Bad Pinkie, Bad, Bad, Girl
I’ve taken such good care of you. Bill rescued you from the thrift store. We cleaned you. We oiled you with Ballistol. We brought you in from the cold garage.
Why do you keep misbehaving?
I need to make a sample so everyone can see how great you are. Even at your age, you still have so much potential. Please be a good girl and stop jamming. I want to show our visitors what you can do.
I’d love to have a picture of my solution. Something simple to share should your Passap jam when yarn is added.
But I don’t. I’m totally frustrated and the Pinkie has gone back to the garage so the Duo 80 can come inside.
The locks glide effortlessly across the needle bed in all letter settings without yarn. When yarn is added, it jams part way in with every pass. If I wiggle the locks back and forth, I can eventually get them to move. I’m not even using the pushers. They are in rest position with the N/X lever in N. I’ve changed strippers. I’ve made sure the yarn is flowing freely. I’ve tried weights. Nothing works.
My only guess is that the lock needle plates need to be screwed down a bit. They seem awfully loose in the N position compared to the plates on the Duo 80. It is not a lot of play, but I’m wondering if the tension added by the yarn is causing the plates to slowly shift out of alignment as the locks move across the bed, jamming the needle butts into the plates rather than staying in their channels.
Otherwise, the jamming makes no sense at all.
November 2, 2006