I just purchased a Studio 360K dating from the mid-80s and am afraid I bit off more than I can chew.
I have all the manuals, a stand and an SRP-50 ribber.
However, I'm still having a hard time setting it up. Are the needles supposed to point up at an angle on the stand?
Does the arm from the top of the case get attached to the carriage?
How do I clean it? The manual says to brush with the provided brush and to put oil along the 2 rails on the bed and wipe off.
The manuals don't mention a sponge bar. Do I need to replace it? I don't even know where it is.
Thanks for any help in advance.
There are many tutorials online, beginner to expert. Diana Sullivan, Roberta Rose Kelley are just two of many. For cleaning and maintenance, which you will probably need to do unless you bought it from a reliable knitting machine source, you will get tons of info from Jack and the Answer Lady. The arm (do you mean the carrying handle?) on the carrying case does not come off.
Good luck. If you have a km club handy, I’d advise that you drop in and watch and ask for help. Never met a machine knitter or any who was stingy with advice and assistance.
Regarding the sponge bar, take a look at how to change a needle in the instruction book. This is a lovely machine also the ribber. Take your time and enjoy it.
You will, no doubt, need a new sponge bar.
Sources to check out are very good. One thing I use for oiling is a good stiff artist brush. About 1/2” wide. Then I use oil I’ve purchased at Joann’s fabric store; an oil manufactured by Singer made especially for knitting machines & sewing machines. The areas directed to be oiled should be done before each project. Especially include the underside of the carriage. Can the source from whom you bought the machine offer any help in finding machine knitters or clubs in your area? You might check out the Silver Reed web site. You can find where knitting machine dealers are in the USA (if you live in the USA) & if there are any in your vicinity from which
you can access help/instructions.
No specific help but encouragement. "Made in the '80s" sounds old but the knitting machines made "back then" were created to last forever with decent care. You have a good machine and the help and videos on Youtube will get you going. And the help on this forum will keep you going. Have fun!
I have this machine and am just learning it also. Bought second hand. If it hasn’t been used recently almost certainly will need a new sponge bar. I’ve found the knitting g closer in Florida to be my best source. Also for spare needles if needed.
There are YpuTube videos on changing (and rebuilding) the sponge bar. I’ve rebuilt one but the ready to use from the knitting g closet is easier and not all that expensive. You’ll need a screw driver, or rod to push the current sponge bar out from one end and pull the remaining big way from the other end.
Hold down the needle butts while putting the new one in.
But while you have the sponge bar out it’s easy to take out the needles and check for rust. Soak in denatured alcohol and a couple of drops of oil. The. Wipe dry.
Vacuum out the channel the sponge bar sits in.
Oil the carriage and put it all beck together, needles then sponge bar, then carriage.
Work slowly through the manual. If you don’t have one they can be downloaded from knittingmachineetc.com
It uses baby wool and finer.
Crochet thread works well as ravel cord when you get that far.
Good luck and enjoy.
(Mine has been packed for several months due to Reno’s, selling house and moving) 😟
I was lucky enough to pick up this machine recently. Hardly used, has all the parts listed in the manual except the sewing needle, and even has the warranty card LOL
First thing I checked was the sponge bar which needed replacing.
I've since found a maintenance manual on line. Google for it.
Huge learning curve from my old Bond. I have started with a few simple projects and have yet been brave enough to try one of the pattern cards. I also have all the sheets of shaping for the sweaters that haven't been used either.
Ive been going through my stash trying different wools. It will use thicker wool but if it seems stiff and hard to push, go every second needle. I gave up on heavy cotton, I'll save that for the Bond.
Follow the manual for set up carefully. Once you get the hang of it, it gets easier.
I’ve seen that machine in action, and its marvelous. It’s always been on my wish list.
You should have instructions in the manual on how to use the knit radar. You should also have a "green" ruler. This helps to determine the stitch and row setting for your knit radar.
Your manuals are your best friend. There should be an Operations manual and a Knitting manual and a set of standard punchcards and More items as shown on one of the first pages of the manuals.
There is a learning curve, the manuals are very precise.
Enjoy the journey.
Thank you all so much for your support!
E bay and wish are also good sources for parts and accessories