For all you punchcard machine knitters, I have a Brother 260 but haven't used the patterning much. When I have, it has worked fine both just on main bed and with the ribber engaged. Today I was sampling a 'seed stitch' using only a few needles on each end of the ribber to make a selvedge for sewing. (The end needle selectors on the carriage do not work, thus the make-do with ribber). The needle selection on the main bed didn't follow the card--the tuck rows didn't alternate the way they should have. When I tried it without the ribber it worked just fine. Is the problem that the ribber needles weren't in use all the way across the bed? Or is it a problem with the carriage? The pattern needles were centered correctly.
The other thing that happens is sometimes (and only sometimes) when the needles go to D position they don't go far enough and I have to nudge 1 or 2 or more into position to get the carriage to pass. Is this a carriage problem? I recently tore the carriage apart and cleaned and oiled it hoping that would fix that problem but it didn't. If anyone has had experience with these issues I'd love to hear about it and what fixed it. I am thinking I need a new carriage.
Does the mispatterning happen with other cards and buttons, too?
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You need to have the ribber comb and weights on the work to knit with the ribber, even if only patterning on the main bed.
To start just knit a zig zag row and insert comb and hang weights. Then arrange needles for your fabric.
Use no 7 weight hangers as you progress to stop the sides hooking up. HTH.
You may need to clean under the needlebed. If too much fluff builds up underneath, the needles will not select properly.