I crochet the open stitches off with a single crochet once it's off the machine. I live for waste yarn! Much easier on the back, eyes and shoulders.
The usual culprits with the lace carriage, just in case you haven't checked, are:
A really good new sponge bar
A lace carriage that runs well, meaning when you flick the drums at the back of the carriage with your fingers, they should spin like a dream. If they don't, spray them with denatured alcohol until they do.
And of course, enough weight.
( I start with waste yarn, do the first row, all settings on the dot, hang the ravel cord over the stitches, do 6 rows, pull the Rachel cord out, knit another 6 rows, hang my weights, do another 6 rows, break the waste yarn, knit a row with ravel cord, switch to my knitting yarn, knit 2 rows, switch all the settings to the triangle, and off I go. This works for my carriage and my machine. )
These lace carriages do beautiful work, and each one runs a little differently, and you will need to spend the time getting to know it. And you can get away with just the lace carriage for lovely projects!
You need to cast on exactly as the manual says. No ewrap. It works perfectly. And do at least 12 rows of waste yarn, then a row of ravel cord, then start knitting with the punch card. I like to crochet cast off as it's easier and neater.
Is there any way to get this pattern? Does Diana Berns have patterns that one could buy, even if you weren't able to take her class??
I'll check tomorrow and send you a PM. Today I'm looking after my son who had a wisdom tooth out!!!
Whoops. I can get some pictures to you! Silly auto correct!
And I have an LK 150 for sale too! I'm in Portland, Oregon! Mine is a rare Red one!! Works beautifully, and I want $180.00 for it. If you're interested I daniel get some pictures to you!!!
Thanks for all the suggestions. The strong tea worked really well for light rust, but I had a few with a bit more rust, so I used jewelry metal files and fine sand paper. The SOS didnt seem to do the job and I was making a huge mess with it! I've decided to abandon the handles and just leave them as they are, as this is an older Red Singer LK 150, and so I think I need to be gentle!
I had a brilliant idea to soak some LK 150 needles in bleach to try and whiten up the plastic handles as they weren't looking so white.
What I landed up with was rusty
water and the handles were the same color. I guess I didn't see the rust to start off with!
So, now I need to find the best way to remove the rust. I've seen suggestions of a metal file, fine sandpaper, a brass brush.
Which would be the best idea??
You could also try Jerry at Needle Tek in Washington.........
Does anyone know where you could get spare pattern paper/mylar sheets so you can make your own designs with the pencil provided with the EC1? I didn't get any blank ones with my machine.C
This is interesting. I landed up with about 30 of these cards recently when I purchased a brother machine off eBay. I d never heard of them but I'm going to include them with my SK360 which I'm about to sell as I don't have the original punch cards. I'm hoping it will be a bit of a compensation for missing the originals.
It you look on the Knit It Now website there are a couple of patterns there. You need to subscribe to get the patterns, I think, but it is well worth it. I've just knitted a vest from there quite similar to your picture.
I've seen this cable on eBay too. Really looks like a fun thing, but way above my computer skills. I've no idea how the other programs compare in price. This isn't an expensive cable, but personally I'd need to spend large sums of money on computer lessons!!