How To Set Up A Knitting Machine – Brother, Studio, Singer, Silver Reed
It’s time to pull that neglected knitting machine out from under the bed, dust it off, and set it up. That’s all we are going to do today so there is no reason to panic. Actual knitting will be another day.
The first thing to do is set the machine on the table where it will be used.
Open the case and place the lid to the back.
If you don’t have a diagram in the lid showing you how to store the pieces, take a picture before removing anything. It is easy to get confused when putting the machine away.
Release the bar holding the lid items secure and remove the yarn tension unit.
Next, take out the sinker plate assembly (arm) and yarn tension pole.
Locate the two clamps and secure the machine to the table.
Insert the yarn tension pole into the mounting hole towards the back of the machine.
Place the yarn tension unit on top of the pole. You will have to rotate the thin wires around so they pop vertical. Then remove the accessory box from the main needle bed and set to the back by the lid.
If your machine has a removable row counter, look for it in the accessory box and attach to the mounting screws on the knitting bed.
Release the metal plate locking the carriage to the needle bed, thus freeing the carriage.
Lift the handle on the carriage to the upright position. It will snap into place.
Locate the sinker plate assembly (Brother/Knitking) or arm (Studio/Silver Reed/Singer) and line it up with the carriage bolting screws. Slide it into place and gently secure it to the carriage.
That’s it, you’re ready to knit! Next time we’ll thread the machine.
December 4, 2006