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jandawson Posted - 02/11/2009 : 07:51:07 AM
Help! I've got an LK100 that's no longer working and I think it's because all of the needles have become magnetized. I don't mean the carriage - the needles themselves are strong enough to pick up a heavy T-pin. The machine used to work fine but it was in storage for a long time and when I got it out again nothing worked. Now when I run the carriage across the bed any active needle gets jammed up in the groove in the black plastic wossname that the yarn goes through. They run across the first magnet okay, but then as soon as they get to the gap in that black plastic thing, they're pulled really strongly upwards and so get caught.

Are the needles supposed to be magnetized? Has this happened to anyone else? Is there a solution short of buying new needles? Or is the problem in the carriage rather than the needles? Or the operator rather than the machine?


Janet Dawson
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justinaknits Posted - 08/28/2010 : 11:01:46 AM
Hi Cindy,
Yes, it is easy, even though it sounds complicated! yes, the LK100 takes the same sponge, different needles though. You will think you have a new machine when you get the new sponge strips in!

Cindia Posted - 08/26/2010 : 07:26:50 AM
Thanks Justina. It sounded a lot trickier than it was. I went up and took out one needle and the sponge has no give to it. It's probably 12 years old and I've never done any repairs. That web site you gave sells LK150. Do you know if the sponges will fit the LK100. I think I should order a couple of extra needles too now that I know how to take them in and out. My machine will have a new life. Yeah.

Cindia Posted - 08/26/2010 : 06:57:51 AM
Thank you. Sounds tricky, but I'll give it a try. I like this little machine since my hand knitting is pretty crappy. Thanks again.

justinaknits Posted - 08/25/2010 : 7:36:49 PM
I think your problem is that you need a new sponge strip for it, the needles are fine, they are just not being held down in place anymore because your sponge has deteriorated. You can buy a new sponge here;
Once you get the new sponge in, you will find it works fine again. To take the old sponge out, you need to close the latches on the needles, then slide them all the way forward, tilt the latch down, then pull it back through the bed. Once you get them all out, check the bed for goo and dirt, clean if needed, then when your new sponge comes, press it down into the channel, then turn back right side up, OPEN the latch on your needle, put you finger under the bed, press up on the sponge, then slide the needle through the channel and UNDER the sponge. Do this for each needle, then try the machine again, and you will be surprised how nice it knits.

Cindia Posted - 08/25/2010 : 6:01:17 PM
Did you ever get a reply to your problem. I'm new to the forum and have the same problem and the same knitting machine. I didn't see a reply but then again maybe I don't know where to look.

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