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Aug 2, 2012 11:52:35   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
I can't find the information one of our knitters shared awhile ago about altering a p-carriage for use on the brother machines. Does anyone know what alterations were made to the p-carriage?
 
Aug 3, 2012 06:05:09   #
sweetpeamo
 
What is a P-Carriage?
Aug 3, 2012 06:42:33   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
KateWood wrote:
I can't find the information one of our knitters shared awhile ago about altering a p-carriage for use on the brother machines. Does anyone know what alterations were made to the p-carriage?


Kate, I have found a way to make the P carriage work on my Brother machine but no way will it work on the ribber. In my opinion it's a no no. I think that the best way to achieve pile knitting on a Brother is to use a ruler to do the same job as the P carriage.
Aug 3, 2012 06:44:54   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Its a small basic plastic pile carriage used with the studio/singer knitting machines & ribbers that enable pile knitting (aka volume knitting by brother) with stitch patterns also it's used to knit drive lace or full needle rib lace patterns.
Basically the p carriage moves a patterns selected Ns to upper working position placing the stitches behind the needles latch with one carriage pass or dropping the sts with 2 passes. Its used on both the ribber and the knitting beds simultaenously.
These carriages can be altered easily for use on the Brother machines. Here's a pdf with pile and drive lace patterns, enjoy:)

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Aug 3, 2012 07:16:11   #
sweetpeamo
 
Thank you I have been used to Brother machines and have never heard of this carriage I shall download the file and have a look.
Aug 3, 2012 08:31:44   #
euvid
 
Kate why not bring that question to Stitches Midwest next week. There will be some very experienced KM teachers and store owners there.
 
Aug 3, 2012 13:27:36   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Thank-you Sue for checking:)))
I will ask at stitches Euvid, if I'm not able to make it will you?
Someone sent me an email with the altered carriages picture last fall and wrote someone in Australia was altering the carriages to work on the brothers. I think the photo showed a real rail had been added to it. I know it was filed down in a couple of places to ride over the Ns right.
Sue, do you think adding a rear rail would make it work on the ribber?
Working on one bed is half the challenge, those FNR lace patterns are pretty and the metal piece that is added on the carriage for the pile knitting is needed on the main bed so that's a plus. It might still be worth it.
Aug 3, 2012 15:21:09   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
It will work on the 970 other than in the center where there is a flat piece of metal which it will not ride over. The center section you could do by hand. I haven't looked at my other Brother machines [they are packed away] but I don't think that they have the center piece. The ribber is another matter, I cant see it working on that.
All it does on the Knitmaster/Silver Reed/Singer ribbers is that it puts the needles into the position where the stitch is out of the needle hook, behind the latch. I think that it does this to make the stitches knit easier because they have a lot of yarn on them. These needles could be pushed into that position with a ruler quite easily, although you would need to do this on every row. When I have the time I will have a play and see what I can come up with.
Aug 3, 2012 18:34:53   #
janda
 
I have both and did send the information - can send a picture of the alaterations if you like!
Aug 3, 2012 19:22:08   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
janda wrote:
I have both and did send the information - can send a picture of the alaterations if you like!


If you could put the picture and information on here I would be very grateful.
Aug 3, 2012 19:34:35   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
janda wrote:
I have both and did send the information - can send a picture of the alaterations if you like!


Hi Janda, thank-you so much for your quick reply. I don't know what happened to the email you sent. I really appreciate your sending it again also,

Kate
 
Aug 3, 2012 20:26:13   #
janda
 
Photos of Brother carriage - bar added to the top and side view showing what was cut out
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Aug 3, 2012 20:38:20   #
KateWood (a regular here)
 
Thank-you very much Janda, I remembered the rear rail right:)
Aug 3, 2012 21:07:04   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
Thanks Janda, just need a spare P carriage now.
Jun 23, 2015 17:31:36   #
Janewd
 
Been searching for something like this for ages! What did you use for the additional rear rail please???
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