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Jul 14, 2017 14:58:18   #
lindawmn
 
I have an sk840 and an k860. The post of the yarn mast is the same for both. My question is, are they then interchangeable? I'm wondering if the tension dial differs between the standard machines and the bulky machines.

In addition, can I use the color changer mast as my standard mast if I want to?
 
Jul 14, 2017 15:04:05   #
susanjoy (a regular here)
 
The best way is to try them on the different machines and find out for yourself. You might find that the chunky tension disks are set at a looser tension to accommodate thicker yarns. The colour changer mast would probably be OK to use on the standard machine all the time.
Jul 14, 2017 15:06:20   #
lindawmn
 
Sounds like I'd be better off waiting for the proper used mast. Not in a huge hurry - I have a spare 160 bed and thought I'd get the bits to put it together right in case I decide to sell it.
Jul 14, 2017 16:49:02   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
I've used my CC mast in place of the regular one for quite awhile, it works fine.
Jul 14, 2017 17:48:55   #
deemail (a regular here)
 
I have drilled holes into my plywood table cover that my machines are clamped to...I have two machines on the table, both facing out with their backs facing each other....there is a few inches in between for yarn to sit on and in that space I drilled a few 3/8" holes... I put as many masts up as I want for either machine, just turning them when I switch machines...it means I can have as many as 8 colors in the masts without having to change yarn.... great for my superstripe kids' donor hats, but mostly I use the center two...just saves time and the machines (including a bond, that came with no mast at all don't know the difference. Yes, the tension has to be adjusted, but that is always true when you change colors. Don't worry about the number, just begin loosely and then tighten till they are shaped like mcdonald's arches....the numbers will be different because of the yarn size and texture, but the tension will be the same when you get the shape right.
Jul 14, 2017 18:37:11   #
okruger
 
deemail wrote:
I have drilled holes into my plywood table cover that my machines are clamped to...I have two machines on the table, both facing out with their backs facing each other....there is a few inches in between for yarn to sit on and in that space I drilled a few 3/8" holes... I put as many masts up as I want for either machine, just turning them when I switch machines...it means I can have as many as 8 colors in the masts without having to change yarn.... great for my superstripe kids' donor hats, but mostly I use the center two...just saves time and the machines (including a bond, that came with no mast at all don't know the difference. Yes, the tension has to be adjusted, but that is always true when you change colors. Don't worry about the number, just begin loosely and then tighten till they are shaped like mcdonald's arches....the numbers will be different because of the yarn size and texture, but the tension will be the same when you get the shape right.
I have drilled holes into my plywood table cover t... (show quote)


Hi deemail ,what a good idea with your machine arrangement and all the drilled holes etc. Made me smile and got me
"thinking" ---- Ose
 
Jul 17, 2017 16:04:54   #
texas44
 
I also use a table with two machines back to back. I have no holes for yarn to thread thru table so have them come from floor on the sides. Any ideas of how to fashion a diy yarn guide for multiple masts and yarns?Thinking of using Susan Guagliumi idea for multiple masts, colors seen on her blog. Has anyone made it? Linda D
Jul 17, 2017 16:05:12   #
texas44
 
I also use a table with two machines back to back. I have no holes for yarn to thread thru table so have them come from floor on the sides. Any ideas of how to fashion a diy yarn guide for multiple masts and yarns?Thinking of using Susan Guagliumi idea for multiple masts, colors seen on her blog. Has anyone made it? Linda D
 
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