Was having trouble with a machine I bought on eBay. I thought it had a new sponge bar, but it didn't . Changed it.
Still had some problems. I then noticed (mind you I had checked and rechecked) that the butt of one needle did not stand out from the bed as much as the others. Went to change the needle and found it was not the right needle for my machine. THe metal extension that goes out beyond the butt was shorter than the other ones. I had a few spares and saw that all of those were too short also. Luckily I had just gotten some more new ones from Sonny and the package was marked with the machines it fit. SUre enough the ones that came with the machine when I bought it were not ones that belonged to this machine.
I replaced the wrong needle with a correct one and everything is fine. I just ordered a few more sets of needles for my machines to make sure I have the right ones in case one breaks. I guess someone who didn't know better put in a needle that belonged on another machine and wanted to put in extras to sell the machine and so added some others. Good thing I had the new ones.
No Kidding, I don't know if they didn't know better or just wanted it to appear complete in the advertising...Anyone can see the needle buts don't line up correctly. Thank goodness it was only the one...
Glad you found the problem and no damage was done to your machine. Take care...Liz
They were lining up at the beginning as I am sure I would have noticed it. It wasn't till after I played a little with the machine. a few rows coming out fine, then a rpoblem, then fine. I reaized when I went to switch it out with an end needle, that they were different sizes. It was good that I tried that switch instead of taking one from the extras that came with the machine that was the same as the the one I was removing. Had I not taken out the end needle I would not have seen that the sizes were different and would have thought there was someting wrong with the bed.
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You have just answered my question. I bought my machine from a Brother technician, who has worked as a Brother technician for 45 years and, according to her, knows all there is about Brother knitting machines.
I was having trouble with one particular needle. Then the latch jammed. I replaced it with a spare she gave me, but still had trouble. Took it out, along with its neighbour, then noticed the butt was not as high on this needle (the original I replaced and the three spares she gave me). I was wondering if it made a difference, having a lower butt. Now I see that it does. So much for an expert. This is along with not giving me the manual she promised, the wrong knitleader sheet guides, no oil and only a few punch cards. And she charged me $700 for the machine.
When I wrote about it I felt foolish that I should have noticed it earlier, but then thought if I could make such a mistake others could also. I think tomorrow I had better check the rest of the needles on that machine to make sure they are all the right size. GLad to be of help.
Sometimes better to buy a machine someone actually used. You never know when these people buy at garage sales then try selling something they don't have a clue about. I'm so glad you noticed. You may have ruined the bed completely. I doubt if it would have hurt the carriage but it could have caused real havoc on the steel bed. I hope you've noted that in the feedback you left for this person.
I thought everything was o.k. when I first got it. THe carriage moves msoohly. Didn't happen till I started knitting on it. I was told that an Aunt had given it to her kids, but they were not interested in the machine and that is why they were selling it. I thought that the Aunt would have not given a machine that was in disrepair. Live and learn.
I have a Brother 930E with a ribber and the needles for each bed are different. the ribber has a longer butt than the main bed. I ordered some spare needles and discovered the difference when I replaced the needles.
I have a Brother 551 Profile with ribber and the needles are different on both, I have an extra 551 for needles and parts but have not been able to find needles for my ribber. It is mines one needle. the needles are strait with the peace that sticks up where the 551 needle have a curved spot in them. do you know where I can find needles for the ribber.
THis is SOnny's site and needle page where he shows the needles and gives measurements. My 891 uses the same needles as the 930E and the main bed needles are longer than the ribber needles. Your machine should be the same as mine Ian so I hope you are right for your machine. Perhaps the shorter ones I have are the ribber needles for that machine and one of those was placed in the main bed. THe one I removed.
I ordered some more new needles and they will be marked as to what amchine they belong on. I will have to buy some ribber needles for my machines so I don't get mixed up.
Just measured the needles in my 260 and the main bed needles are deffinetly longer than the ribber needles. WIll check my other machines but am sure they are the same.
The needles for my KR 830 ribber are shorter than the needles for my Knitking 881 km. I found out when I tried to replace a needle on the knitting machine and it didn't line up with the other needles.