Help needed for e 6000

Hi everyone, I have just bought a second hand e 6000 and am struggling with it. I live in south Lincolnshire, south Holland area, and would welcome help from any one in the area.
It would be lovely if anyone knows of a club in the area.
Thanks Sue

Garter carriage problem

I recently purchased a garter carriage for use with my Brother KH-965 electronic machine. I wasn’t sure if it was compatible, as some sites said it would be and others said it wouldn’t. I found that it would knit if I applied gentle pressure to the top of it, so I added the magnetic rail on top of my built-in rail to raise it and then it totally stopped co-operating. I next tried it on my KH-891 on the magnetic rail using the correct punchcard for 1×1 rib and it purls one stitch then drops one stitch. I’m now at my wits end and unsure what to try next. I hope someone can help and any help would be very much appreciated.
Thanks, Katrina

Hi Katrina
Sorry to hear you are having problems. Which garter carriage do you have?
The fact that it is dropping the plain stitches on the 891 suggests that there is either no needle in the garter carriage or it is not locked into position. When you open the front flap there is a lever which fits into the groove in the white end of the needle. If this is not locked into position the needle won’t move properly and the stitches will not knit.
When using the garter carriage the main bed needles still knit the purl stitches and the garter carriage knits the plain ones.
Hope this helps Sue
Sue P
2015-11-19 16:07:53

Ouch ouch ouch

Yesterday I dropped the heaviest weight on my foot again and now I’ve a massive purple bruise coming. Aaahhh, machine knitting, I love ❤ it.😄

Help please with an E8000

Hello Anne
Could you please print a letter in your magazine, because I am looking for someone to help me with my Passap E8000. I have only just acquired it and the first thing I need is some help with the control unit. I live on the east coast of Lincolnshire and hope your magazine could put me in touch with someone who knows about this machine. Thank you for any help, Hilary

Hello Hilary
Would this website be of any help?
Maybe you could also email them for some help. Best wishes Sue
Sue P
2016-02-18 20:58:01
Hello Hilary
Hopefully you have already sorted your machine out but if you still need assistance there is a Yahoo group dedicated to the E8000. You’ll find it at

The list owner seemed to be from UK but I know little else as I don’t belong to the group myself. Hope this helps Tuija

2016-02-18 20:57:23

Christmas jumper lovers

New research from the consumer campaign has revealed that over ten million people are likely to buy a Christmas jumper and 40% of Christmas jumper wearers plan on wearing them just once or twice this festive season. Love Your Clothes is launching a 12 Jumpers of Christmas competition to inspire people to upcycle a pre-loved jumper as an alternative to buying a new one.

And those consumers that don’t feel that handy with a needle and thread are being encouraged to consider buying a pre-loved Christmas jumper or swap and share last year’s with friends and family instead.

The clothing industry has the fifth-biggest environmental footprint of any UK industry. Upcycling an old jumper gives it a new festive lease of life. It is a great way of keeping clothes in use for longer offering a significant opportunity to reduce the environmental impact of clothing. Extending the length of time we wear clothes by just three months would lead to a 5-10% reduction in their carbon, water and waste footprints.

The new research from Love Your Clothes revealed that over seven million people across the UK would currently consider decorating their own jumper to make it festive. To encourage more budding stylists, the consumer campaign is offering tips and tutorials on their website: and will publicise the top 12 creations in December. A Janome sewing machine will be awarded to the best design with subscriptions to Simply Sewing and Reloved magazines up for grabs for runners up.

To enter, people just need to either decorate a jumper or cardigan they already have, or a pre-loved one (e.g. from a charity shop), so it can be worn instead of purchasing a new Christmas jumper. It can be for adults or children and should feature a creative Christmas theme. It also needs to be washable and designed so the decorations can be easily removed after it has been worn so it can continue to be used after Christmas. The designs will be judged by the Love Your Clothes team based on creativity, what inspired the design, how the design was made and what materials were used (extra points are available for incorporating re-used materials).

Sarah Clayton, Head of Clothing at WRAP, the organisation behind the Love Your Clothes campaign, said:

“We are really excited to be launching our 12 Jumpers of Christmas competition and hope it will inspire lots of people to get upcycling. With most Christmas jumpers being worn only a handful of times over the festive season transforming an existing jumper into a one-off Christmas master piece is a great way of adding some ‘green’ style to your wardrobe this Christmas and saving some cash at the same time.

““We know that the average lifetime of clothes is just over two years. Entering the 12 Jumpers competition is a great way for people to extend the lifetime of their old jumpers and make a jumper last for life not just for Christmas!”

Love Your Clothes recognises that buying a Christmas Jumper is often in response to charity fundraising appeals but would urge people to jazz up a jumper and make a charitable donation with the money they’ve saved to their chosen cause instead.

Competition entrants should submit a good quality colour photograph (at least 72 dpi resolution) of their jumper plus a description of what inspired the design how the design was made and what materials were used by e-mail to: with the subject ’12 Jumpers of Christmas Competition’ in the e-mail title by 10 am on Monday 7th December.

