Mr B has cleaned all 200 needles (because he's a legend) and together we've probably made it through half of the machine insides so far. Just the J-linkage system to go (the bit with all the needle selector levers and punch card feeder). Some of the linkages we've cleaned so far have been completely seized solid - no wonder the needle selection lever wouldn't move! The old lubricants have gone solid with age and dirt and need to be cleaned away and replaced with new grease.
In this photo you can see that the sinker comb is made from 100 double-prongs stuck to the brown double-sided tape. Also, check out that fluff accumulation! No regrets about taking this to bits so far. Actually, it's pretty enjoyable. This machine is an incredible creation.
|Knitting machine with a beard.|