How To Assemble A Knitting Machine Tilt Stand – Brother, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed
There are two types of Japanese knitting machine stands, tilting and non tilting. Being able to adjust the stand is helpful when a ribber is attached. If you want to knit flat, you can shift the main bed down and forward for a more user friendly angle without removing the ribber.
I’ve always attached my machines to large tables so I don’t have a lot of practical experience with these types of stands. If anyone has any tips on how best to use a Japanese stand, please leave a comment below. I’m especially interested if anyone has put additional support under the back of the knitting machine. It seems like a lot a weight to be hanging by two c clamps.
1. Lay out all the pieces. You should have four legs, a main cross bar with two securing L arms to adjust the tilt, and two case holding bar assemblies with wing nuts and nuts.
As you’ll see towards the end, there is also a safety stopper.
2. Grab a pair of legs. If necessary, insert the rubber feet. Notice that they must face in opposite directions.
3. Line up one of the legs with the top bar.
4. Insert the leg and push up until the holes align.
5. Repeat step 4, installing all the legs.
6. Locate the two L shaped securing handles under the center of the main bar. These control the tilt of the stand.
7. Loosen the handles so the main bar moves freely. You do not need to remove them all the way.
8. This shows the main bar tilted forward. This is the front of the stand.
9. This shows the main bar level with the floor.
Leave it in the horizontal position for now. It is easier to attach your knitting machine when the main bar is level.
10. If your stand is unmarked, place a sticker on the front. Remember, the front of the machine is the side where the tilt faces down towards you.
11. Locate the two sets of case holding bars and remove the nuts.
12. From the back of the stand, insert the bars through back and front paired leg holes. Attach the nut and tighten.
The purpose of these bars is to stabilized and secure the leg sections while also providing a place to set the lid of the knitting machine.
13. If the arm protrudes too far through the nut, your knitted fabric may snag as it comes off the machine.
14. Adjust the nut and wing nut so that the bolt is more flush. Don’t recess it. You want the arms securely attached and your stand rock solid.
15. The stand is now assembled and ready for your machine.
16. With a friend, set the knitting machine on the stand and secure with the two c clamps
Make sure you position the machine such that the clamps attach to the tilting portion of the main bar, not the fixed center section. You will want to adjust the tilt while the machine is attached.
17. Here is the machine attached with the tilt on horizontal. The weight of the machine causes it to fall back a bit.
If anyone has tips on how to better support an attached machine, I’d love to hear them. I know thousands of knitters have successfully used these stands. This picture makes me a bit nervous.
18. Here is the same machine tilted all the way forward to show the stand’s range of movement.
19. As mentioned at the top of the post, this stand came with a small piece of metal called a safety stopper. In order to use it, you must have two of them, one for each side.
20. To install, your machine must be off the stand and its lid on to protect it.
Turn your knitting machine upside down. Unscrew the original clamp brackets and replace them with the safety stoppers. Secure the stoppers to the side closest to each end of the machine.
21. Here is how the safety stopper works. When it is screwed to the underside of your machine, place the c clamps in and secure as normal. The bend in the metal plate catches on the back of the stand when the machine is tilted forward. This prevents the machine from falling in your lap and onto the floor should the c clamps slip.
Since my used stand only came with one safety stopper, I can only show you how it works in theory. If I had a pair to install, I’d try reversing the c clamps, inserting them from the back of the stand, so gravity was working with me. The only hitch would be if the screw head got in the way.
22. Set the lid of the machine on the case holding bars. Your stand is assembled and you are ready to knit.
June 30, 2008