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Marshie Posted - 02/04/2013 : 4:30:14 PM
Hello, my name is Colleen Marsh from Queensland in Australia. I got onto this site as I was eager to start using my knitting machines again. I have a Brother Electroknit and a Brother Bulky knit. It has been over 25 years since I have used these machines and when I unpacked them I felt I had no idea how to make them work. With patience I removed every needle, cleaned, oiled and replaced them all. When I turned on the Electoknit unfortunately there was a noise and an electrical burn smell so that was the end of that adventure. I got onto this site looking for information that may enable me to find someone to fix this machine. I have since found someone in Brisbane who assures me they will be able to fix it so as soon as I get a chance to go to Brisbane I will take it down. I spend a lot of time on the road in the caravan, at present my husband and I are in Roma, Queensland for about 3 weeks.
The bulky machine is now set up and I have been able to get it working doing simple things like a small rug for the end of the bed in the caravan. I used plain squares and a fairisle pattern squares which has turned out quiet nicely for my first go for a long time. I am in the process of getting a fold up table made for this machine as it is to long for my knitting machine cabinet.
My intention is in my retirement I will get knitting again and make garments to give to the missions or such like when I don't have anything to knit for myself or family.
So if their are other machine knitters out there who can give me tips on getting going again I would appreciate that.
Many thanks, Colleen.
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Grand-moogi Posted - 03/25/2013 : 6:02:36 PM
My daughter has done it. I will ask her if she has any tips for you. My husband told her that she is never to tell him when she is doing it in future as he cannot cope with the suspense.

I knit a hug into every stitch
Marshie Posted - 03/25/2013 : 1:12:22 PM
I am in the process of doing a cut and sew short sleeved top. I have knitted the pieces of fabric so now have to press them out before sewing. This will have to go on hold now as I am going travelling again for about 3 weeks. If anyone out there has done cut and sew please give me a few tips. My daughter who is a fashion designer and dressmaker has given me a few ideas but has never worked with this type of medium. I really am enjoying having the knitting machines working again.
robinstephanie Posted - 03/14/2013 : 09:00:57 AM
Marshie, you are extremely resourceful. Have a great time!


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
robinstephanie Posted - 03/14/2013 : 08:58:42 AM
Man eating salt water crocodiles.



Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Grand-moogi Posted - 03/14/2013 : 03:34:46 AM
Robinsteph and azblue, Man eating salt water crocodiles. They need to go upstream to get fresh water to drink and they tend to live in streams that feed into the ocean. They can lie quietly underwater for hours and if something edible gets too close to the edge of the water, that's dinner fixed.
So many tourists ignore the "No swimming" and "Beware of Crocodiles" signs.

I knit a hug into every stitch
Marshie Posted - 03/06/2013 : 6:19:46 PM
Britlady 52 Hi Terri,
Just letting you all know that my husband has fixed my Brother Electroknit KH-910. We pulled it apart as your instructions said Terri, and found it was one capacitor had the side blown out of it and the fuse was blown. The 2 capacitors and 2 fuses cost $3.50 (Australian) which we bought here in Toowoomba. Everything is working well again. One of the spring things under the K carriage was stuck so I mixed up some machine oil and methylated spirits and gave it a good clean out and it is working perfectly now. I have the machine all set up now ready to use it as soon as I finish the cable sweater I am doing on the bulky brother KH-270. I was also able to buy an electric cord to fit the 910 which the last person who looked at it lost.It is a second hand Elna sewing machine cord but it fits the machine perfectly, that cost me $20.00.
I am gradually getting everything worked out again and I am very happy.
Colleen (Marshie)
azblueskies Posted - 02/28/2013 : 11:59:26 AM

Reminder to myself: PROVISIONAL cast on for EVERYTHING except toe-up socks.
robinstephanie Posted - 02/28/2013 : 09:57:28 AM
OK, I'm a total rookie. Clearly I would not last long in Oz. What comes out of the water hole, Grand-Moogi?


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Grand-moogi Posted - 02/28/2013 : 04:15:09 AM
Oh Marshie I would love to go there. Just keep away from water holes that have any connection with the sea no matter how remote but I guess as an aussie you know that.
I was once told "You can sit and look at a stretch of water for hours and never see a ripple and then you take a swim (or a drink) and it is the last thing you do."

I knit a hug into every stitch
Marshie Posted - 02/27/2013 : 6:48:12 PM
Grandmoggie, I will certainly look you up when we get down your way. Back to the Kimberleys is where we are going in May to finish that top end of Western Australia.
I am going to the Machine Knitters Club meeting in Toowoomba tomorrow so hopefully I will get a few beginners lessons to get me on my way.The cover I made for the end of the trailer bed is almost finished and I am happy with the machine knitting I did for it.
Grand-moogi Posted - 02/13/2013 : 04:15:21 AM
Oh Robin that is funny. Pissed means drunk here too. It reminds me of a couple of other funny ones too but I am going to put a post into topic. I think maybe I should not continue it here. I will put them in the first section where they mention jokes.
Marshie, If you ever get roaming down south around my way, be sure to let me know.

