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Aug 10, 2017 16:19:15   #
jansey (new user)
 
Hi. I recently took up machine knitting after a break of several years. I have a silver reed sk280 with a ribber attachment. I'm very happy with both and have made several garments using simple designs.

I also bought a second hand srj70 hoping to do some double jacquard. Unfortunately, I'm finding the instructions very confusing. Can someone please advise me whether I also need a colour changer? I'm reluctant to get one straight away. I thought it would be possible to do two yarns automatically and would be happy with that.

Thanks for any help or tips you may have.
 
Aug 10, 2017 16:58:18   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
I don't know your machine, I have Brothers, but I was able to do what Brother calls multi colour rib (aka DBJ, double bed jacquard and etc) without the double bed colour changer it says I need for it. I just used strong clips to clip the unused yarn to the left of the machine bed, manually changing colours when carriage was at the left. It isn't difficult, just a bit tedious :)
After a couple of rows you might notice the two yarns are getting twisted, if you pay attention you'll see that if you cross them in a particular way when changing they will stay uncrossed.

I had a single bed changer so didn't want to invest in the double bed changer unless and until I thought I'd use it. I liked the results so I put a search on eBay and when one I was happy to pay for came up I did get it. Haven't used it yet though. Time!

eta: Oh, my machine has (optional) rails at the side for the lace carriage to sit on so I clipped the yarn to that. For the experiment you could use the table edge if you can scoot the machine over to give access or even put a chair next to the machine and clip to the chair back. Anything you can think of that will be near enough for you to reach as often as you'll need to will do the job. You are only keeping the yarn not being used safely out of the way.
Aug 10, 2017 17:30:33   #
jackdigger
 
Aprilla on both ends of the needle bed on your Brother machine there is a place to hook a second yarn built into the plastic part of the bed, not a very good explanation but I am sure you can find it. sorry if I am telling you something you already know and was not useful for what you were working on.
Aug 10, 2017 17:35:00   #
jackdigger
 
Whoops !!! Wrong click
Aug 10, 2017 17:47:15   #
Nanamel14 (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP
Aug 10, 2017 18:15:48   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
jackdigger wrote:
Aprilla on both ends of the needle bed on your Brother machine there is a place to hook a second yarn built into the plastic part of the bed, not a very good explanation but I am sure you can find it. sorry if I am telling you something you already know and was not useful for what you were working on.

Thanks jackdigger, I know of them. Never struck me to use it though
I can only just remember what I did.... would these work for DBJ without the colour changer do you know?
 
Aug 10, 2017 18:55:27   #
SeasideKnit (a regular here)
 
Welcome from the Sunshine State of Florida!
Aug 10, 2017 19:29:28   #
run4fittness (a regular here)
 
Hello and welcome.
Aug 10, 2017 20:12:19   #
Naneast (a regular here)
 
Welcome to KP forum.
Aug 10, 2017 22:43:50   #
Neeterbug (a regular here)
 
I'm not able to help you; but, welcome to KP from sunny, hot, and beautiful Arizona.
Aug 11, 2017 03:50:56   #
jansey (new user)
 
Thank you to everyone for your welcome messages. Makes me all 'fuzzy' inside. 😉

Special thanks to you Aprilla. That's very helpful. There's a video on YouTube showing something similar and, you're right, it does look tedious. Maybe I'll try it for a border but I'd probably make mistakes on a whole garment! Think I'll give it a go then, like you, look for a used one to take it further.

Thanks again. Hope I can add something to the group!
 
Aug 11, 2017 03:59:54   #
aprilla (a regular here)
 
jansey wrote:
Thank you to everyone for your welcome messages. Makes me all 'fuzzy' inside. 😉

Special thanks to you Aprilla. That's very helpful. There's a video on YouTube showing something similar and, you're right, it does look tedious. Maybe I'll try it for a border but I'd probably make mistakes on a whole garment! Think I'll give it a go then, like you, look for a used one to take it further.

Thanks again. Hope I can add something to the group!


And I should have said welcome aboard :)
Aug 11, 2017 05:48:16   #
junebjh (a regular here)
 
Hello from Northampton UK.
Aug 11, 2017 07:22:29   #
keetza (a regular here)
 
Welcome from Hopewell, New Jersey, USA!
Aug 11, 2017 07:35:58   #
ChristineM (a regular here)
 
Hello and welcome from Adelaide South Australia. I used to have a Singer knitting machine which I inherited from my mother. I still regret giving that away.Damn!!!!
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