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« Reply #20 on: January 08, 2008 01:34:04 AM »

Make sure you're pulling down tight on the nylon ravel cord....other than that, I don't know what to suggest besides practise with cheap yarn  Grin
Talking of yarn, where are you all getting your cones of 4 ply from?
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« Reply #21 on: January 08, 2008 02:49:55 AM »

My machine came complete with desktop cone-winders and a stack of empty cones, so I just buy standard balls of wool and wind them myself.

I have managed to buy a couple of cones on eBay - you see them on there sometimes, but the choice is limited 

There's a market in the next town that apparently still sells cones of 4-ply, but apparently in cheap acrylic only Undecided
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« Reply #22 on: January 08, 2008 03:02:36 AM »

I seriously need to get off my butt and buy a yarn winder.
Our local market does acrylic 4 ply on a cone but has very limited colours, I don't object to acrylic - it's just I don't want salmon pink or pastel yellow  Wink
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« Reply #23 on: January 08, 2008 05:43:07 AM »

Does anyone have a picture of a brother machine all set up with the yarn on. I've read the instructions, but I'm so much better with visuals. The manual I have does not show the yarn set-up at all.

So I finally got the wool cast on ( I need a new needle bay sponge), I've temporarily added some insulation sponge. I got it cast on, but after 2 or 3 rows the carriage gets stuck and I have to take it apart to unravel yarn. Any ideas?

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« Reply #24 on: January 08, 2008 06:04:45 AM »

Are the needles all undamaged? My old machine used to catch when I needed new needles. I used to cheat and swap them with the end ones  Wink Also take the carriage off and make sure there's no threads wrapped around the disks/wheels/brushes.

Have you been to www.bsk.co.uk ? They have all the bits and pieces and there may be a pic of a machine set up to go.
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« Reply #25 on: January 09, 2008 12:57:20 AM »

Are the needles all undamaged? My old machine used to catch when I needed new needles. I used to cheat and swap them with the end ones  Wink Also take the carriage off and make sure there's no threads wrapped around the disks/wheels/brushes.

Have you been to www.bsk.co.uk ? They have all the bits and pieces and there may be a pic of a machine set up to go.


The needles all look OK. I did find that one of the brushes was falling to bits, so I removed it and I'll order a new one from bsk.

Has anyone ever had a problem with the sinker plate being a little warped?
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« Reply #26 on: April 04, 2008 12:16:09 PM »

I bought a knitting machine today!  I'm really looking forward to using it, despite the fact that it's a Bond.  It isn't even an USM, it's an 'Incredible' sweater machine.  But you know what, it was $5 for the whole shebang, everything is there except a yarn needle.  So I figure, we'll give it a shot.  I'm looking at some videos on YouTube, and maybe after my first spinning class tomorrow I'll see what I can do with the knitting machine.
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« Reply #27 on: April 04, 2008 12:20:09 PM »

$5, wow! Have fun with the machine. Cheesy
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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2008 12:24:40 PM »

awesome bargain lothruin  Smiley got to admit after one frustrating baby blanket fiasco I haven't made anything on mine  Lips sealed
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« Reply #29 on: April 05, 2008 09:55:30 AM »

I set it up and tried it out this morning, and it works pretty well.  My daughter, Kit, is looking forward to helping me make her a sweater, but I think I'll go get some Wool-ease Chunky this afternoon after my spinning class and we'll start with a baby blanket.  Cheesy
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