How to Remove and Install a Singer Featherweight Belt

Hello everyone. This is Carmen with the same the weight shop I wanted to talk to you just real briefly about how to change the belt on your featherweight first I kind of want to tell you when would be the right time to replace the belt what you need to look for basically I have a rule of thumb and that is if your belt is.

Bad that it causes your bobbin winder to skip or if it makes a clunking sound as it goes around maybe it's time to replace your belt.

Let's let's look at a couple examples of when that might be this belt right here and see on the edge right along there it's rigged up this rough spot it's going to cause your bobbin winder to basically skip every time it goes over they're going to cause you problems winding a bobbin.

That's probably a good example of a belt that should be replaced next one here is a belt that's coming apart you can see this here that's that's going to be a problem it also has these serious cracks all the way around and I do mean these are serious cracks little cracks we don't worry about much but these cracks are going to cause your bobbin winder to just skip as well and there's probably not any hope for saving that belt.

How to Remove and Install a Singer Featherweight Belt

It's probably time to replace that bill here's another one here where. This is common where the seam where the belt was made on the inside comes apart it's going to clunk every time it goes over the motor pulley but if this isn't too bad you can take a little like e6000 glue and try to glue it back together and you might get a few more years of use out of it and that's not a bad idea as well.

That one you know might be salvageable might be time to replace it just have to see and then this one here is really common this belt was probably left on a machine a machine that was unused for you know decades and it gets that you know without the wheel being turned it gets this hard hard turn right here and it becomes very yeah it'll clunk every time it goes around basically sometimes if it's not too bad and it hasn't been too many years just by a little bit of use it'll work itself back out you know the belt itself is nice and soft good but a lot of times you just you can't get it to work out in there it's there it's stuck.

Anyway, those are examples of belts that needed replaced if a belt just looks kind of old a little bit worn but is nice and soft and does not causing any problems I would keep on using it no need to replace it at that point.

Now let's talk about actually replacing the belt what we need to do is the first thing you want to do is to get this you can see it here is to loosen this screw right here that screw right there holds the motor on and it's in a slot and.

When you loosen this screw now you do want to use a screw driver that where I'm using one of our new various screw drivers that has the coated shaft you do want to use a screw driver that has a coated shaft or at the very least put some cloth or something in between here because the angle of this screw when you go to loosen it this screw driver wants to rest up against the back of the neck of the machine right down here and we see machines come in where the pain is chipped and such there.

You want to protect that.

Anyway, we're going to loosen that screw sometimes those are on really hard haven't been moved in years but once it's loose you don't need to take it all the way out just a turn or two once it's loose then you can move the motor up and down.

Now let's turn this.

We can see how to get the belt off.

Now that the motor is loose we're going to raise raised it up as to its highest point and then we're just going to take the belt and we're going to roll out do this you can see it there we're going to roll out and down and it'll just roll right off the pulley at that point in time you can just kind of fish it off of the hand wheel and now your old belt is off and we're ready to put the new one on.

Here we have a new belt one of the things you need to do is to put it on the hand wheel first now when it goes on the hand wheel can this give you a better view when you turn when you when you first put it on you can see there's kind of a little lip up here let's see if I can get that where you can see it.

If you don't get the belt on all the way it hangs up on that lip and we often get calls with people saying well the belt is too small to fit on my featherweight when in reality it's just stuck up there on that little lip and once it drops down and the groove there now it now looks like it's the right length.

Anyway, all feather weight belts whether black tan white or a tutu - they all take the same size belt.

Here we've got the belt on the pulley alright excuse me on the hand wheel first now what we're going to do is raise it up just on to the end of the pulley out here like this and then we're going to pull you know when we took it off we pulled it out away from the machine now we're going to pull it towards the Machine and just roll down sometimes it have to guide it with your another hand but once you roll it down it'll just roll right on.

I'm going to pull it back off and show you that one more time.

It's out here on the end we're going to pull in towards the machine towards the motor and it rolled on I was able to even do it with one hand.

Anyway, that's all there is to replace in a belt and one other thing I was going to mention is this belt is a v-shaped belt and.

What it's it's designed to be really loose and as the machine starts to draw power it draws into this pulley here and it locks everything together to where the Machine will want to go.

It's made to be loose like this and once you get this belt on like this you can watch we have another video on the school house about how to actually adjust it and get it to the right to the right tension on the belt but one of the things I mentioned this because another belt that needs replaced is if you ever have a round belt on this there's a round tension belt it's actually a belt that's usually for vacuum cleaners and often comes from you know vacuum and.

Shops it is not the right type of belt for a featherweight it's tight the whole entire time and.

It puts much more drag on this little motor and it's hard on your motor.

If you have one of those I would definitely replace it but anyway, that's all it takes to put a new belt on and I said you can watch our other video of how to adjust it if you have any questions feel free to shoot us a an email here at the featherweight shop you can chat with us on Facebook or feel free to give us a call as well thanks a lot and have a great day. Okay, one quick thing about motors replacing belts on motors that have a bakelite motor pulley out here on them this piece here is metal on your motors out of the US but you know like your white machines out of the UK or your two tutus even your two to one case they're going to have a motor that has this big light pulley on it here. This is bakelite and.

It's therefore very brittle.

That first thing that I just showed you about how to get this off by pulling out here rolling down that there's a good chance that if you try that you might crack this pulley and as of yet there is not a replacement for this bakelite pulley and.

I'm going to show you how to do this on one of these machines these a little set screw right there goes all the way through the shaft on the on the motor.

I'm going to loosen it again proper size screwdriver helps a bunch but when you get that out you take the screw all the way out set it aside.

It has that little screw and then you can pull this right off of the shaft of the motor old white motor here dirty need some cleaning and can't do that without taking this off anyway.

Here you go. This is a bakelite pulley it looks like plastic and but it is very brittle.

When you go to put a new belt on here you would put the belt on to the handrail first and then slip it on here and then slide it on to the pulley like that and you have to move move the pulley around manually to where it gets lined up with the hole.

That then you can put the little screw back in anyway, just a safety tip to keep you from breaking that thing as well you.

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