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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.
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Open the case and place the lid to the back.
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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.
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Release the bar holding the lid items secure and remove the yarn tension unit.
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Next, take out the sinker plate assembly (arm) and yarn tension pole.
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Locate the two clamps and secure the machine to the table.
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Insert the yarn tension pole into the mounting hole towards the back of the machine.
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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.
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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.
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Release the metal plate locking the carriage to the needle bed, thus freeing the carriage.
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Lift the handle on the carriage to the upright position. It will snap into place.
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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.
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That’s it, you’re ready to knit! Next time we’ll thread the machine.
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54 comments

1 Garoldine { 03.24.13 at 2:45 pm }

I have a singer knitting machine. How do I attach the ribber to it?
I do not have directions and have not used it for years.

Thank you,
Garoldine

2 Gloria Winson { 08.03.13 at 6:14 am }

Hello there, I wonder if you would be kind enough to assist me. I have a Brother KH-881 knitting machine. I am casting on with the casting comb hooked over the prongs as it should be, I release it after 1st row as instructed, but then when I knit the cast on comb isn’t dropping as it should it just stays high but not attached to anything but the yarn and then the knitting jams up…….. I really hope you know what I am doing wrong. I was given this machine, as I am trying to earn an income from home due to ill health.

3 Muhammad Safi Ullah { 01.23.14 at 2:27 am }

Salam can you help me ? how to operate kinting machaine ?

4 Eva { 10.11.14 at 11:26 am }

I don’t know if you work on this type of machine put I need help. This is a second hand machine, I just got and I’m trying to learn how to us it. It seems that one of the parts is locked in place, I have looked in the book and this part doesn’t have a name , so here goes. The machine is a studio 700 knitting machine the carriage is the unit I need help with it needs to slide back and forth to knit with this machine. The part that is locked is at the back top right side of the carriage there is one just like it on the left side(it can move). I dont know if there is a switch I can turn or if I need to just oil it and see if it will lossen up can you help me. Thank you Et

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