• getting started,  machine knitting

    Setting Up Your Machine – Check the sponge-bar

    Many of the domestic knitting machines contain a needle retaining bar also known as a sponge-bar or sponge bar. Passaps, Superbas, some plastic bed machines and some really old machines do not have a sponge bar. Check if your machine has one. The sponge-bar is a long metal metal bar that contains a strip of foam that holds down the needles. The needles will not knit properly without a sponge-bar in good condition. The manuals do not seem to mention anything about the sponge-bar.  The sponge-bar on a Japanese metal bed knitting machine is found in a channel near the front of the machine.  You need to pull or push…

  • getting started,  machine knitting

    Setting up Your Machine – First get your Operation Manual

    Hopefully your knitting machine has arrived, and your knitting table has been set up.  You are now ready to start setting up your machine. Get Your Manual Your machine will usually come with its operating manual or user guide.  This manual is absolutely necessary to understand how to set-up and operate your machine.  If your machine did not come with a manual, then I strongly suggest that you try and find a second-hand one if possible.  Ask in the facebook groups or set-up an alert on Ebay. Alternatively, you can download pdf formats of most manuals at www.machineknittingetc.com.  You should be to take the file to a local printers and…

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    getting started,  machine knitting

    Got my Knitting Machine…Now what do I do?

    First, if you have your first knitting machine, or it is on it’s way to you, congratulations.  This is the start of your new hobby. You will probably be excited to start knitting.  But this may not be possible yet.  You need to prepare your knitting area and machine before you can start.  This post will go through the things that you need to do/get before you can start. If your machine is an new or old Knitmaster/Silver Reed/Singer/Studio standard gauge machine, then this blog is perfect for you as I will be showing you what to do on a Knitmaster standard gauge machine.   However, if you have a different…