Brother Garter Carriage

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I need to know the correct number for a garter carriage compatible with my Brother 890. I’ve been offered one, but want to make sure that it will be compatible with my machine.
Thank you.
J Oakley

Hi J
There is a good website for all things Brother: www.scanthecat.com. As your machine has a built-in rail for the garter carriage and is one of the later machines it suggests that you can use any garter carriage on it.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-12-02 19:28:01
Hi Mary

I can help with a couple of your queries.

Are the two little ‘doo-dahs’ magnets for use with electronic machines?

Ebay UK often has Garter Carriages listed – some are private sales and some are from dealers and have been serviced. They all seem to command very high prices but it may be worth keeping a watch on what is available.

Kind regards
Sue.

Sue P
2013-11-11 12:57:09
Hi Mary

I tried sliding my garter carriage on from the left hand side and it stopped too. I had to lift the whole carriage slightly as the little foot-shaped piece of plastic about halfway back on the side of the carriage was getting stuck on the side of the needlebed. I think it is a problem with the rail.

Regards
Sue.

Sue P
2013-12-05 13:06:37
Hi J
There is a good website for all things Brother: www.scanthecat.com. As your machine has a built-in rail for the garter carriage and is one of the later machines it suggests that you can use any garter carriage on it.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-12-02 19:28:01
Hi Mary

I can help with a couple of your queries.

Are the two little ‘doo-dahs’ magnets for use with electronic machines?

Ebay UK often has Garter Carriages listed – some are private sales and some are from dealers and have been serviced. They all seem to command very high prices but it may be worth keeping a watch on what is available.

Kind regards
Sue.

Sue P
2013-11-11 12:57:09
Hi Mary

I tried sliding my garter carriage on from the left hand side and it stopped too. I had to lift the whole carriage slightly as the little foot-shaped piece of plastic about halfway back on the side of the carriage was getting stuck on the side of the needlebed. I think it is a problem with the rail.

Regards
Sue.

Sue P
2013-12-05 13:06:37

Toyota Simulknit

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My problem is that the second colour is not knitting at all. I’ve followed the instructions in the manual but I’m not sure I’m threading the second yarn correctly. Any help much appreciated.

Hi Ratina
If you slide the contrast yarn into the front slot it should thread into the correct position without a problem. You can remove the coupling/connecting arm after you’ve threaded in the yarns to check that they are in the right place or thread the yarns first then put the coupling in place. Make sure the yarns are not crossed.
Then once you have selected the main bed needles reset the carriages and make sure you slide the lever on the coupling to ‘S’.
I hope this helps to get you started.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-12-02 19:03:13

Lost Jumper Pattern

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In my earlier machine knitting days, I had a lovely jumper pattern. It was portrayed in a deep wine colour and was a lady’s jumper with a lacy bodice and a yoke. I think it was a Jarol pattern, but I can’t be too sure about this. The mill was in Milnsbridge, Yorkshire and I used to go direct to the mill to buy my yarn, which was a silky texture. I also knitted samples of this jumper for them. I’ve searched eBay and other sites for patterns, but to no avail. Can anyone help me please?

Drop shoulder pattern

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Hi
I’ve just returned to knitting after many years absence and no longer have any patterns. I’d like to start again with an easy drop shoulder crew neck design for children. I just wondered if anyone could point me towards instructions for a child’s 22 to 24 inch pattern using standard 4-ply yarn?

Hi
If you still need the drop shoulder pattern I could send you an e-mail attachment with a copy of my multi-size pattern. I would need your e-mail address to do this though.
I have only just started knitting again after not doing it for a number of years and used this pattern to knit my one year old granddaughter a jumper for her recent birthday.
Otherwise you can get patterns off eBay or from Bedford Sewing and Knitting who still do mail order. Hope this helps.
Lesley
leanne47
2011-12-01 20:32:47
Hi
If you still need the drop shoulder pattern I could send you an e-mail attachment with a copy of my multi-size pattern. I would need your e-mail address to do this though.
I have only just started knitting again after not doing it for a number of years and used this pattern to knit my one year old granddaughter a jumper for her recent birthday.
Otherwise you can get patterns off eBay or from Bedford Sewing and Knitting who still do mail order. Hope this helps.
Lesley
leanne47
2011-12-01 20:32:47

Liverpool knitting club needs members!

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Want to learn a new skill or maintain an existing one whilst knitting for charity? If the answer is ‘yes’ then why not join the north Liverpool machine knitting club, also known as Knit Wits. Members meet every Wednesday from 7.00 to 9.00 pm at the YMCA in Park Street, Bootle L20 9AD. Everyone is welcome!

