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Candace

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Does anyone own one or do I have one of the few machines in the U.S.??  I'm not having much luck at all trying to find a replacement timing belt.  I've measured it, but it's a disintegrated fiber belt so it may not be exact:<   This model was made and sold in Japan and I was gifted the machine recently from the original owner.  It looks to be a pretty solid machine with metal gears.  I've googled and googled some more and it's an enigma.  I've contacted 4 or 5 part resellers and none of them have been able to find the model in their database to accurately give me the correct belt to purchase.  Before I put any $ into it I'd love to hear if it's a decent machine or if it's not here in the U.S. for a reason.  LOL.
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Candace,

I've never seen a 617U, but that doesn't mean much. 

Last year I had fits finding a belt for a SEWMOR 414 machine.   Nothing I had would fit and no one had a listing for it.   I tried the string method but the belt that matched that measurement didn't work.   Then I had a brain storm and that actually worked.   
I found a rubber stretchy belt that would fit, put the motor adjustment in the center of travel, and measured the OD of the belt while it was on the machine.  Then with the help of Leila (treadlecrazy) and her formula we calculated that it should be a 16.5" belt.    I bought one and it fit.

So here is the tread with Leila's formula.   http://www.victoriansweatshop.com/post/belts-are-a-pain-in-the-neck-so-is-a-short-circuit-ouch-8277218?pid=1293719324

Give it a try, it just might work for the Singer too.  I hope so, good luck.

Joe

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Farmer John

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Just to make things clear, Candace, is it is a TIMING belt that you seek rather than a motor belt ?
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Candace

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Yes, thanks John, it's the timing belt I need.  I think my only options are to buy a few in the size nearest I can find and see if it works.  Because no one has records on this model.  The manual is also in Japanese. If I can find a similar model the belts may be the same.  But I've not found a model in my searches that looks just like this one:<  It's a slant machine too, which is interesting.  
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Candace

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Joe, it's not really easy to measure the timing belt in the manner you described since it's inside the machine.  I measured using a non stretch ribbon but who knows if that's dead on or not.  I'm finding timing belts that a bit smaller than my measurement and some much larger.  And the width of the replacement belts are much smaller than the original which is a bit troubling.  The original is a fairly wide fiber belt and the newer ones are much thinner.  I wish I could just find a part #!  I can't believe no records of this machine are in any supplier databases.  It's so weird.  
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Hi Candace,

Interesting machine. Too bad it's giving you a hard time.

Try http://tandtrepair.com/600TandSstuff.html

for the timing belt. They claim to have a fitting one for the japanese made 600series.

Good luck!


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Candace

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Thanks for the link I will check it out!
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Candace,

Sorry about that.  I completely missed the "timing" part.

Joe

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