I may regret this but here goes.
I have been having a really good think about this and have come to the conclusion that I have far too much knitting machine “stuff.”
However, I don’t really want to put things on ebay and I don’t have the packaging (or the inclination) to send things by courier. So, if anyone would like any of the things I am letting go you would need to collect them and my location in the UK isn’t the most convenient as I live all the way up in the north east.
I was very kindly given by Karen a fantastic Toyota 787. It is a wonderful machine (the dog’s dangly bits) but I’ve hardly used it. Each time I have used it I’ve forgotten how to and have to re-learn what to do. I always end up back on the Silver Reed because it’s the same as the Knitmaster – the first metal bed machine I had – and I can get going with that straight away (most of the time) without having to sit with the manual. The Toyota deserves to be used, not just sitting there idle covered by a sheet. So I’m letting it go. There is a ribber with it and a Knit Tracer. I bought a colour changer for it which I’ve never even had out of the box. To be honest I don’t even know if it’s the right one for that machine. There is a lace carriage but I don’t know if it’s working. I want someone to have this machine, someone who knows how to use a machine and will make good use of it.
Stored under the bed I have a Knitmaster 700. The last time I used it (goodness knows how long ago) it was working. However, I modified the carriage slightly. I thought I could use it on another Knitmaster machine but needed to remove the row counter tripper. I can’t remember if it worked on the other Knitmaster or if I ever replaced the tripper – I haven’t opened it up to have a look.
I have a Knitmaster 302 with a ribber. You can see this machine in action in some of my videos. Last time I used it, it was working OK.
I have a Toyota 510 which is a very basic machine and a Singer KE-1200 which has a dented case. It knits plain OK but there’s a problem with the patterning.
I also have a vintage Orion double bed machine which I cleaned up and got working but never gets used, it just stays under the bed with the rest of them.
I have a case containing (if I remember correctly) two Knitmaster 4500 needlebeds with no needles and a Ribmaster, again with no needles. I would have to get them out and check but I’m pretty sure they are all needle-less.
Then there’s another case full of bits of machines – spare carriages, sinker plates, needles etc. I can’t remember which machines all of them came from, I’ve been keeping them as spares “just in case.”
On top of that I have accessories from my machines that didn’t get put back in the appropriate places and now I don’t know which machines they belong to. My head’s in bits trying to sort this lot out!
I really feel the time has come now to be honest with myself and admit that I won’t use all these machines that I’ve been hoarding. I am keeping my Silver Reed, Singer 2400, Knitmaster 4500 and of course my Bond – I would never part with that. All the machines under the bed are just collecting dust. I pulled them all out a few weeks ago, dusted them off, Hoovered under the bed then put them all back again. What’s the point of that? They need to go. If nobody wants them I’ll ask one of the charity shops if they want to take them. If none of the charity shops want them then I’ll just give them to the rag and bone man which would break my heart to do but they need to go. I’m giving it until the end of the year.
I think some time this week I might take a few photos of everything that I’m letting go of. If anyone wants anything please let me know but like I said, you would have to collect it.
My email address is susanranson64[at]aol[dot]com (replace the words in brackets with the appropriate symbols).
Thanks for reading all the way to the end!
Talk to you later,