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Apr 9, 2013 10:03:14   #
Verdstela
 
Hello everyone. I'm a voracious hand knitter who has just got her hands on a Knitmaster 323. I've had basic training and can now manage a square of Fair Isle which I am most proud of.

I've now got to the point where I am wondering why the stitches don't always want to stay on the little hooks, and what all the knobs are for, and how you increase and decrease, and if there is a less fiddly way of doing certain things, and what yarn I can get away with using, and if I need to fix anything, and... and... and... Sometimes when things don't work right, I play with the buttons, and it starts working properly. The manual is in the post. :) I have a book of patterns that just slightly younger than I am (1970's). Some of the patterns are what I would call "classic", and some photos are of children trying to look happy in balaclavas that would make Stitchy McYarnpants proud.

I'm also keen to start punching myself. That sounds wrong... punching my own punch cards. :)
 
Apr 9, 2013 11:31:15   #
brucew
 
The firts thing to check is the needle retainer bar also known as a sponge bar. If it is mushy it needs to be replaced. Sometimes that is all it takes.
Apr 9, 2013 11:44:33   #
Verdstela
 
Erm... where is it, and how do I get it out?

I hope that manual arrives soon...
Apr 9, 2013 12:29:37   #
brucew
 
The sponge bar is at the front of the machine and it goes over the needles. Look at the end of the machine and you should see the end of the sponge bar sticking out a bit.
Make sure all the needles are back in non work position and take one of the tools and see if you can gently push the bar out the other side. I am going by brother machines maybe some one who has a machine like yours would have better info.
Apr 9, 2013 12:55:50   #
Verdstela
 
OK, I'll have a look when I get home. How "mushy" is "mushy"?
Apr 9, 2013 23:08:44   #
GrammaAnn
 
Verdstela wrote:
Hello everyone. I'm a voracious hand knitter who has just got her hands on a Knitmaster 323. I've had basic training and can now manage a square of Fair Isle which I am most proud of.

I've now got to the point where I am wondering why the stitches don't always want to stay on the little hooks, and what all the knobs are for, and how you increase and decrease, and if there is a less fiddly way of doing certain things, and what yarn I can get away with using, and if I need to fix anything, and... and... and... Sometimes when things don't work right, I play with the buttons, and it starts working properly. The manual is in the post. :) I have a book of patterns that just slightly younger than I am (1970's). Some of the patterns are what I would call "classic", and some photos are of children trying to look happy in balaclavas that would make Stitchy McYarnpants proud.

I'm also keen to start punching myself. That sounds wrong... punching my own punch cards. :)
Hello everyone. I'm a voracious hand knitter who ... (show quote)

http://knittsings.com/knitting-machine-sponge-bar/ This has info on your sponge bar. http://www.aboutknittingmachines.com/ This site has manuals and every kind of info you could need on knitting machines. http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2010/01/links-to-beginner-lessons.html This site has every kind of beginner lesson you will need! Machine knitting is so much fun and is very satisfying -addictive! :thumbup: Ann :)
 
Apr 10, 2013 03:47:51   #
Maryknits513
 
Verdstela wrote:
Hello everyone. I'm a voracious hand knitter who has just got her hands on a Knitmaster 323. I've had basic training and can now manage a square of Fair Isle which I am most proud of.

I've now got to the point where I am wondering why the stitches don't always want to stay on the little hooks, and what all the knobs are for, and how you increase and decrease, and if there is a less fiddly way of doing certain things, and what yarn I can get away with using, and if I need to fix anything, and... and... and... Sometimes when things don't work right, I play with the buttons, and it starts working properly. The manual is in the post. :) I have a book of patterns that just slightly younger than I am (1970's). Some of the patterns are what I would call "classic", and some photos are of children trying to look happy in balaclavas that would make Stitchy McYarnpants proud.

I'm also keen to start punching myself. That sounds wrong... punching my own punch cards. :)
Hello everyone. I'm a voracious hand knitter who ... (show quote)


Call Carol at Metropolitan Machine Knitting. She is in Nantwich, approximately 30 miles from Essex. The website is www.metropolitanmachineknitting.co.uk.

