is that 1886 singer 115 i found on craigslist. It has a beautiful coffin top and pretty irons with the gold and red nice and bright.
I also brought home a.white rotary in a Martha Washington cabinet.
I will post pics tomorrow. Theyre not getting unloaded from the back of my truck till the kids get all the bags of feed out from around them in the morning