Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Electronic Knitting Machines
This is the EC-1 controller for the Silver Reed SK 860. It's about 20 years old. I had it rebuilt around 10 years ago, before the PC 10 came out. The PC-10 is the equivalent of the electronic motherboard in the Brother machines. I can't afford to buy the PC-10 right now, so when I decided to do some patterning on my 860, I dug up my EC-1 & hooked it up to the machine. I haven't used it for some time & am having to kinda relearn it. The 860 will also work with DAK, which I have, but I didn't want to move my machines all over to set it up for DAK. I have my Brother 965i hooked up to my DAK program.
The EC-1 reads mylar sheets that you can draw your own patterns on. I have blank mylars & spare pencils for it. (I always over buy with my knitting supplies because I worry that they will be discontinued.) I want to make some shelter sweaters with single motifs.
I did this one by embroidering the front by hand. I don't think I did a very good job, & am not going to do another one this way. I have drawn my pattern on a mylar sheet & if all goes well, I will have a sweater to show you on the next post.
I bought this at Walmart a few years ago. It is plastic & It hangs on the wall. It holds all my various buttons, snaps, bobbins & knitting machine needles. I really needed something to put all of them in, where I could sort them out, but had a hard time finding something that I could use. I just love this. I don't have to search for the right needle any more, & can tell at a glance when I need to replenish my buttons or snaps. It was around $25.
I am going to be highlighting things in my knitting room just for fun!!