I actually have a belt. I'm not sure why it was taken off, maybe so the machine could be taken off the cabinet and stored? I think I'll try and put it back on. One end is frayed a bit, but the staple is there and maybe it will go back on. It's leather, and it doesn't seem to be brittle or anything.
When I was unable to find any books at the library about old machines, I went to Amazon.com and found three, very inexpensive, that I've ordered. 2 are about antique machines and the other is about how the sewing machine revolutionized the housewife's life. It's called the Queen of Inventions and might be of interest to all members, not just the ones with antique machines.
After Santa brings them, I'll let you all know! Nancy in BRRR NY