Sunday, September 18, 2011
I have put a treadle belt on it, and it runs really smooth and quiet. It took a few (hundred) tries to get the treadle belt on. First I made a mistake punching the hole- it went off center and tore the edge of the leather belt. Then, I unwittingly (witlessly) threaded the belt in the incorrect path, so it looked as though it were many inches too short. i was puzzled by this, because I measured against the old, broken belt, but I thought maybe a piece was missing. I dorked around for a while, trying to figure out how I was going to lengthen the belt I had already cut. I settled for using silk thread to sew the cut belt back together. Silk has a pretty high tensile strength, so I hoped it would last until i could order a new belt and have it arrive.After putting the staple in, again, to connect the ends of the belt, i found that the belt was getting caught in the flywheel. I lay on the floor, turning the flywheel by hand, until I realized that the belt was going through the wrong path. I threaded it correctly and discovered...that the belt had been cut to the right length, and so I needed to cut off my silk thread repair. Then it worked just fine. At the length I had originally cut it, a full hour before.I'll try sewing on it tomorrow. Tonight, it might make my head explode.