How To Quickly Judge Condition Of A Used Knitting Machine – Brother, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed
Let’s look at three basic ways of judging the quality of a used knitting machine, beyond an inventory of missing parts.
1. Slide the carriage off the needle bed and look at the underside.
Is it simply dirty from old oil or is it loaded with gooey lint? It takes more than a few sweaters to clog up a carriage. It is fairly easy to clean out.
2. Sight down the gate posts. Are they all in a line or are some bent? They can usually be bent back to their original positions.
3. Push all the needles forward as far as they will go and run your hand slowly down the needle bed.
Is it smooth or do you feel sharp metal dings? The latter indicates that the carriage has jammed the needle butts into the sides of their slots.
You can remove the needles and take a metal file and sand the burrs down. If the metal slots are visibly badly indented, the machine may catch a needle in the indent with every pass.
There is no recovery from this level of damage. In fairness, I have never found a machine with this problem. Metal burrs yes, significant indentation, no.
November 20, 2006