I won an Ebay auction for a Toyota 787 with ribber, lace carriage and stand. A few days later a box arrived containing just the ribber carriage, lace carriage and a few accessories – weights, transfer tools etc. I assumed that the seller must have sent the machine and ribber separately so I contacted him to make sure. Turns out he had packaged them separately but then taped the two boxes together and they have come apart during transit. He didn’t put an address label on the other box and it is now lost somewhere between his house and mine. He’s given me a partial refund but it’s not the money I’m bothered about it’s the knitting machine. I understand the Toyota 787 is the dog’s b*llocks, one of the best. Unfortunately that machine will now probably end up in a skip somewhere.
I found another nice looking machine on Ebay, a Singer Magic Memory KE1200. This machine intrigued me as it takes punchcards but also patterns manually by pressing buttons. The patterning requires batteries and the use of a lever to select the needles. I won the auction and the machine arrived. Unfortunately it had a dent in the case right where the patterning unit is. It was either dropped by the courier or had something dropped on it. I didn’t pay much for it so didn’t bother making a claim for the damage. I’ve had it working but it mis-patterns so I don’t know if that’s because of the damage or if it just needs a good clean. I’ve packed it away and will get it out later in the year, dismantle it and give it a good clean. Maybe I will get it to work properly.
On the same day that I won the auction for the Singer KE1200, another Singer was listed. This was a Singer Memo-matic KE2400 which was in an unused condition. The seller was in my home town. What could I do? I had to bid on it. I was the only bidder and won the auction at a very good price. Within an hour of the auction ending the knitting machine was in my front room! The seller said he had bought it for his Mother in (he thinks) the late 80s but she wasn’t really interested in a punchcard machine and bought an electronic one instead. This machine was put in a cupboard unused and forgotten about. The only thing I needed to do was refurbish the sponge bar.
The machine came with the lace carriage and extensions, a punchcard punch and a wool winder, all unused.
The manual and punchcards were missing so I contacted the seller and he didn’t have them, he couldn’t understand why they weren’t there but they definitely weren’t in the box so who knows. I managed to download a copy of the manual and Maggi from the Knitting Machine Museum
kindly sent me photographs of her set of punchcards so I can punch a set of my own.
I have just finished knitting a raglan jumper on the KE2400 and I am very pleased with the way it knits. Once I’ve sewn it up I am going to have a go at knitting a lace top.
I’m really pleased with my new machine and it makes up for disappointment of the other two.
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