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If You Have A Brother Electronic Knitting Machine, This Is So Cool

Our machines have happily been hacked to allow a computer, including a Mac, to act as the external floppy drive. You can then use Photoshop or other paint program to make stitch patterns and download them to your machine.

There is a detailed tutorial available if you want to hack too, complete with a photo tutorial on how to make a USB cable to connect your computer to the knitting machine.

This solution works, but is geared for someone comfortable with making a cable and using a command line interface program such as Terminal on the Mac. There is additional info at Steve Conklin’s Electroknit Technical Information page

I so hope these ladies’ efforts spur others to contribute their programming skills. Machine knitters need more open source options for interfacing our beloved equipment with modern computers, including the Mac.

Thank you Becky Stern and Limor “Ladyada” Fried!

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November 7, 2010


1 Carolyn { 11.09.10 at 12:47 pm }

I just love this blog! I just learned how to use my 930 (I’m a Singer knitter) and this is one more thing to look forward to doing.

2 Laritza { 11.13.10 at 4:19 pm }

Thank you! I do not won Brother machines but it is exciting to see the path opening ahead.

3 andre costa { 11.15.10 at 10:40 pm }

hello how are you I am Andrew I am from brasil i saw your video. well I d like ask you about a pull/push car to fix on the any knitting machine I saw some brother machine but cant read on a picture the serie number could you help where i can find out this i have the picture if you wants ee the device . thanks
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4 Norene { 11.24.10 at 7:31 am }

This is a great idea! I’m going to work on this for my 930.
Is there any information on how to do this for my 270, Brother electronic bulky knitting machine?
Will this emulator work to input into a PPD, to input to a cartridge to put in a pattern to a 270?

Thanks for posting this information.

5 cindy { 06.09.11 at 9:58 pm }

will the hacking for the 930 work on a 940????
I have a 940 and would love to be able to do this with the 940????

6 Truffuls { 10.15.11 at 7:51 am }

I just got a this machine (930e) and set it up. Does anyone know how to fix a lace carriage that keeps jamming?

If I put one needle into B position w/o yarn it works, 2 needles in B, works, three works most of the times but when I get a few stockinette stitches on the machine and then go to use the lace carriage it jams and tons of stitches get dropped.

I have to remove the 4 screws and 2 guides from the front of the lace carriage and then coax it off the bed.

Anyone know what is going on?

I’m new to knitting machines so I’m at a complete loss.

7 Anne { 12.09.11 at 5:23 am }

I am looking for pre patterned mylar sheets for the Brother KH910 I recently purchased a S/H machine and there were no mylar sheets with it,
Can anyone help me?

i RE

8 Ann Lamont { 02.01.12 at 11:15 am }

Could I do this for my Brother 950i? It looks cool and if I could do this it would get around the fact that my machine won’t read the Mylar sheets.

9 m parker { 10.19.12 at 11:46 am }

i have a 950i brother trying to put tuck pattern i n after putting in number it should come with row 1 but it comes with 101 tried 888 to clear patterns but that does not work

10 m parker { 10.19.12 at 11:53 am }

how long will i have to wait

11 Linda { 03.21.13 at 6:10 pm }

I was wondering if this could be done for my kh-910. I can’t find any pre printed Mylar sheets , or the blank ones for that matter! Please help
It is really discouraging

12 Felicia { 07.16.13 at 3:16 pm }

Hi, my englese its no so good, i am 47 old and y have knitting mashin Brother 830, i tried to knitt but nathing, please show me some picture what butons pwsh for work 1×1 pattern, and any steps to knitting. thank you Felicia

13 elvis { 10.03.13 at 6:04 pm }

puedes hacer eso en un silver reed sk 840

14 Zel { 01.06.14 at 1:32 pm }

Hello, just found your site; thanks for all the info. For those looking for manuals – check out Under Silver Reed they list machines: Silver Reed, Studio, Singer. Knitmaster and Empisal.

15 jessica { 02.25.14 at 1:56 pm }

where does one buy this machine or a singer? i live in houston, tx

16 Sandi { 08.13.14 at 7:17 am }

i am looking for knitting machines with motor or just the motor to put on my current machines.. does any one know where i can get them thanks !!!

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