Friday, May 18, 2007

LK140 and Roller Nubs

I took off the rollers on my needle nubs on the LK140 to use on my Super LK100 and interstingly, I guess because the needles are closer together or something, the LK140 carriage doesn't seem to have any trouble going over the rollerless needles. It doesn't feel like it's being chewed up or rubbed the wrong way at all. I think I will still want to use the rollers, just seems like the manufacturers wouldn't have bothered with them if they didn't serve an important purpose.

I just know there is someone out there who is sitting with their arms across their chest saying "I've been using my LK without the rollers for years and my carriage is fine!" Harumph!!! :) Guess this is my little disclosure, opinions on my blog are based on my own experiences. Your experiences may have resulted in different conclusions. How's that for some more mumbo jumbo LOL!!!

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Thursday, May 17, 2007

Extension of LK100 and LK/HK Carriage Compatabilities

The Super Sized LK100. There are 162 needles on this baby :)

To accomplish this feat, acquire 2 LK100 9mm plastic bed knitting machines. Remove the end pieces of one of the needlebeds by unscrewing the connecting plate underneath the machine.
with connecting plate

without connecing plate

Remove the connector plate in the center of the other needlebed and insert the extending needlebed between the 2 pieces that still have their ends attached. Rescrew the connecting plates, and viola! Super Sized LK100. You can then put the 2 end pieces together for super mini machine with 18 needles, perfect for grandkids and scarves.

Extending the HK100 - not sure if that is possible because the bed is held together with one long plate of steel instead of the smaller joining plates we have on the LK machines, so their isn't anyway to insert the extra sections. Unless you have a plasma cutter and want to cut that steel plate, then you might be able to make it work :)

HK100 underside metal plate

Using the HK100 carriage on the LK needlebeds - doesn't work. It fits, but the rollers are too large to go through the channel in the carriage. It comes to a dead stop. Now if you remove the rollers, the HK100 carriage works great, except for the row counter. The tripper on the carriage doesn't hit the counter right so you have to take it off to use the HK on the LK. The HK carriage has metal parts which makes me more comfortable using it without the rollers too. My LK carriages are all plastic and I've decided that is why they need the rollers on the needles, to prevent the needle butts from eating up the carriage.
HK100 carriage

LK140 carriage

LK100 carriage

Using the LK140/150/100 carriages on the HK100 needlebed - works, but there are no rollers on the HK100 needle butts so we get the chew up the plastic thing with that option. The rollers do not fit on the HK100 needle butts, so if you really wanted an 8mm machine that you could use the LK140/150 carriage on (those Russel levers are really really cool) you would have to exchange all the needles with the LK100 needles and rollers. I'm not going to do this so I can't say if this is possible or not, there is the issue of the sponge bar, the HK100 has an actual bar, the LK's just use foam strips. I'm beginning to feel a bit like Dr. Veektore Frankenstein here LOL!!
LK140 on HK100 Needlebed (not a good idea)

The LK100 and the LK140 carriages - both work beautifully on my extended LK100 needlebed. The only issue now is with the LK140 carriage not having it's own little yarn holder/springy/tensioning/thingy. The clip that holds the little bracket to the needlebed that holds the yarn tension mast doesn't have a matching slot on the LK100 needlebed. It's been suggested that if mounting the machine to a piece of wood, I can drill a hole and insert a mast from another machine to use. I believe that will work as long as I use a yarn mast for another bulky machine, like my Toyota KS610, so I can run the bulky yarn through it.
I was missing some of the needle rollers so I tried alternating the needles, 1 with roller next to 1 without roller. That did not work out at all. My carriage was not happy, it was loud and noisy and I could tell it was miserable. Fortunately, the rollers on my LK140 also fit onto my LK100 needles so I am good to go there until my rollers arrive in the mail (the person I bought my second machine from has said she would send them to me).

End Result!

Now I believe I have a machine that it is wide enough to make a one panel afghan with the right yarn, and especially if I do a tuck stitch (gotta love those Russel levers LOL) which will make the fabric even wider. I also hope that 162 needles on a bulky 9mm machine will be plenty large enough to make super xxx plus sized fashions. I'll be sure to keep you all posted. I hope this answers the questions you all had on this matter, I know it answer's mine and I'm exhausted!

and since I never seem to know when to quit....

My next experiment with all this will be to test the gauge differences between the 2 different carriages when used on each others needlebeds. I.E. the LK140 carriage on the LK100 needlebed and visa-versa. I can't help but think it's got to be different.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

'Unique' Antique Knitting Machine

Unique is the brand of this little beauty. I think it's Japanese, hey, maybe that's where the patent is? Anyway, above are some close up photos. Lots of stuff going on in such a small piece of equipment :)


more on the Unique

Needs a good cleaning though. This is the patent plate
The cam pushing out the rods with the needles extended. Obviously it won't knit stitches this way, this is the position of the needles when you lay the yarn into the latches, the side lever then pulls the needles back into the machine and when the cam is slid across the bed, the rods push the stitches over the yarn in the latches which creates the stitches.
The cast on comb. I wish I would have remembered this comb when I was having such a nightmare with the hook type of combs while making my lace curtains. I had always thought this machine was a fine gauge, the hooks seem so much smaller, but this comb fits on my 4.5mm machines so that settles that :)

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