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missangela85
New Pal

United Kingdom
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Posted - 05/24/2011 :  12:46:30 PM  Show Profile Send missangela85 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a domestic brother knit machine, standard size, and I havent used it in quite a while since uni so thought I'd try get back into it again. I bought a new carriage cos the old one was bit faulty. and now i've got a slight problem with the carriage going across the knit bed,

....it works fine from LEFT to RIGHT and works with ease without that 'grinding' noise that you sometimes hear, but when I knit the carriage from RIGHT to LEFT, it sometimes half jams, i say half cos it still manages to knit but with alot of effort and grinding, similar to the noise when it jams. I cant exactly knit one row with ease, then grinding and tugging on the next row and repeat a million rows until I've reached my desired length :S I've taken the carriage out and given it a good ol dusting and oiled the spin-cog things, ive cleaned the yarns from the spinning brush things, it seems to HALF jam, it also happens the more knit I've done, I've put some weights to hold it down, yet still half jams :S

anyone know what I mean? or know what to do? :S

Thanks

Angela

Bernie
Chatty Knitter

Canada
115 Posts

Posted - 05/25/2011 :  02:59:33 AM  Show Profile Send Bernie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How old is the sponge bar, that could be part of the problem. They deteriorate and it sounds like it's not keeping the needles in position. The grinding noise going from right to left is usually static. You can put a fabric softener sheet under the yarn and that usually helps.
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ValerieG
Chatty Knitter

107 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2011 :  5:05:43 PM  Show Profile Send ValerieG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
This is a classic static issue.
Lots of things can help. More moisture in the air is the biggie.
a Dryer sheet under the yarn cone or stuck somewhere that the yarn can rub on it. (I personally, worry that this will ad gunk to the machine, so haven't tried it.)
There is a whole tread on the Yahoo machine knitting bulleting board
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amoonsinger
New Pal

USA
38 Posts

Posted - 08/06/2011 :  08:02:41 AM  Show Profile Send amoonsinger a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If the machine hasn't been used for awhile the sponge strip/bar needs replacing. They only last so long then they start to go bad. They will go right to mush in the machine. So remove and replace the sponge strip/bar.

The sponge holds the needles in place for the carriage to run over properly. When the sponge gets soft it does not hold the needles right and they grind when you run the carriage, and the carriage cannot knit right. You can damage both needles and carriage.
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