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This is a two part guide on the Brother ribber.
Part 1 is installing your ribber properly onto the knitting machine, it can be found at: KNITTING MACHINES: PART 1, INSTALLING A BROTHER RIBBER.  This is Part 2, making the necessary adjustments before knitting.

About this Guide:
I have written this guide to help you understand how to be able to adjust the Brother Ribbing attachment in conjunction with the range of main bed Brother Knitting Machines. It has been written from an engineers point of view to help you make the necessary adjustments to enable you to setup the ribber properly allowing you to get the very best finish from your work. I have not tried to cover all of the features or the full workings of the gadget, I have not covered any of the many knitting techniques you can use with a ribber, I may do that later in another guide.

I must make it clear I have written this guide from my personal experience, I may not have covered 100% of all aspects of the topic. In some cases I am giving you my opinion, I accept that others may not agree. I accept no responsibility for any mistakes what so ever. Any age of these machines given is very approximate and is based from the date of writing this article 9th April, 2008.

About us:
Carol has been a machine knitter for over twenty six years & has been selling machine knitting since 1985 when we started our first shop. Lionel  is a Brother trained Knitting Machine engineer, he does all of our repairs & servicing, he has supplied all of the technical information for this guide. Now we specialize in supplying and servicing the range of Brother Knitting Machines. We have probably the largest range of spares and second hand refurbished Brother Machines in the UK. Carol has designed and published nineteen pattern books for machine knitting.

Index for this guide:
1. Turning the mast around.
2. Aligning the needles on the machine & the ribber.
3. Adjusting the gap between the machine & the ribber

lease note that this is part two of my eBay guide to help you get the best out of the Brother Ribber. I recommend that you read and carryout the information I gave in Part 1 before you start to make the adjustments I am about to tell you in Part 2. I have had to split the topic of the Brother Ribber into two separate guides because of the limitation on the number of photos eBay will allow in any one guide.

I will now start from where I left off at the end of part 1.
You should have the machine and ribber firmly connected both should be attached to the table. 


1. Turning the mast around.
At this stage we need to install the mast. If your machine has been used as a single bed knitter, attached to a table flat then now that the machine and ribber are lying back at an angle the mast will need to be turned around. This is important to get right. You DO NOT bend it into shape, I see this over and over again it accounts for a considerable number of the tension problems that a novice knitter can have. This is covered in the KR850 ribber instruction book on page 7. You need to turn the mast around the opposite way from the way you have been using it as a single bed.

Take the mast top off and put it on the other way round, now pass the triangular yarn guides around to the other side of the upright, finally you can now place the complete mast back into the machine. Alternatively you can loosen the screw and turn it around to the opposite side. Study pictures A B & C you should see what I mean. If you look at the bottom of the upright you will see that there is a bend, it is this bend that dictates the angle of the upright.


2. Aligning the needles on the machine & the ribber.
Now let's adjust the needles, the object of this excise is to line up the needles on the ribber with the needles on the machine so that they are directly opposite each other when the swing knob, (see picture F circled in yellow) is set to 5, and the pitch lever (see picture 'H' circled in green) is set to P for pitch. Start by loosening the two screws located on the face plate, left hand side of the ribber, (see picture E & H circled in yellow). I do mean loosen NOT UNDO, caution, if you undo these screws you could cause a severe problem, just a turn should be enough. Bring up a few needles on the ribber, say 5 or 6, now bring forward a similar amount on the knitter, so as they come towards each other within touching distance but they do not pass. If the heads of the needles are not directly opposite then you will need to gently move the ribber left or right, (see picture H) bringing the needles directly opposite each other. Once this is achieved then you can lock the two screws which will stop the ribber moving any further on its own.         .                    


3. Adjusting the gap between the machine & the ribber.
Now we will turn our attention to the height adjustment, the distance or gap between the ribber and the main bed. We need to adjust both sides of the ribber. Lets start with the left hand leg. Drop down the ribber to the first stop. You will find a nut located on the top of the leg, (see picture I circled in yellow) you will need to loosen this nut with the spanner supplied with your ribber, one turn should be enough, again do not undo it completely it will cause you problems if you do. Now raise the ribber back to the working position. Next we will need to adjust the gap, locate the rise and fall adjuster, I have given you two pictures of this K & L the adjuster is at the back of the leg. You can either make the adjustment by hand or you can use the work hook supplied with the ribber.


The adjustment is made by lifting or lowering this adjuster. I recommend that you use the two aluminium claw weight hangers (see picture J) as a feeler gauge. Place these two together to be able to use the thickness of these to get the distance between the two beds correct. Now place them over the top of the ribber gate pegs, pull forward 5 or 6 needles on the machine so that the claw weight hangers are sandwiched see picture M you will need to move the ribber adjuster up and down so that the needles are just touching the hangers, get down to eye level, make sure that the needles do not rise. Obviously if your sponge bar is no good all of this will be a waste of time.


Once you have finished the left leg you should tighten the nut, recheck the settings to see that they have not moved and then repeat the exercise on the right leg. I recommend that you recheck both the height & alignment adjustments on a regular basis. You are now ready to start knitting.

I have had to split the topic of the Brother Ribber into two separate guides because of the limitation on the number of photos eBay will allow in any one guide.



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