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May 31, 2012 17:59:30   #
Louise13
 
TimJohn731 wrote:
Hi, My wife just bought one of these to knit scarves for charity boxes. It would not work at all and just kept looping stitches or dropping them. She asked me to fix it, (I was a textile engineer about 40 years ago so am used to knitting machines, sewing machines and looms). I stripped it down carefully, cleaned everything with methylated alcohol and lubricated it with PTFE grease. The stuff you use on food machinery. I reassembled it and adjusted everything a bit closer using shims, (packers). The machine was not new and had been well used.
Thanks for the info. One question, were do you buy this PTFE grease? Will have to try it on mine, it works but is so loud thought this might make it run quiter.
It now works like a Swiss watch and purrs along. It's a good machine, cheaply made, limited in use but ideal for simple tubular knitting.

Just thought I'd share the PTFE grease idea with you. It did the trick.
Hi, My wife just bought one of these to knit scar... (show quote)
 
May 31, 2012 18:01:14   #
Louise13
 
Looks like my first reply did not go through. I wanted to know were to buy the PTFE grease. and thank you for the info.
Jun 1, 2012 02:42:37   #
Entity
 
TimJohn731 wrote:
Yes. It is an Innovation machine but I used PTFE GREASE not oil. Greasing nylon or plastic gears, cams etc is very common. Many new sewing machines have all plastic bobbin movements which are greased. The needles or latches on this machine are made of HDPE. High density Poly Ethylene. PTFE grease forms a very thin coating over the surface. It is excellent lubrication. You can buy it in aerosols with an applicator tube. I just thought I'd mention it as, in my search for info on the machine I came across many complaints similar to the ones the wife's machine had.
Since I repaired/rebuilt it she has not stopped using it. She plans 200 scarves for her charity boxes by August!! I might think about motorizing the thing!!. Should not be too difficult.
Yes. It is an Innovation machine but I used PTFE ... (show quote)


Thanks for the detailed information. The more information the better the knowledge we gain. Thanks for sharing it. I'm going to archive this for household needs and not just KMs.
Jun 1, 2012 02:48:09   #
Entity
 
Louise13 wrote:
Looks like my first reply did not go through. I wanted to know were to buy the PTFE grease. and thank you for the info.


You can get it at your local hardware store or on Amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/Magnalube-G-PTFE-Grease-count-Pint/dp/B002VYD0C8

Super Lube is one of the brand name for PTFE grease that is often found at Home Depot & Ace Hardware.
Jun 1, 2012 10:18:34   #
Louise13
 
Thank you for answering so fast. Will have to go get some on my next day off. Have a good weekend.
Jun 23, 2014 11:57:21   #
MaryGBurchfield
 
Where did you put the grease and shims to make it work better?
 
Jun 25, 2014 17:52:23   #
TimJohn731
 
There is a sprocket where the handle is driving a ring with the needles. I spaced the drive sprocket out a bit so it engaged better and greased all the moving parts with PTFE grease. The wife used it continuously for a couple of months then donated it to another charity project. I got her a great big old Dubied Type M flat knitting machine made about 1920 and motorised that! She now turns out scarves in rib and patterns etc. also just been given and old circular sock knitting machine in pieces which I'll get going soon.

Tim
Jun 27, 2014 15:17:51   #
MaryGBurchfield
 
LOL nice!! I will try these repairs ty for your help.
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