|Posted by M Starr on October 8, 2015 at 11:40 AM||comments (2)|
I know it has been a while but I have been super busy getting ready for the fall craft shows in my area. I did however do some searching online for help with my addi machine. I came across a video that tells us to grease your addi machine. Now I have put another post earlier about the silicone spray (jigaloo) for it but I was not happy with the performance of it so I took my machine apart again and washed every needle and casing. That was a royal pain in the butt but I figured.. hey why not try this next fix. She had a video saying what she used but not how to do it so as I was greasing my machine this morning I decided to take some pictures as I was going along.
I went to the local hardware store and bouth some white lithium grease by Permatex. I read on the label that it was safe for just about anything so I figured.. yup.. good to go.
I started by removing the outer black ring that was holding the red plastic ring in place. I gently removed the red ring that holds the needles securely in place.. phew.. ok that was easy
Once I got the black inner ring off ever so gently I then started putting the white grease on each side of every needle. Just a squirt (there is no need to put a lot as this little dab goes a long way.
After I finished with all of the needles on the bottom it was suggested that a bit of grease be put at the top of the needle as well. At this point why not! I was fully committed to greasing this machine as I was tired of all the noise it was making when I knit.
At this point I was done greasing the inside of the machine and was ready to put it back together.
Again , carefully fit the black inner ring back over the needles making sure you line up the indent for the counter rows. You will understand that part as seriously it will not screw down until you line everything up the way it should be. At this point look to see if any seepage is happening around the joins and carefully wipe it off with a soft cloth so the grease does not get on your yarn.
Now carefully line up the red ring so the #1 slot fits over the first black needle. This takes a bit of gentle movement as you slip the red ring over the needles. Be careful not to force anything because after all the needles are plastic and will break if treated roughly.
crank the handle and let it go around a couple of times without any yarn on the needles. At this point look for any splatter of grease and wipe it off. I used a Qtip and a soft cloth from this point on.
Now is the time to put some yarn on the machine but only scrap yarn! Knit around 30 rows. You will notice that the grease is coming out on the yarn. hence that is why you use the scrap yarn that you can toss away when you are done.
keep working to remove the excess grease as you knit the 30 rows.
Now remove the scrap work off your machine and toss it away. Once it is off you will see some excess grease. Don’t worry, just wipe it off and you are DONE!…
Now the lady said that sometimes she uses Bond Knit easy spray for the top of the needles for extra lubrication, but I cannot find it here in Canada so at this point my machine is done and ready to work.
Thanks to Suzy Notting and Jack for giving us the video explaining how she greased her machine
you can find her on youtube "theanswerladyknits"
So I am off to make a few more hats for the upcoming shows.
|Posted by M Starr on February 21, 2014 at 1:50 PM||comments (0)|
As I was sitting the other day watching the Olympics I came across some information for cleaning your Addi express machine.. Cleaning???? huh??? what??? no one told me I should be doing this!!!.. Although it makes perfect sense now that someone mentioned it. My machine has been giving me fits and my counter stopped working, (yes I put a new battery in) So I made it my mission today to be brave and take my machine apart. I have added the link below for the video that helps you figure out taking the machine apart. It is the same as if you were doing it to change a needle. So…. I did it. but I went one step farther than the person suggested. I took the top off, like he said, making sure I put the screws aside for the top. Then I took the screws out of the bottom, like he shows and then pulled the top off. Now some people say spray the needles lightly with silicone spray (NOT WD40) It has to be a spray that will not damage your plastic and WD40 will eat the crap out of your plastic and then your machine will be ruined. DO NOT USE WE40 ON THIS MACHINE!!! I cannot stress this enough.
So.. anyway, instead of spraying lightly I decided I was going to take each needle out while I had the machine apart and check them for defects. I took a paper towel and sprayed some silicone spray on it and wiped down each needle. good grief my needles were horribly dirty!. while I was wiping them down I noticed that on the bottom of each needle I had a bit of a rough spot and a couple actually had very visible picks on them. So.. hmmm.. what to do?
Then I had the light bulb moment.. an emery board. I had one right beside me on the desk.. so.. there I sat,, gently filing each needle until I could not feel any rough spots, then gave it one more wipe with the paper towel. So 46 needles later I was quite happy with myself. I followed the youtube video for putting the machine back in working order but.. DUHHHHHHHHHHHH… I wasn’t paying attention to the red part of the machine that had the needle numbers marked on it.. All I can say..make sure you line up the #1 with the first black needle so you don’t half to go back and redo it..hahahaha…. I put the machine back together and gave the crank a go round and I still had a couple of needles that were giving me fits. So I took a pencil and marked the top of the needles that were catching a bit, pulled it apart again and took the two needles out. Sure enough I had a rough spot on one of the sides that was catching on the sliding grooves. I gently filed it smooth, ran my fingers over it again and was happy with it so I gave it another wipe with the paper towel to remove any residue and dropped it back in place.
The machine is back together, running more smoothly than when I actually bought it. You know.. when you get stuff in a machine that were mass produced you are bound to have rough edges. Don’t panic or complain… trust me,,, it is an easy fix! If you find your needles grab a bit or make a noise when they work, just go in and give your machine some tender loving care. You can do it!!!!!
I have added the youtube video link from Paradise Fibers to help you with taking the machine apart. If you have any questions just contact me and I will help all I can. When I do my smaller machine I will do some video or pictures to show you more clearly what I have done.
