Today I set about learning to treadle. It was immediately apparent that the belt was slipping badly and needed to be tightened. The husbeast snipped off about an inch of the belt and reattached the c-clip. That's better. Now we're in business. The oil is beginning to seep into the long parched moving parts and every time I sit down to sew it gets easier and easier. It's difficult to explain just how relaxing it is to sew using a treadle. I cannot believe how perfectly even the stitches are. Here is my latest practice piece.