I knit a hug into every stitch
robinstephanie Posted - 02/11/2013 : 09:48:30 AM

I've heard of duvets, but not doonas. We call them "comforters". An old acquaintance (from Australia, actually) laughed himself silly when he heard me call it that. I guess it is a silly name, but I hadn't thought about it before then. After living a year in Europe, I actually call them duvets now; it just stuck.

Then there's the one about being pissed (I actually really hate that word.) Now sure if its the case in Australia, but in Britain it means you're drunk. In America, it means you're mad. Can lead to a lot of confusion:

Brit: Were you pissed when you did it?
American: Of course I was pissed! Wouldn't you be?



Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Grand-moogi Posted - 02/09/2013 : 6:50:55 PM
Robin, there is another one but I am not sure what you call it. We call it a Doona. In New Zealand they call it a Duvet. It is a big thick soft quilt thing you put on your bed. Sometimes filled with down. It is not likely to come up much in knitting circles although I guess a knitted doona cover would be lovely.

I knit a hug into every stitch
Marshie Posted - 02/08/2013 : 11:16:50 PM
Thanks Terrie, I have renewed the sponge bars in both machines. I am going to take the machine to this place in Brisbane as they will have whatever they need, plus I would not know where to find the parts I needed. I'll eventually get it sorted out and be happly knitting again. I also have a feeling that the card winder mechanism is gummed up which possibly caused the problem in the first place. They may be willing to tell my husband what to do if it should happen again, being an electrician he may be able to fix it if it should happen again.
This knitting machine I actually won at the Queensland Country Womens Association State Knitting Machine competition many many years ago and it has not had a lot of work. I had a Singer Knitting machine which I made the garments on. I won the competition 2 years in a row. I wouldn't enter the competition any more as the second year they gave it to the second place person as you couldn't win the machine twice. I requested they give it to the Roma Q.C.W.A where I lived at the time and I would go and give machine knitting lessons, but they refused.
My aim is to get back to the standard of knitting I was doing when I won that competition.
britlady52 Posted - 02/08/2013 : 5:16:28 PM
Hi Marshie and welcome. You don't give a model number for your Electroknit but if it's a 950i ... given the symptoms you mentioned - it's likely to be the capacitors and/or a blown fuse. I have four repair sheets showing how to fix this and it's actually quite easy. They are on my photobucket site and the link is:

Don't forget to re-sponge your needle retaining bars before knitting, if your machines have been left unused for any great length of time. Good luck - Terri (in Scotland UK)
robinstephanie Posted - 02/08/2013 : 10:27:09 AM
Aha! Grand-Moogie, we have found another one of your sets of words: jumper/sweater, wool/yarn, now we have caravan/trailer. I suspected you meant something like that, Colleen, but wasn't certain of the specific meaning, so now I know, and thank you.

We can't post pictures here, but we can post links to ravelry or flickr.


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Marshie Posted - 02/08/2013 : 12:54:09 AM
Hopefully the Ausies will understand what I am talking about and the rest we will just have to educate!
Caravan is a home on wheels, mine has a bedroom, kitchen, toilet and is about 21ft.long. We tow ours around with a Landcruiser which also has a camper on the back of it when we want to go 4WD, rough stuff. My huaband and I now spend most of our time on the road just moving around when we feel like it.
Just a question is there any way you can post photos on the site?
I possibly won't have a lot of knitting stuff to say until I get my electroknit fixed, then I'll possibly have lots of questions.
Thanks for the welcome,
Colleen. Posted - 02/07/2013 : 6:21:08 PM
Hi, Marshie! A hearty "Hello" from Colorado Springs, Colorado in America! Welcome to the KF! Glad u joined us & hope u decide to stay!


Keep on knitting!
The more, the merrier!
A balanced diet is a peanut butter cookie in each hand!
robinstephanie Posted - 02/07/2013 : 09:34:42 AM
Hi Colleen, Welcome, from Northern California. We were just talking here about knitting machines and what they can and can't do. I'll bet yours will provide your hours and hours of fun.

I have a question, along the lines of Grand-Moogi's post: What is a caravan?


Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
Grand-moogi Posted - 02/07/2013 : 04:12:40 AM
Welcome from Oz. I have something in common with you Colleen and it is not machine Knitting or nursing. I also come from Australia. I am in Temora in NSW. I am a couple of days drive south of you.
There are lots of machine knitters here. I hope you stay in touch on these forums.
Now the things I have learned are. We call it "wool" no matter what it is made of but here you must say "yarn" unless it really is wool then you can call it wool. You probably know that "jumpers" are called "sweaters" and I can't think of any others at the moment. The confusion has caused a bit of a stir at times. All good natured though.

I knit a hug into every stitch

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