Now I am off to watch some Olympic hockey GO CANADA!
|Posted by M Starr on July 29, 2013 at 10:55 AM||comments (0)|
Well I am off on a new venture. I spent days, no, weeks trying to find the right bird feeder. After looking at all that was out there on the internet I decided to make one for myself. After all.. *who is the crafter/artisan here after all*.. hehehe
I spent days, drawing, pricing supplies and I finally made a small feeder to see if it would work for me. From everything I have read, the small birds love YELLOW!! go figure, who knew,, say what!!!!! I managed to find enough stuff around here to make the small feeder and now that I have hung it out I am convinced.. yup.. the birds either love the design or they are really hungry and don’t care what I put the seed into.
Here is my design, such as it is. I have some flaws in the first one but now I know exactly what I need to do to improve it.
SWEET! the flaw with this one is that it is too small.
I plan to make ones that are 18″ long and short ones that will be around 10″ long.
Here is another picture of my feeder beside one that I had bought online.
Come back again. As soon as I get all my supplies I will be making them and having them for sale on my site. You will be amazed at how many birds will come to your feeders!
|Posted by M Starr on July 6, 2013 at 8:00 PM||comments (1)|
Well I got my Addi Express Knitting Machine. Nice!.. although I do have one complaint. There are no tutorials or easy instructions for these machines.. I wanted to start with an easy hat, never using a machine for knitting before.. well.. the instructions are.. cast on your stitches (they show that in the little booklet they give you).. knit for desired length (no idea how many rows to knit) and then bind off (they also show this in your booklet)..
Now for me.. that was not enough instruction..good grief.. come on ..seriously..?????
So I played with it.. Now the end result of the hat is just not acceptable in my eyes.. I do not like the rolled rim hats, they sit too loose on your head plus it just looks unfinished!!!. So after a couple of weeks of playing,, trial and error I came up with a valid way of finishing a brim.
Here are a few of my tips for an adult hat
Now mind you this hat will fit (and I did the research) from 1 yr old to adult.
1. Always start your hat with two rows of waste yarn . .ALWAYS!!!… this will give you a good base for when you turn your band up.(Even if you want a rolled brim, do the waste yarn and follow my instructions below). knit about half way round and then I like to tie the waste yarn to the band yarn so the stitches don’t drop. be careful you don’t pull a stitch off the peg doing this. reset your counter to 0 at this point, you don’t need to count your waste yarn as it will be pulled out later.
2. knit for 24-28 rows depending on how wide you like your band.
3. Change colors. I usually tie a knot because if you just drape the yarn down between the needles there is a good chance you will drop a stitch.
now I like to knit until 70 rows for a full adult size. If you put this hat on a 1 year old it will slouch in the back, so cute, a 3 year old it hangs a bit but on an adult it is just enough depth. If you are planning to make toddler to 10 yr old hats 60 rows will be a nice fit for a hat.
4. Now bind off with your red needle the way they show you in the booklet. Turn your hat inside out and gently pull the yarn until it is tight. Tie a knot and weave in your yarn and cut the rest off.
NOW FOR THE BAND!
Turn your hat inside out and lay it flat on the table. Thread your red needle and find the stitch directly across from the needle. (should be the stitch with the joined yarn)
Now pick up the stitch that is the last row of your band color. Pull together but don’t pull tight as it will pucker your band.
(if you want a rolled rim, just pick up a stitch from two rows up and follow my instructions, it will give you a clean look for the rolled rim)
Inside of the hat.
|Posted by M Starr on May 1, 2013 at 12:55 AM||comments (0)|
Well I have finally found a table that will work for my knitting machines. I love the machines but I find they slip and slide even when you put the brackets on the legs. I knew what I wanted and the last 6 months I have been on the search for just the right table. Last weekend we were out scouting yard sales. It was almost noon and I knew we were getting down to most of them packing up their wares. Well low and behold we came across two neighbors doing the sale together. I spotted the table and went up to see how much they were selling it for.. $10.. ok that is a great price for the condition of the table.
Magazine table.. The table has a lamp!! bonus and the magazine part will be great for catching the work as you knit along. I then drew out the template for cutting the holes for both the addi king and the addi regular machine.
Once the parts were cut out, they were sanded thoroughly so none of the yarn will catch on any ragged parts. I then put painters tape along the edge. Completely sanded the top to smooth out and make it ready for painting. I then put a coat of primer and let it dry
DSC00562 I then did a coat of yellow paint (why the yellow you say?) Well I had it in my studio left over from doing bird feeders and I am all about using what I have.
After the first coat of yellow I had gone out and purchased closet rod holders at Home Depot to use as holders for the addi machine legs. I drew where I wanted them placed and then predrilled holes for the screws before the second coat was applied.
Now I had to put the closet braces on the other side of the table to hold the regular addi express. Again predrilling holes for the screws. You need to do this so you don’t split your wood and then all your hard work would be ruined.
Ah.. just what I wanted. This is turning out so Great I suprise myself. I reinforced the table top with new bolts just to be sure.
Looks pretty good HUH?
You can see from the pictures that you can still put the included addi brackets on your legs, Now you have the extra comfort in knowing that your legs will not slide or slip. That was my biggest pet peeve with the brackets.
So there you have it!! I checked somewhere for a table with a notch cut out for the machines and I think it sold for $180 . Now grant it , it was cast iron but honestly who needs the cast iron for this machine. I didn’t check into the shipping for this table but lets say $40 for shipping.. The total cost for it would have been $220 before taxes and let’s not forget what the customs charge would be. Probably around another $50. I was not about to spending that much money but I really needed to get something besides my folding table for this machine
Now here is the kicker.. The table was listed for $10, closet brackets were $1.78 a package and I bought 4 packages. Extra bolts for the table legs $2.00 for the 4 bolts for a total cost of ~~~~ drum roll please~~~~$21.00