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I bought some new treadle leathers off Amazon recently and am really bummed with the poor quality.  I installed one on a treadle today and it tore out right at the staple after very few revolutions.  I used to buy mine at Sew Classic, but now that they are closed I need a new vendor that has decent quality and quick shipping.  Any recommendations?
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I'm no expert but I bought the one below and it seems very durable. It was difficult to cut and put a hole in at least.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-72-Best-Leather-SEWING-MACHINE-TREADLE-BELT-Singer-3-16-USA-MADE-NEW/201708207013?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649
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I'm no expert but I bought the one below and it seems very durable. It was difficult to cut and put a hole in at least.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1-72-Best-Leather-SEWING-MACHINE-TREADLE-BELT-Singer-3-16-USA-MADE-NEW/201708207013?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2057872.m2749.l2649


Luilovebug.  I've ordered a few things form him in the past thanks!  He seems to be a good one to buy from!  Someone else recommended TreadleLady on Etsy in Fresno too.


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I've gotten decent quality from Central Michigan Sewing Supplies, but twice now they've sent me an orange belt when what I ordered was "natural oak color".  Both times I've pointed out the error and they've immediately sent me the right belt, but it's sort of annoying.   But if you want orange, they've got you covered.  ;-)

A couple of folks on treadleon recently recommended wawak.com -- I haven't tried them, but I made a note for next time.

I'll also make a note of luilovebug on ebay now.

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I recently purcheased 2 from them as well but I think the ebay seller's belt is of higher quality. It's just much denser I guess. On the other hand the softer belt may have other advantages I'm not considering and it certainly seems adequate.
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Quilters Connection is where I get my Singer parts. He carries treadle belts.

http://www.quilters-connection.com/

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Quilters Connection is where I get my Singer parts. He carries treadle belts.

http://www.quilters-connection.com/

Cari



That place looks familiar.  Who owns it Cari?

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That place looks familiar.  Who owns it Cari?


Shelley Chappel used to own the quilt shop in Dallas. Her husband David Werther is a big Featherweight guru. He runs some groups on FB, featherweightology and Featherweight friends. He also fixes machines and gives classes for FWs and 301s.

They no longer live in Dallas, they now live right down the street from me.

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Shelley Chappel used to own the quilt shop in Dallas. Her husband David Werther is a big Featherweight guru. He runs some groups on FB, featherweightology and Featherweight friends. He also fixes machines and gives classes for FWs and 301s.

They no longer live in Dallas, they now live right down the street from me.

Cari


Lucky you!  It has to be nice to be able to buy supplies so nearby.

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If you aren't after aesthetics, you might consider using oxygen tank tubing instead of leather. I got a bunch of it at an estate sale and I find it makes excellent treadle belt material. In my experience, it works better than a leather belt and is super cheap. I use the green tubing on my machines and I like the way it looks.

Just cut it to length and shove something flexible in the ends to join them together. I use a piece of old power cord.
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Hmm. You may say that's not good for aesthetics, but I'm looking at a green crinkle machine here and thinking tubing with a greenish tinge might actually look great. I'm reconciled to the leather now that it's stopped stinking up the place like a wet dog, but for later, maybe.
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Lucky you!  It has to be nice to be able to buy supplies so nearby.


They are some of the nicest people I've ever met. In addition to the classes he gives, they have a monthly get together to come and work on a machine or sew or just sit and gab, whatever we want to do. We usually have a potluck food fest and have a blast. Of course the last couple sew days have been cancelled but he's thinking about starting it back up soon. I can't wait.

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If you aren't after aesthetics, you might consider using oxygen tank tubing instead of leather. I got a bunch of it at an estate sale and I find it makes excellent treadle belt material. In my experience, it works better than a leather belt and is super cheap. I use the green tubing on my machines and I like the way it looks.

Just cut it to length and shove something flexible in the ends to join them together. I use a piece of old power cord.


In this case aesthetics do matter--not to me but to someone else!  I am working hard to clean up and clear out a few machines and so they won't be staying with me and will find home faster if they look "normal".  My goal this year has been to reduce the numbers!  So far I am down 15 machines!  Yay!

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Different strokes for different folks. To be honest, I think the green goes very well with most treadle cabinets. For me, if I can get better performance from a less expensive product, it's a win win. I also understand that some prefer the more authentic look of leather belts.
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Different strokes for different folks. To be honest, I think the green goes very well with most treadle cabinets. For me, if I can get better performance from a less expensive product, it's a win win. I also understand that some prefer the more authentic look of leather belts.


Don't get me wrong, I don't have a problem with it at all.  I am more of a traditionalist myself but if that's what I had, that's what I'd use!  When a machine is going to be up for sale though, I find people are more attracted to what is familiar or "how they think it should look" to feel safe buying from someone they don't know. I think that's even more important now with the social distancing, because they don't know me.  They can't see my face well with the mask on.  They won't be coming into my home and seeing how I live and they most likely will be staying a very short amount of time in order to minimize risk.

*I fantasize that they don't know me, but truth be told I am getting a little bit of reputation for being that person that knows a lot about old sewing machines.  Yikes!  I never really wanted to be that person.  I just want to do my own thing and collect machines and sometimes I sell a few to keep the status quo.  *embarrassed blushing

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