We’ll be sharing top tips on Christmas jumpers and loving your clothes throughout November and December. Join in the fun by visiting following us on Twitter @loveyourclothes and #12jumpers.

how the design was made and what materials were used by e-mail to: with the subject ’12 Jumpers of Christmas Competition’ in the e-mail title by 10 am on Monday 7th December.

We’ll be sharing top tips on Christmas jumpers and loving your clothes throughout November and December. Join in the fun by visiting following us on Twitter @loveyourclothes and #12jumpers.”

Peppa Pig

Please has anyone got a Peppa Pig pattern, or know where I could get one? I would love to knit my great-granddaughter a top for Christmas on my knitting machine, but can’t find a pattern. Many thanks for any help, Josie

Hi Josie there is a graph for a pattern here:


Sue P
2015-11-10 21:26:54

Help with a shawl pattern, please

I have previously knitted this shawl successfully when I started out learning to machine knit on a Brother 588, for my son who is now 42. I still have the original shawl and even after 3 children it’s so good I cannot give it away. The problem is I no longer have the pattern. I have knitted the centre square and I now need to knit the vertical edge with mitred corners and lace on the edge. It is knitted over approximately 26 stitches. The 8 stitches at the edge are 3 / 4 stitches out of work:-


Four transfers go to the right and then 4 stitches are transferred to the left, which shows up as a slight shell edge with no cast offs or cast ons. I have punched cards and tried moving stitches in every way I can think of, but I have never tried designing a lace pattern. is due in mid November and I really need help. I have 4 edges of 330 rows each, plus the mitred corners but in all my books there is nothing vertical with plain stocking stitch and a lace edge. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Lynda

Hi Lynda

You might find this link helpful:

It is a Diana Sullivan video on shaped edgings when knitting lace. I wondered if you could adapt what she does for your shawl.


Sue P
2015-10-24 12:14:43
Hi again

I also found this page which might help:


Sue P
2015-10-24 12:23:10

Changes to shopping cart

You won’t notice anything different when you’re using Trading Post – the changes are required because Paypal is changing its services. We’ve tested it as much as we can, but given how many different machines you all use, there are sometimes things that we can’t anticipate, so we’d really appreciate it if you could let us know straight away if you have any problems.


Helping Hand

This seems to work very well for a 4-ply cardigan, but not for 3-ply yarns or when I’m using two strands of 2/30s so I’ve two main problems:-
1) If I knit a band using this method, it puckers when the garment has rested.
2) If I measure the length I need using the main tension and knitting this on MT-1 and MT-2, the bands are then too long. I’ve a standard gauge machine without a ribber and wonder if other knitters have this same problem? Any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks, Margaret Robinson

Let’s look at both options, Margaret. Firstly, if the band really puckers there are too many stitches in it. Reducing the tension for bands and welts to make them pull in is common sense. On the other hand, when you’re using fine yarns on a standard gauge machine, you’re already knitting at a fairly tight tension, so taking it down even further can make knitting very difficult. You need to calculate stitches for bands on the lean side, whatever thickness of yarn you’re using. If the band consistently puckers into ‘waves’ rather than fans out slightly, there’s probably an inch or two of excess knitting.

A typical 3-ply tension is 32 stitches and 48 rows to 10 cm (4 in). Let’s suppose that the front edge measures 51 cm (20 in) when blocked, then 51 x 3.2 = 163 (or 20 x 8 = 160 in inches). Alternatively, use the golden rule that we pick up two stitches for every three rows, so 51 cm x 4.8 (rows per cm) = 244.8 rows. 244.8 ÷ 3 x 2 = 163.20. 20 in x 12 (rows per in) = 240. 240 ÷ 3 x 2 = 160.

Whichever way you work it out, the result is about the same, so try reducing the number of stitches you pick up by around 8 or 10. In our example, you’d probably try picking up something like 150 stitches. (Don’t forget to leave an equal number of stitches between buttonholes.) You’ll have then taken out just under 4 cm or 1½ in and this should be ample, especially if you also tighten the tension by one whole number.

If the problem still persists, try a ratio of one stitch to one row twice and one stitch to two rows once. You can also knit the band sideways but separately and then sew it in position instead of picking up the stitches. You may simply be stretching the knitted edge too much and not pressing or blocking it back to the correct size. Years ago, when welt bars were supplied with machines, we always pushed the welt bar through the band and gave it a good tug before joining the ends. It closed the stitches nicely and straightened the edge. A clean, narrow ruler or smooth, flat length of wood can be used as a substitute.

Another ploy knitters used years ago was to block out the fronts of a cardigan, press if appropriate then leave to dry without removing the knitting from the blocking mat. They would then sew the band in place with the knitting still more or less pinned in position. It helped them keep to the correct measurement, especially if the band was knitted lengthways. It may be something else you’d like to try and I hope this helps your bands to lie flat in future!

The Wool Cabin

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