I’ve become a little bit bored with my knitting machines lately so decided to have a look on Ebay and see what I could find in the way of older machines. I thought I might find one that needed a bit of cleaning up to get it working again and that wouldn’t be too expensive. I found an old Toyota K510 which I think is from the late 60s or early 70s. I only bought it yesterday but at about 2:30 this afternoon there was a knock on the door and there was the parcel man with the machine! How’s that for quick service?
It’s always a gamble buying a knitting machine from Ebay as you never know how well it will be packaged but I needn’t have worried about this one. I have never received one that has been so carefully wrapped, I don’t think there was any danger of it being damaged in transit.
After removing all the layers of cardboard I found the machine in it’s original, rather battered box which still contained the polystyrene to hold it all in place. Here’s what was inside:
There is no lid but after reading the parts list in the manual it appears that it was never originally supplied with one. All the parts are there, the only thing that is missing is the wax cylinder and I think I’ve already got one of those somewhere.
Of course the first thing I checked was the sponge bar. I knew it would be knackered, it was as flat as a fart:
I have a spare one which is about an inch or so longer than this one but it will do until I can sort this one out.
There was very little fluff inside the machine and no build up of oil and muck so either the previous owner looked after it well or it wasn’t used an awful lot. I think it has been stored in a garage or somewhere with a damp atmosphere for some time as there is some rust on the needles:
I’m pretty confident that I’ll be able to clean them up. I’ll put the worst ones at the ends of the bed and the best ones in the middle.
This isn’t a punchcard machine and as far as I can tell from reading the manual the only patterning it can do is tuck and slip depending on how you set the carriage and the brushes on the sinker plate. Patterns described in the manual are tuck stitch, tuck stitch colour combination, slip loop tuck stitch, slip loop tuck colour combination, open pattern knitting which I assume is tuck lace and thread knitting. I’m not exactly sure what thread knitting is and the black and white photo in the manual doesn’t really help so I’m looking forward to trying it out.
Here are the carriage and sinker plate, or fabric presser as the manual describes it:
There was wool wound around three of the brushes so I’ve removed it all and they are all running freely now.
I’m really pleased with this machine as it’s in very good condition. I’m sure it will work OK once I’ve got the needles cleaned up.
The thing I like best about it is that it’s blue – my favourite colour!
Once I’ve got it up and running I’ll knit a few samples of the pattern stitches. I can’t wait to see what it produces.
Do any of you have a Toyota K510?