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May 11, 2019 19:57:32   #
abbyabbyabby
 
Hi ladies I have a problem!
I am new to the world of knitting machines and I’m already frustrated! I bought a sliver Reed sk280 brand new on amazon and it doesn’t seem to be working right. I start to cast on my first row and the carage gets stuck half way thru every time!!! Everything is set up correctly and all the levers are in the correct position to cast on! I have read over the manual 7 times and I believe I have watched every video on YouTube and nothing has helped! I even took out and checked the sponge rod even though it’s a brand new machine. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!
 
May 11, 2019 22:41:02   #
Prism99
 
Not an expert, but I wonder if you have the tension mast set on the correct number for your yarn. Smallest number is the tightest tension. If the tension is too tight, you can have this problem. Are you doing an e-wrap cast on?

I don't have an sk280, but I think the mast tension works the same as on my lk150.
May 11, 2019 23:03:07   #
Macon
 
Try this cast on.


May 11, 2019 23:35:22   #
abbyabbyabby
 
I think I have the tension set right because I’m using a medium weight so I have it set at 6? And I have tried an e wrap and just laying the yarn over the needles and it does the same thing!! :(
May 11, 2019 23:35:49   #
abbyabbyabby
 
I will try that cast on! Thank you for the suggestion!!
May 12, 2019 00:04:57   #
Prism99
 
What do you mean by a medium weight yarn? Is it DK (#3 weight)? If so, I think you would need a looser tension for a standard machine.

Have you tried a quick cast on where you put every other needle into working position for the first pass, then move the in-between needles into working position for the second pass? It's a quick-and-dirty cast on that doesn't look very nice but secures the edge and does the job for knitting swatches quickly. Or an open cast on (just thread the machine and make a pass -- edge will ravel, but fast and easy).

Are you familiar with Diana Sullivan's lessons on Youtube? They can be helpful. Here is a link to her beginner series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKrfqU8CMFg&list=PLoUZP3NyltP8wWNF69XK-cgpMUzUr1Bii
 
May 12, 2019 06:29:15   #
JillKay
 
Your cast on stitches may be a bit tight. It would help if you either pull all the needles right out or add some weight for the first few rows - hope that helps ☺


abbyabbyabby wrote:
Hi ladies I have a problem!
I am new to the world of knitting machines and I’m already frustrated! I bought a sliver Reed sk280 brand new on amazon and it doesn’t seem to be working right. I start to cast on my first row and the carage gets stuck half way thru every time!!! Everything is set up correctly and all the levers are in the correct position to cast on! I have read over the manual 7 times and I believe I have watched every video on YouTube and nothing has helped! I even took out and checked the sponge rod even though it’s a brand new machine. If you have any suggestions I’d love to hear them!
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May 12, 2019 07:00:57   #
longbeachdesigns
 
I have the same machine - it wasn't working correctly until I got a sturdier table for it.
May 12, 2019 07:41:16   #
Granny KK
 
I am new to the world of machine knitting as I have recently acquired a used Brother machine. Yesterday I received the beginning machine knitting video that Diana Sullivan sells and started watching it. (She has a whole library of videos which she sells.) The video was very well done and very helpful. Can't wait to actually sit in front of the machine and try it out. So far I am please with this video and well worth the $25 it costs. Good luck. Karen in North Central Texas
May 12, 2019 08:46:07   #
Darell
 
Good morning....What everyone is saying is correct but also in my past experience if you have a bent needle that will jam the carriage as well. I'm not great at E wrapping so I do the automatic E wrap. Works great for me..
May 12, 2019 09:11:44   #
joan Hagan
 
The silver reed is a little different then brother machine. I always had brother machines until I got a silver reed 280. I bought it just for making lace it does a wonderful job knitting lace. That’s all I do on that machine. My cast on is every other needle knit one row with waste yarn, hang comb this might be a little hard to push also. Then bring out rest of needles out continue with waste yarn at your Mt , change to main yarn and do your tension swatch. Once you get going it will be easy. I also fine using the spray lubricant from Walmart $1.98 a can on a cloth to wipe the rails makes the carriage move across the bed very easy using this 2 o3 times while making 300 row item.
 
May 12, 2019 13:47:43   #
strikkan
 
As mentions before, a bent needle or a bent gate peg, could be that is the problem
May 12, 2019 15:07:52   #
abbyabbyabby
 
Here’s just a quick example of what happens, I’ve tried all different kinds of cast on and none of them seem to work :( when it gets stuck like that I have to lift up the release lever because using all my force I still can’t push it across.. I even oiled the bar the cartridge runs on!!

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May 12, 2019 16:38:04   #
Prism99
 
Is that worsted weight yarn in the video?
May 12, 2019 17:03:10   #
Josietoo
 
It looks like the yarn you are using is too heavy for that machine. try a yarn marked 1 or 2 on the label. I think you will find it works a lot better.
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