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Nov 9, 2012 06:41:40   #
Hi Everyone, I purchased some very cheap yarn on cones but they smell like mothballs and dampness. I have done projects with them and then washed them and soaked in fabric softener but the smell lingers. Can I immerse the whole cone in something (they are mostly cotton or acrylic) and then dry on the sun? It is spring in Australia so lovely sunny, windy days. Anyone ever had this problem?
Nov 9, 2012 09:48:13   #
Bicarbonate of soda is good for removing smells. Some of my cones that have beeen in the garage for years tend to smell a bit but they should be alright after a few hours in the sunshine.
Nov 9, 2012 20:08:40   #
When washing, add a little vinegar. Vinegar is good for removing odor. Once it's dried, the vinegar smell will be gone too.
Nov 9, 2012 21:25:20   #
Thank you for that. I have left the yarn in the sun for days and the odor is still there. I shall try the bicarbonate next and report back.
Nov 10, 2012 08:43:47   #
Marjorie Egan
I suspect that you will want to take it off into skeins, and then wash. The density of the cone might prevent the inner parts from getting as "sweet smelling" as you would like. It is a lot of work, but probably worth it.
Nov 10, 2012 09:27:02   #
I think the last suggestion is your best bet ,granted ,a lotb of work but will get you sweet smelling wool .
Also I need some encouragement ,,trying to get my Ultimate Sweater machine to work smoothly ,but not having much success ,getting very discouraged ,and about to give up .
Nov 10, 2012 09:38:21   #
I don't have a USM, but some time back I sem to remember that someone had a problem, contacted the manufacturer and learned that some modles of the machine had a defect in the carriage! they sent her a new machine and it worked great!

Good Luck Knitting!

Diana A
Nov 10, 2012 09:49:47   #
i have usm as well dont uses as often as i should, i have done alot of knitting on it and found that it needs alot of wax, or spray make sure the yarn is flowing freely and mine likes slower speed on the carriage.
Nov 10, 2012 10:54:45   #
Years ago I bought some beautiful mohair at a yard sale. It's what got me started crocheting, but when I got it home it reeked of mothballs, a smell I cannot stand. After trying washing, febreeze, baking soda and probably a few other things, I finally bought "Smelleze" online and it acutally worked. I just shut it up in a closet with the Smelleze for a few days and voila!
Nov 10, 2012 10:57:22   #
Thank you DianaA and rsprime,Just trying my usm again and I don`t think it`s the carriage ,I`m going to try more spray and see if that helps .I`m just trying to make some cotton dish cloths for stocking stuffers .the cotton is rather thick ,so I`m using no 4 keyplate m.I would like to do an afghan but I don`t want this kind of trouble on a large project LOL. Thanks again ,and any advice is more than welcome , Curious
Nov 10, 2012 11:22:20   #
curious wrote:
I think the last suggestion is your best bet ,granted ,a lotb of work but will get you sweet smelling wool .
Also I need some encouragement ,,trying to get my Ultimate Sweater machine to work smoothly ,but not having much success ,getting very discouraged ,and about to give up .

I have the same machine and recently purchased another to add to my first. I found the second one isn't the same quality I got with the first one 15 yrs ago. What I did with my new one is. Sprayed the bed with a silicone spray, I made sure my key plates were well waxed, also I found that the new needles have trouble opening, So I got a q-tip and used vasaline around the joints until they were loosened up. I still find it pretty stiff, but the more I use it the smoother it gets. I called the company and complained about breaking one of the new needles right away, and they're sending me more, they also told me that they just purchased the company and I explained how the quality went down for 15 yrs ago. I hope that this will help for them to resolve some of the problems. The thing is, it's the most affordable one out there, and was right in my price range... I hope this helps
Nov 10, 2012 11:39:12   #
Thank you Seasha,I have sprayed the keyplate with silicone .but not the bed ,the needles seem to be opening alright ,but it`s jamming in the middle of the row ,the stitches there are really tight ,just a few in the center .
any idea what could cause this ?Curious
Nov 10, 2012 11:39:17   #
I had the same problem with my ultimate sweater machine. Did everything they suggested and more. Spent days on it. Finally, I had to give myself a time limit and I had to send it back. Amazon is good at taking your purchases back for a refund. I am not one to give up but with this product I had to. Good luck! I know some people can get it to work but I couldn't.
Nov 10, 2012 12:37:03   #
curious wrote:
Thank you Seasha,I have sprayed the keyplate with silicone .but not the bed ,the needles seem to be opening alright ,but it`s jamming in the middle of the row ,the stitches there are really tight ,just a few in the center .
any idea what could cause this ?Curious

Make sure you spray your bed as well with silicone. Also see if you can tell if the needles in the middle are up a little higher, if they are you might have to readjust your sponge foam, if that's the case keep fiddling with it until they're all at the same level.
Nov 10, 2012 12:55:02   #
I have a usm and will tell you cotton is a pain to work with as it doesn't stretch...go very slowly, wax/spray the key plate and even rub some on the rail..other yarns are great to work with but like anything else there is a learning curve. If you are on face book there is a group on there for the bond machines also make sure where the parts join hasn't popped up a bit..mine does that
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