I just bought a Studio 700 knitting machine and I am having trouble casting on. I cannot find any help at any of our knitting shops around here, Actually when I call and ask about a knitting machine they act like I just slapped them in the face. I have videos and I have all the manuals but still having trouble as I finally got it to cast on but it seems it will not transfer the stitches it just keeps piling stitches on top of the other stitches on the needles needless to say I cannot get past the third swipe on the machine before I have a jam. Can someone please help me tell me where I might find help, classes, anything I live in Stow, Ohio would greatly appreciate the help.
I'm not familiar with Studio machines but when I got my Brother, I had the same problem. My stitches were even getting caught on the gatepags at the edge of the bed! After fighting with it awhile. A kind soul on Yahoo's 'Brother Knitting Machine' group suggested I change the spongebar. That did the trick. I made one from weather stripping and ribbon and the machine works beautifully now. I have to assume that spongebars are common to all metal bed machines, although I could be wrong....I'm still new to it myself! Try searching spongebar on the net for more details...if that doesn't work, PM me and I'll send you the info I have on making your own. It was written for Brother machines, but it may help!
Here's a link I found on a quick search:http://www.theknittingcloset.com/pd_sponge.cfm
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go to youtube and search for suzyranner (that is the way she spells it) and/or diana sullivan....both these women give really great instructions for machine knitters...they both have complete courses....from basic to advanced...you will love being able to view, try and replay when necessary as many times as you like....i had lessons and the two teachers in that class were great, but they had 30 people with 20 different machines to help....with youtube, i have a personal teacher who will repeat as often as i like....
there are other great teachers there, too....i just sent you to the two that had LOTS of videos covering a wide range of machine knitting skills....good luck
Did you ever figure out how to cast on? I have a Studio 700 and many other knitting machines, please let me know if I can help.
There are some video's on the net, that Diane Sullivan shows.
With the Studio machines, I find it is best to do an e-wrap for the cast on & then you need to pull out all the needles to D or E postition, just the needles put you finger against the stitches so you just get the needles pulled out not the stitches, I find it should be done for the first 3 rows, & then you should be fine, put some weights on then, you will have enough of knitting to do this now.
Hope you have success, I ahve been machine knitting for 40 years love it.
My favorite way to cast on is with the latch hook. I think its called the crochet cast on. But yes, pulling the needles out until you have some yarn to hang the weights on works good.
Yes I do the crochet cast on too, but it is good to learn the e-wrap too.
my favorite way to cast on is with waste yarn. years ago, i made several pcs of knit with maybe 20 rows, e-wrap on (every other needle), k20 rows, bind off. i made enough of these to go all the way across the machine but only 20 or 30 needles at a time. that way when i need to cast on 50, i don't have to deal with extra length hanging around. so take you little waste yarn pc and pull out the needles you need, now just slip a st over each needle, knit one ravel cord row and begin. Change to your fashion yarn and from this point, you e-wrap or leave live sts, just as you please, depending on how to want to finish the pc off. when done, slip the ravel cord and your cast on edge is done and safe. (only slip the ravel cord if you have e-wrapped, of course. if you have left live sts, then bind off, turn your item around and hang the pc back on the needles by the original row, ready to hem or icord, or bind off...or knit the other way, whatever your pattern or idea calls for.) the advantage of the little pcs is that you have something to weight and get it going.... much easier than trying to e-wrap with nothing else there. i have used mine for years, and have just recently replaced my originals after 20-25 yrs.... i make them on every other needle just so i have big loops, easier to just slip over the needles.
That is really a great idea I have some of theose too, but I used every needle, so I will have to make some with EON as that is true, easier to put on.
Thank you very much for answering me. I did get a response that said to check my sponge bar which was the problem it was completely flat.LOL. But do you mind if I keep you on my list as a favorite of mine because I am really new at this and would love have someone to talk things out with regarding this machine. You are the first person that has answered me that has a Studio 700 most people all have brothers or something else. Thanks again. Looking forward to talking with you. Sue
Sure, you can contact me anytime. I have a lot of different machines, and don't get to them too often, so always have to do a refresher to remember what to do. I learned on a Studio, so they are a lot easier for me to use, plus I have a motor on that machine! But like the garter carriage on the brother.
Your machine hopefully came with a cast on comb. Do you have the manual for your machine? It is very helpful.
Anyway, you need the cast on comb and 2 claw weights.
I can scan that part of the manual if you need it. I have a 700 also.
I'm having the same problem with my machine. I just got it yesterday and she said there is a new sponge bar in there. I did complete one item last night. And so today I want to make the sleeves. I can cast on the first row but when I come back it does not hook on. What am I doing wrong? I have watched all the videos and followed the directions to a T... so whats up then? I have been at this all day and getting very frustrated with it. Oh and I do not have a cast on comb.
do you have weights on the work...the little claw weights that are in the accessory box...