Thanks to everyone who sent suggestions about how to deal with the smell of my new treadle belt. I hung it outside to "air out" for a week, and then put it in the downstairs cupboard for another week. This week it smells like regular leather instead of a skunk, so I can stand it now:) Here is the old belt and the new one...quite a difference in the look of the leather.
To learn how to replace the belt, I read the suggestions posted in a "Treadle On" article, and I watched this video on Youtube. Then I got out the tools and got to work.
I made the belt a little bit tight because everything I read said the leather stretches out a bit at first. It was harder to treadle with this new belt for sure. So hopefully it will relax and be easier to use soon. And hopefully I have it installed correctly!?
While I was rummaging around in the treadle drawers, I found this enormous diaper pin, and a very old spool of thread with a sticker that said it cost 15 cents!
The next step on my treadle journey will be to oil the machine, so I plan to do some research on that this week.