Testing The Toyota Ribber

The Toyota ribber I bought arrived a few days ago and I have cleaned the needles and refurbished the sponge bar. Today I attached it to the 787 and tested it out. I am pleased to report that there are no problems with it as far as I can tell.

I tried out a couple of rib stitches then went onto full needle rib. I was using 4ply  and struggled to push the carriage. I really should have used a thinner yarn so I can’t blame the machine for that. Then I inserted a punchcard to do a rib pattern, still using 4ply and still doing full needle rib. That was too much for it and it jammed so I called it a day. I will try it again some time with a thinner yarn and maybe using more weight.

  

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Toyota 787

Remember me telling you about the Toyota 787 that I bought from Ebay and it never arrived? Well, a lady called Karen contacted me and very kindly offered me hers, I just had to arrange the courier. What could I say? I arranged for it to be collected and it’s now sitting on my knitting table ready for action. My blog readers are so kind. Thank you Karen, and thank you too Anne for the things you sent me for the Singer.

I thought the Knit Copy pattern charting device that Anne sent me for the Singer might have worked worked with the Toyota but unfortunately it doesn’t so I have bought a Knit Tracer which hasn’t yet arrived. I think the two devices are more or less the same so I shouldn’t have too much trouble getting to grips with it.

I won an Ebay auction for a ribber which goes with this machine and I’m waiting for that to arrive too. After having a look at the manual which I found online, I have a feeling there will be a piece missing from the ribber as I can’t see it in the photo. It attaches to the main carriage then the rib carriage connector screws onto it. I don’t know if the ribber will work without it so I am hoping it will be among the bits that come with the ribber. If not I don’t know what I’ll do but I’ll worry about that later.

I’ve tested a couple of the punchcards out on the machine and it seems to be working OK. I did some tuck and some fair isle without any bother. I created a Knitware pattern for a plain short sleeved top and have knitted all the pieces. It  knitted just fine and the carriage moves very smoothly.

You know I said the Singer KE2400 was my new favourite machine? Well I might have changed my mind now, my new favourite machine might just be the Toyota 787.

  

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Sideways Knitted Cardigan

Knitted on the Singer KE2400.

   
  

I joined the seams and bands on the machine but did the cast off a little bit too tight. It would be nearly impossible to unpick the cast off rows due to the crinkly texture of the yarn so it will have to stay as it is. 

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Work In Progress

Sideways knitted short sleeved cardigan. Just needs sewing up and cuffs and front bands adding.

  

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Cap Sleeved Top

  

This was a quick knit just to test out the Knit Copy again. I found the pattern in an old Modern Knitting magazine and just copied the schematics onto the pattern sheet.

The only thing I had a problem with was the neckband. I’m used to knitting neckbands with a ribber but I don’t have one for the Singer KE2400 so I did a folded mock rib band. I haven’t quite got the knack of doing the neckband like that but I think I got away with this one. I did the armbands the same way and did a better job of them so I think I’ve nearly ‘perfected’ my method.

I can’t tell you how much I’m enjoying using this machine. I have yet to figure out if it will do single motifs but I have a feeling it won’t. I also don’t know if I can do intarsia on it, I will have to have a play but it won’t be until after I’ve knitted my next project which I’ll be knitting a swatch for shortly.

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