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Do all knitting machines have sponge bars?
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Aug 23, 2011 20:21:19   #
mary ruegg
 
I have a old Knitking which I just got today and I am real happy about it only thing is I never got a manual with it. So I have cleaned up the bed and the ribber as well changed 2 needles on the ribber and it didn't have a sponge bar. So when I went to the main bed it is made the same way so what I want to know is this right. I feel as dum as a box of rocks. All I know is I don't want to pull the bar off if there is not a sponge under it.
 
Aug 23, 2011 23:05:32   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
mary ruegg wrote:
I have a old Knitking which I just got today and I am real happy about it only thing is I never got a manual with it. So I have cleaned up the bed and the ribber as well changed 2 needles on the ribber and it didn't have a sponge bar. So when I went to the main bed it is made the same way so what I want to know is this right. I feel as dum as a box of rocks. All I know is I don't want to pull the bar off if there is not a sponge under it.


the sponge bars were undoubtedly removed for refurbishing and not put back....you are sure you're looking in the right place? looking at the end, you should see a gray or beige piece of plastic just inside a hole under the needle bed..... use a pencil with eraser to push if you see this.... it will come out the other end... i have never seen a knitking without a sponge bar.... if they are not there, look on ebay to find one to replace it with.....
Aug 24, 2011 00:45:15   #
clogden21
 
can you include a photo? would love to see it.

You can check this site for a manual
http://knittsings.com/knitting-machine-manuals/
not sure of your model numbers but some brother machine are the equivalent the the knitking.

You will love it. Yes it should have a sponge bar
The Sponge Bar on my Brother 585
The Sponge Bar on my Brother 585...
Aug 24, 2011 06:36:30   #
vancat
 
The needles will not work properly if there isn't a sponge
bar under them.
Aug 24, 2011 18:57:45   #
mary ruegg
 
I am not sure but this machine looks a lot like the Antique AM3 I found when looking around and the closes I can come to what it looks like is the Knitmaster 4300 and 4500 there are a little differenc but not much it came with only serial No. AM 77392 and PAM 32653 on the ribber on the carriage it says knitking Automatic hope this helps. I will post a picture when I get one and figer out how. Thanks
Aug 24, 2011 20:03:43   #
Texasnana
 
HI Mary

I just got a old Knitking AM3 it dose not use a sponge bar.I have the manual I could copy it for you .
email nanas_43@yahoo.com Dorothy in Calif.
 
Aug 24, 2011 21:38:02   #
jeannie2954 (a regular here)
 
No, not all knitting machines have sponge bars/retainer bars. To my knowledge the Passap, Superba (sold under different names Singer, White, Phildar) use a spring to hold the needles down (sort of like the springs in old screen doors. Some of the older machines I believe used what was called "sinkers" that worked with the needles.

Check out this website you will find it very informative.
http://www.knittingmachinemuseum.com/Home_Page.php
Aug 25, 2011 09:34:58   #
Jaszy
 
If it is an old Knit King, it will not have a sponge bar but it does have a string (cord) which is the needle retainer. Just unscrew the top of the bed and you will see the string in place. If it is all worn out, just replace it with another similiar weight string. Some machines have sponge bars and some have plastic retainer bars without sponge. The really old Knit Kings just had a cord. They are great machines! They were taken over by Brother so parts may be available again from a company in China who is making machines based on the Brother specs since the patent ran out. I have done the string replacement so know that it really works!
Jan 15, 2012 13:38:40   #
aoroyer
 
I am so glad I found you, I just got an AM3 knitking and trying to find where the sponge bar should be. Couldn't find it. I found a manual online but i think it is a generic manual for another type of machine. Do you have a manual for the AM3 knitking and could I get a copy of it somehow?
 
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