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Jan 10, 2012 20:55:18   #
KarlaHW
 
I set up my Brother 940. Could not even cast on, it just would not work. So I took the sponge bar out, it was flat, the needles were touching the metal of the bar. I went by http://knittsings.com/how-to-make-a-knitting-machine-needle-retainer-sponge-bar-part-2-cut-and-glue-foam/ to rebuild the sponge bar, used 5/16 thick rubber weather seal, then as tape laundry marking tape, taped the ends and inserted back in the machine. I had to replace one needle which was defect.
Cast on, all worked well.
Here are my first samples.




 
Jan 10, 2012 22:45:14   #
jkruse1971
 
Woo hooo!!! Good for you! It's exciting, isn't it? So happy you're up and running...can't wait to see more!
= )
Julie
Jan 10, 2012 22:52:38   #
moellercl
 
Wow, good job! How rewarding!
Jan 11, 2012 06:44:38   #
xarriage1952
 
A knitter friend of mine told me to take the sponge bar out of the machine after knitting as it would last much longer, and it is true. I have used my sponge bar for over a year and it shows no sign of needles markings. Also to brush the needles to remove any yarn etc. after every use.
Jan 11, 2012 07:22:41   #
dawn b
 
I replaced both sponge bars in my artisan a while back. I put the old ones in the garage, neglecting to get rid of them. Low and behold the sponge recovered and looks like new again.
Jan 11, 2012 09:23:19   #
Jeannie D
 
Good for you, the knitting is turning out nicely. I tried making my own but decided I would just buy a replacement.
 
Jan 11, 2012 09:54:01   #
iiwoody
 
I used black sponge rubber instead of the weak foam, bought some ribbon for $1 and I was back in business. I'll never buy another as the ones you make will last so much longer. When you think about it, the knitting machine companies aren't really going to make one last, that's why they use such a cheap foam to make them. The nylon they use frays, the ribbon I selected won't. Making your own is just a better sponge bar.
Jan 11, 2012 10:01:23   #
Jeannie D
 
The problem over time with the make it yourself super strong one are the stress on the needles and the bed of the machine not to mention the carriage. The needles have to flow smoothly over the sponge bar. If the sponge bar holds the needles up too tightly this causes stress on the carriage as it moves across and pulls the needles into position for knitting.
Jan 11, 2012 13:37:01   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
dawn b wrote:
I replaced both sponge bars in my artisan a while back. I put the old ones in the garage, neglecting to get rid of them. Low and behold the sponge recovered and looks like new again.


Maybe the cold winter in MI did something to them:)
Good for you...
Jan 11, 2012 13:38:48   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Your first success is SUCCESS:) Congratulations this is beautiful work with a very nice pattern...
Jan 11, 2012 14:51:25   #
Kathleen's daughter (a regular here)
 
such a great feeling, isn't it - good for you : )
 
Jan 11, 2012 21:42:45   #
dlinn
 
So great to have that site to go to, it is FULL of information, information that knitters that have no one to turn to can certainly use. Thank you
 
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