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Apr 11, 2012 13:48:48   #
ptober
 
Some of you responded to my comments about buying 2 knitting machines a while back. So I am updating

I did buy both of the machines- one is a Brother KH890 punch card small gauge with all the bells and whistles

the other is a studio electronic. mid gauge

I received boxes upon boxes of "stuff" along with two extra needle beds, 2 intarsia machines, lace carriage, etc. Mylar sheets, instruction booklets, punch cards, punch card maker, and many many small items. It also included the intarsia tension bar, and knitting machine light. None of the pieces were attached to the machine they went with!!

That is the good news!

The bad news is the person was a smoker- and had left these wonderful machines unattended for years- they are both dirty and smelly.

I have been very slowly and carefully cleaning and trying to put all the pieces back with each machine. I am not a machine knitter but I have taken this on as a personal challenge to reclaim these machines!!

I am getting the smell out of the machines as they are cleaned. The instruction booklets are another story.

If anyone has an idea of how to get smoke smell out of paper I would appreciate the sharing.

I am going to try out the Brother today or tomorrow.
 
Apr 11, 2012 15:47:48   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Great for you:) Dianaknits.com has a video in her archives for cleaning and whitening the plastic on the KMs.
Here you go, look what I found for you
:)))
http://tommachineknittingguy.blogspot.com/
Apr 11, 2012 16:17:08   #
ptober
 
What a difference!! It is amazing and it does not effect the red colored parts! I will try this.

Thanks Love this forum.
Apr 11, 2012 16:27:36   #
rabbitmama
 
Seal instruction book up with kitty litter for a couple weeks. Should absorb the smell.
Apr 11, 2012 16:47:12   #
diamondbelle
 
If you don't have kitty litter, you can use baking soda to absorb the odor.
Apr 11, 2012 16:54:42   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
I didn't see the recipe on that site, he's the one who did it it's all here;

http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2011/07/toms-extreme-machine-makeover.html
 
Apr 11, 2012 18:31:36   #
Entity
 
Just helping you out Kate...

Here's the formula to the cleaning solution for whitening the plastic on your KM: http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2011/07/toms-amazing-knitting-machine.html
Apr 11, 2012 18:43:17   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
A little distracted today:)))
Apr 11, 2012 23:43:17   #
ptober
 
Thanks to all. Now for my second problem

I have a feeling I will have to find a knitting machine teacher- I spend most of the day trying to get the brother to cast on. Have watched more uou tube videos than I can count on the subject but no go sooo

If the yarn is the wrong size for the machine- will it prevent casting on?
Apr 12, 2012 05:32:37   #
smcdonald
 
yes if the yarn is too thick then the cast on will be difficult. I don't know what guage your machines are so can't comment.
Apr 12, 2012 06:45:03   #
janda
 
The 891 Brother is a standard gauge and takes finer yarns - NZ terms would be 6ply and finer. Mainly what you would handknit on 3.75mm and finer - the mid gauge Singer will also use the 6ply but can take up to what I think you call a sports yarn. Just experiment but do not stress your machine by using yarns that are to think - best way to break or bend needles, latches and hooks. In your instruction manuals it should give you a range of what you can comfortable use and suggested tensions. Hope this helps !
 
Apr 12, 2012 07:17:27   #
alenemcintire
 
I think that if I were you I would find the manual on line and print it off and keep it in a 3 ring binder. Then just get rid of the smoky one. You can also take the manual you have and copy it. Getting rid of the smoky smell would be very important to me.
Apr 12, 2012 07:18:48   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Unfortunately and to add frustration, the manuals don't give yarn gauges just pictures of strands and call them fine-thick. What is commonly medium at your LCS won't knit on your std guage KM, sport weight gives a pretty tight knit swatch...Your 4.5 mm will knit a baby weight yarn #3, lighter than sport weight, & #2 very nicely from the LCS, the mid guage will knit sport weight and can use up to a #4 but really likes sport & aran weights well. Here's a chart that I found very helpful;
http://www.yarns-and.com/yarnto.htm
Apr 12, 2012 07:25:03   #
Osunny
 
rabbitmama wrote:
Seal instruction book up with kitty litter for a couple weeks. Should absorb the smell.


Charcoal Briquets will work great! We had a fuel oil spill in our basement and the Briquets removed the odor totally! If they will work on that nasty stuff I can't see why it wouldn't work for cigarette smoke...
Apr 12, 2012 07:48:23   #
roamin in the gloamin
 
manuals can be downloaded free from the link below

http://www.aboutknittingmachines.com/BrotherFreeManuals.php

good luck with the project
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