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Jun 16, 2017 13:24:11   #
Zwecker
 
Just got a Brother 840 machine. All the pieces are there. Have a NEW sponge bar. Casting on goes fine, all parts seem to be lubricated and moving. It will knit 5 or 6 rows, and then suddenly on one pass the knitting, comb and weights just falls to the floor. Any ideas what I should check?
 
Jun 16, 2017 13:26:29   #
GrammaAnn
 
I am sure you have remembered this, but I have knit for years and then all of a sudden I forget to shut the yarn gate on the carriage. And it all falls off. :)
Jun 17, 2017 06:22:32   #
BoBeau
 
GrammaAnn wrote:
I am sure you have remembered this, but I have knit for years and then all of a sudden I forget to shut the yarn gate on the carriage. And it all falls off. :)


Same happens here!
Jun 17, 2017 07:07:42   #
dagmargrubaugh
 
GrammaAnn wrote:
I am sure you have remembered this, but I have knit for years and then all of a sudden I forget to shut the yarn gate on the carriage. And it all falls off. :)


That's what I was thinking, too. I also have bumped the side lever(s) without noticing it...but that happened on my LK-150.
Also, maybe the stitch size is wrong for the yarn you are using and the knitting just pops off sometimes, or not enough weight on the work.
Good luck and keep trying,
Jun 17, 2017 09:13:44   #
Zwecker
 
Thanks I will try again today
Jun 17, 2017 12:17:17   #
randiejg (a regular here)
 
Besides checking that the gate is closed, make sure that the yarn "clicks" into the feeder. It could be that it's not quite in all the way, and after knitting and moving around for a while, it moves out of the feeder and misses being caught in the needle hooks as you pass over them.

Also, take off the sinker plate from the front of the carriage, then put it back on and make sure it is seated properly before being tightened all the way, and also check to see how your yarn is feeding through the tension assembly, so that it's not feeding through too quickly and becoming loose. All of these things can have an effect on whether the yarn is positioned just right in the yarn feeder of the carriage, so that the hooks catch the yarn just right on each pass.
 
Jun 17, 2017 12:39:57   #
Zwecker
 
It worked! It was the yarn gate not being closed! I also think the tension was wrong. Thank each of you that help here! Now I am working on our charity knitting again!
Jun 17, 2017 22:57:05   #
dagmargrubaugh
 
Zwecker wrote:
It worked! It was the yarn gate not being closed! I also think the tension was wrong. Thank each of you that help here! Now I am working on our charity knitting again!




Jun 18, 2017 16:07:39   #
Barcoded
 
I have an 840! Simple classic machine.
Jun 18, 2017 16:09:18   #
Zwecker
 
And now mine is working so great!!such a simple thing to go wrong. Our charity group uses it and a 260 we just really need a midgauge now.
 
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