In March I ordered a new belt for the Necchi. It was guaranteed to fit. Well it didn't. I knew it wouldn't but, nevertheless I persisted, and forced that belt onto the Necchi. That, of course rendered the machine inoperable because the motor position interferred with the feed. Sigh. I had hoped that the new belt, which is the appropriate width, would fit so that I could use the Bobbin Winder. The current 14 3/4 inch diameter 1/4 inch width lug belt works fine. It's just too wide and kicks the bobbin winder off after only a few rotations of the wheel. I doubt I wll be able to find a narrow 14 3/4 inch belt, though I will continue to look. Meanwhile I can wind bobbins on my Nolting BW and when all of my sewing stuff is in one place, it will not be an issue.
I had started this project in the house. That was just plain stupid. I figured that I would be better off in the shop. As soon as I set the machine on my makeshift working block, two lock washers fell off onto the work bench. Why they didn't fall off between the house and the shop is a mystery to me. But it was clear where they belonged, on the bolts holding the motor to the machine.
It felt good to be in the shop. I opened the window, listened to our babbling brook and played with my tools.
Yesterday I sorted through machines, looking for one I could donate to a new sewist, sewer, person who sews. I had in mind that the Montgomery Ward I have is the perfect machine. Except....
When I got it out to look at it and test it, I felt that SOJ. Spark Of Joy. Nope Gotta keep this one.