I finished the pattern writing I had set aside for today, right on goal, so I get to reward myself tonight.
And as I worked and worked to get the tension and ruffling fabric issue sorted on the Singer 277M ((Which doesn’t have a name yet ---I really need to know they are going to stick around before I name them!)) I started to wonder what if…
What if I removed the motor –it’s as simple as unscrewing one bolt on the side-- and see how he/she behaves as a treadler!
As soon as I was sure that tensions were where they needed to be and the presser foot pressure was where it need to be, and everything was good…OFF came the motor!
IN to the cabinet it went!
Singer 227M ready to be treadly!
This is a GREAT machine for a straight stitcher! See the knob at the base of the bobbin spool pin? Just turn that and the feed dogs are down. It’s running so much smoother than it was just this morning ---my test stitches are turning out smooth and even, and look – no ruffling of fabric!
The singer 127 you see behind this one has a black belt. I ordered the black tubing belt from Lehman’s. It works fine, and the price is $6.95 plus shipping.
The tubing belts are great because unlike leather belts, they are VERY easy to adjust. There is a metal connector that slips into each end of the tube, and it stays tight. Much better and easier than dealing with unbending and rebending a staple and drilling holes into a leather belt the old-fashioned way.
Then I was told about McMaster-Carr Industrial Supply, and turned on to their tubing by the foot.
This is the 3/16” round tubing in CLEAR. Click HERE for more info. It also comes in a yellow with black writing about as bright as the yellow on the bag above..I prefer the clear. 72 cents per foot as I write this post! I ordered 18 feet. That should do me several treadle belts.
You will also need a package of 3/16” connectors.
Click HERE for the package of 25 connectors. They are tiny, but they do the job! The price for 25 ((Enough for 25 treadle machines!)) is $5.10 as I write this post. Slide one end of the connector into the end of the tubing treadle belt, trim the belt to the length you want, thread the belt into the machine, and join the ends.
**Note** It is easier to trim the belt down than to add to it, so don't cut it too tight! The belt does NOT need to be tight on the machine or the pedal will be too hard to run. You can always trim off more if it is still too big.
See the connector?
Guess who will be found at the treadle machine tonight?!