Stitches won’t stay on ribber needles

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Hi Patricia
Check that the ribber cast on comb is hanging freely and not getting caught under the machine. You might have to pull down on it for several rows until it does hang properly.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-10-05 17:55:44
Dear Patricia
I had the same experience and a repairman suggested the following:

Your cast-on comb with the weights must hang straight so check after every few rows to make sure it still hangs straight.
Set the tension on the ribber slightly looser.
I pull on my knitting every two or three rows to pull the work down otherwise it starts to bundle up at the needles.
Have the yarn feeder slightly looser than tighter.
Bent needles create havoc and if you don’t have a few needles in stock swap them with the end needles until you can replace them.
Hope this helps
Kind regards
Heilette

Heilette
2011-11-04 16:53:10

Has anyone Skype on their PC?

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I’ve hand knitted for years but about a month ago I was given a
Brother knitting machine with lots of attachments and I don’t know were to
start as I have never used one before. I’m keen to learn, but we have no
clubs were I live and I know no-one with a machine who can help me – hence my request for someone with Skype.
Thank you, Ann

Hi Ann If you will email me I will give you my skype address or you can give me yours then we can get you knitting on the machine hopefully.
Regards Joan
Joannie
2011-11-05 14:19:11
yes i have skype. just email me on barbara.roblin@ntlworld.com and i’ll contact you. i have a brother 950i and also some old magazines that might be of help to you. my friend is wanting to be rid of some of her wool cones as she’s moving house and has limited room. let me know asap if you want any and i’ll try to get some.it might help you to get going on a more economic budget.
cheers
b
barbararoblin
2011-11-05 14:19:11
Hi there

I have Skype and can give you some of my help if you like? Evenings are best with me 8.30pm onwards or odd times in the day. I am new to Skype by the way. I have many knitting machines and have been knitting on and off for over 20 years.

Also try “youtube” on the internet search for “machine knitting” you will find lots of great videos on there too to help you in the meanwhile.

cheers

Paula

squibbitus
2011-11-05 14:19:11
Dear Anne
I have skype but not near my machine. I could help if I can I have a brother 890 with ribber and some attachments. I have knitted for quite a few years….my e.mail address is janetoakley@tiscali.co.uk
Regards
Janet
joakley
2011-11-05 14:19:11

Tension

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Hi
I’m just getting back to machine knitting and need help on the subject of tension. Is there anyone who can help me with the recommended tension on a Passap for stocking stitch, tuck and Fair Isle using Panama and Yeoman 50/50. Any help would be appreciated.
Thanks

Hi Elaine
Welcome back to machine knitting.
Panama is a 4 ply yarn so try stocking stitch at stitch size 6 to start with. Single bed tuck and Fair Isle would probably use the same stitch size.
50/50 is a 2 ply yarn so it is not advisable to knit stocking stitch with a single strand of it but if you want to try stitch size 4 1/2 used 2 ends together it would knit as a 4 ply. For double bed patterning using a single strand try stitch size 3.
You might have to tighten or loosen the stitch size slightly to get the feel you want but these should give you a starting point.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Sue
Sue P
2011-10-05 18:15:47
Hi Elaine
Welcome back to machine knitting.
Panama is a 4 ply yarn so try stocking stitch at stitch size 6 to start with. Single bed tuck and Fair Isle would probably use the same stitch size.
50/50 is a 2 ply yarn so it is not advisable to knit stocking stitch with a single strand of it but if you want to try stitch size 4 1/2 used 2 ends together it would knit as a 4 ply. For double bed patterning using a single strand try stitch size 3.
You might have to tighten or loosen the stitch size slightly to get the feel you want but these should give you a starting point.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Sue
Sue P
2011-10-05 18:15:47

Sensor cam for KH970

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Hi Karen
A bit of exploring on the ‘Net’ has revealed that the part number of this item is 418729001.
I found a website for an American business which sells this part.
Their address is www.baystateoffice.com/g-carriage-sensor-cam-418729001 and the price is $9.41.
They do not say that they ship wordlwide but if you contact them it may be possible to get them to send you one.
Hope you are successful.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-10-21 21:26:37
Hi Karen
A bit of exploring on the ‘Net’ has revealed that the part number of this item is 418729001.
I found a website for an American business which sells this part.
Their address is www.baystateoffice.com/g-carriage-sensor-cam-418729001 and the price is $9.41.
They do not say that they ship wordlwide but if you contact them it may be possible to get them to send you one.
Hope you are successful.
Regards
Sue.
Sue P
2011-10-21 21:26:37