I'm planning to attend the Knitters Dream week at Metropolitan in September, along with 2 other friends from our club. You should try to attend. I've been to 2 previous Dream Weeks, and its been wonderful! My favorite instructor, Iris Bishop, will be there again this year. REALLY like her knitting. Iris is a very talented and creative designer.
Apr 10, 2013 05:45:59   #
30Knitter
 
Pull approximately 30 needles on either side of 0 to the front of the machine (d position). Put your hand under the needles - if they feel loose then your sponge bar needs replacing. Make sure you clean the bed of your machine and brush under the carriage. Check with your manual regarding the parts to oil, you can also check utube regarding maintenance.
Apr 10, 2013 06:11:54   #
patriciaw
 
Hi sorry can't help with your problems hopefully your manual will shed some light. I was given a knitting machine along with numerous patterns many of which are from the 1960'sand probably before. They really are fun to look at.
Apr 10, 2013 06:14:21   #
Rene22
 
Dear Maryknits 513, I think you will find Nantwich is further than 30 miles from Essex I live in Northwich cheshire and it is about A good half hours drive away from me. They are very good at Metropolitan so Email them I am sure they will help you
Apr 10, 2013 06:48:49   #
Dixon
 
There is a machine knitting club in Laindon which I think is near you. Look at Guild of machine Knitters site. The knitmaster 323 is a good machine - one of my favourites after 45 years of machine knitting.
 
Apr 10, 2013 07:32:28   #
Verdstela
 
Yep, Nantwich would be about 3 hours' drive... More like 200 miles than 30.

Laindon is very near - I had a look at the Guild site but it doesn't actually say where the clubs are exactly.

I took the sponge bar out. A bit dirty but still spongy. I had to look at my shiny new PDF manual to work out how to get it back in also.

I now have the manual, which helps a lot. I seem to be missing various bits, including the single motif cam and bits, which is a shame.

Had a go at decreasing last night. I think it certainly does help being a hand knitter as you know how things should look. I do like just being able to move 3 stitches in a bit with my handy "3 stitches widget". :D

I gave up when I got to "put the needles in the holding position and ensure your carriage is properly set" and read the manual again. I think I've sussed it now...

/edit The Laindon club is weekday afternoons, which is no good for me at present but maybe in the future. There's apparently one in Rayleigh on some Thursday nights but again, it doesn't say where exactly. There's definitely a monthly one in Grays which is do-able so I shall get my hand held and perhaps find someone who can help me get hold of my missing single motif bits and bobs... and a punch. :D
Apr 10, 2013 08:08:31   #
susieknitter
 
Go back on The Guild Of Machine Knitters site and then to my area. Here you will see .....at the top of the page....clubs co-ordinator (in blue writing) click on that so that you can send an email to get the information you want.
Apr 10, 2013 08:30:09   #
Verdstela
 
I already did that about a week ago. No reply. She must be on holiday or something.

I had a question for you good people. Seeing as my single motif bits and bobs are missing, presumably you can sort of manually do Fair Isle by pushing the needles into the correct positions by hand. Following the chart won't be a problem - I'm a hand knitter... I just need to work out how to tell the machine the "binary" of each row.

know that A (right to the back) means that it won't knit at all, and B seems to be knitting the main colour. If I push the needles I want to be the contrast colour to C, will that work, or do I need to push them right out, or do something to the carriage too?

/edit I've done a bit of research and thinking. Do you have to knit the MC with the CC needles on hold, then return the carriage without knitting any, then make the CC needles knittable and the MC on hold, and do the row again with the CC?
Apr 10, 2013 10:55:53   #
shirleyrothery
 
Verdstela wrote:
I already did that about a week ago. No reply. She must be on holiday or something.

I had a question for you good people. Seeing as my single motif bits and bobs are missing, presumably you can sort of manually do Fair Isle by pushing the needles into the correct positions by hand. Following the chart won't be a problem - I'm a hand knitter... I just need to work out how to tell the machine the "binary" of each row.

know that A (right to the back) means that it won't knit at all, and B seems to be knitting the main colour. If I push the needles I want to be the contrast colour to C, will that work, or do I need to push them right out, or do something to the carriage too?

/edit I've done a bit of research and thinking. Do you have to knit the MC with the CC needles on hold, then return the carriage without knitting any, then make the CC needles knittable and the MC on hold, and do the row again with the CC?
I already did that about a week ago. No reply. S... (show quote)


Try Heathercraft in East Sussex for spare parts (probably second hand) also silverviscount.co.uk. Heathercraft has a web-site, but you cannot email them or order on line, but you can have a look at the site. If you know which parts you need Heathercraft will post them to you.
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