I have been having a wonderful time with the 201-3 as a treadle. The coil spring belt is a bit chirpy but I kind of like the noise. Today I had need for zig zag, though. I hauled the 237 out of the shop and put it in the stand. The belt doesn't quite fit. It's a 1/4 inch diameter belt. I think I need the 3/16. Time to order one from McMaster Carr. And while I am at it I am going to order the infamous urethane belt too. People rave about it. I'd like to compare. I wonder if the urethane would stretch the way the coil spring does? I needed to drop the feed dogs on the 201 and all I had to do was lift the machine up a bit. I didn't even have to release the belt.
It looks nice in this stand. I was having some trouble with the tension. I finally decided to replace the tension nut. The original was cracked all the way through. It is much better now. I wonder why I didn't do that months ago?
So why did I need the ZZ? As you all know we have three dogs. The dogs sleep on the furniture. I made a cover for the sectional couch years ago. Originally it was in three pieces but taking it off to wash it was a huge hassle. I finally sewed it into one big piece but it doesn't fit in our washer now. So today, because it was time to wash it again, I literally cut it in half. I needed to zz the edges where I cut it apart. It worked quite well. I then sewed a ten inch wide strip along the edge so that can tuck into the couch between the sections. I had thought I might insall a zipper. This was easier.
I also put together two quilt blocks for the Treadle On Block Exchange (TOBE) for the TOGA.
The center stripe is for the Signature. The idea is to make the blocks, all uniformly 6 1/2 inches square and then exchange them at the TOGA. It commemorates the event and it encourages folks to actually use the machines. I like the 201 better for piecing. It makes a straighter stitch. That could be me, too. I think a SS needle plate might help as well. More shopping.