I thought it would be some time before I got back to my upcycle project bag. I was at the point were I needed to sew the fabric pocket together and then sew the granny square to that. As you may know my sewing machine threw its belt.(the belt broke) So I did not want to do this all by hand. I was under the impression that it would be a looong time before I could replace the belt.
On Monday (July 16th) Nick (my son) and I were wandering around Wal-Mart enjoying the A/C. We often wander down the clearance row. Just as we were leaving the end of the row, I look down at the shelf in front of me and see a section of vacuum cleaner belts on clearance for a dollar. I looked through them and found these that were very similar to my sewing machine’s belt. So I went ahead and purchased them.
The vacuum belt is thicker and just slightly smaller around. I was able to get it onto the machine though. I had to use a pencil to squeeze it past the bobbin winder wheel to get around the actual machine wheel.
I then had to loosen the motor mount to slide it towards the top of the machine so I could get the belt around that wheel. I slid the belt on then moved the motor back down so it was just snug. I tightened the mount back down. Whoo Hooo!!! I was back in business!
I did not have to search the internet, send in for an order, and wait for it to arrive in mail. I just had to wander down Wal-Mart’s Clearance row. And It only cost a dollar for a package of 2. So now I have a back up.
Now I had no reason to put off sewing up the Granny Square pocket for my upcycle project bag. I will still have to sew the pocket onto the bag by hand but that is ok. I was going to anyway. 😀
I may have to hold off sewing the granny rectangle pocket as I was sewing the square the machine was making terrible squealing noises. I thought it was the needle rubbing the presser foot so I readjusted it. Not it, still squealing. I mentioned the squeal to David, he said maybe it needs oiled. I agreed with that and checked my little instruction pamphlet. Sure enough it had a page showing where to place oil but only use sewing machine oil. I don’t have any. 🙂 OMG! I have had this machine for nearly 30 years and have never oiled it. I think it might be due.
It is probably a good thing my sewing projects or few and far between. I wonder if I wander down the clearance row at Wal-Mart next week if they will have some. 😛