From: email@example.com >Hi Guys, >I have been debating for months since the intial purchase of my knitting >machine on what do do for a table for it...I looked in catalogs...posted >questions to the list...And got a lot of great ideas...Here is my >solution...I have a sewing room...With a 6 foot long cutting table...I >can't attach my knitting machine to that as the clamps won't fit around >the side rails...It's an old office conference table with a thick metal >frame....It will work on my desk but only with one extension and I have >more than that...My ironing board is too short too...I don't really want >to add another peice of furnature to that room...It's crowded enough...I >got two table top ironing board at walmart that messured 32 1/2 inches >each....I took two hasps and attached them to the bottom of the flat end >of each ironing board.....I put a small nut and bolt in the >hole...Turned it over and guess what...A new knitting machine table that >will fit on my cutting table....my desk...any where...and it only cost >about $22.00.....It messures just over 65 inches and will fit all my >extensions...And the best part is I did it my self...Hope this gives >other ideas too...Gina > ------------------------------- Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 15:17:29 -0500 From: Laura_Magee@cabot-corp.com Subject: [BOND] Extending the ISM bed As a new member of this group, I must say that I have really enjoyed all of the messages everyone sends. I don't know anyone locally that knits like I do, either by hand or machine. Some of the comments and suggestions have been good ones! Over the weekend, I purchased a second ISM at a nearby store that had them on clearance. I got a really good deal and am excited about being able to double the bed I currently have. I love to make afghans and hate having to make strips. I know that this has been done before because I have heard about others doing it. I was wondering if anyone has any "tips and tricks" to combining the two beds. I was concerned about what I was going to do for a table for my "expanded" machine, but the suggestion for using ironing boards is a good one. Currently I am using a table that I purchased on clearance that has worked very well. It is a drafting table--the kind that the table itself lifts up on one side so you can adjust the angle. Of course, I don't angle it in this way, but it has a nice edge for the ISM to attach to. It also has a recessed area beneath the table top that the ISM and supplies stores very nicely in--the machine itself is rarely stored, but supplies are kept neatly away from my children in the table. I look forward to any suggestions anyone may have for me to attach the two machines together. It is really nice to know there are so many others that share my excitement over creating beautiful things on the knitting machine. Laura Magee, Tuscola, Illinois Laura_Magee@Cabot-Corp.com ------------------------------ Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 16:46:07 -0400 From: Cassandra Rosser (firstname.lastname@example.org) Subject: Re: [BOND] Extending the ISM bed Hi, Laura Check out http://www.southern.edu/~williams/machinek.html and under two machines?, there are instructions on how to take apart the bond and add on to it. Cassandra email@example.com Ann Arbor, MI ------------------------------- Date: Mon, 18 Aug 1997 19:56:45 -0400 (EDT) From: Midi73@aol.com Subject: Re: [BOND] Knitting machine table solutions I too, needed a table for my bond ISM. I went to Eagle hardware and purchased a shelf board (finished on both sides) It is 12" wide x 60" long. Then I purchased a set of folding legs for it. I put them together, and put a T board under the middle for support. I can remove the T anytime, and also fold the table. Works great, and cost me about $24.00 all together. (The shelf board was on sale that day, but they are not expensive). I don't have any nifty storage, but under the table sets my plastic rubbermaid boxes with yarn, etc. And on the wall above I put up 4 shelves. I don't like chasing yarn either, so I took some empty coffee cans, and cut a round hole in the top of each plastic lid, and put my ball (or if I'm lazy, just the way it comes from the store) in the can and string the yarn through the hole. VOILA! No yarn rolling around under my feet. If you have more than one color, just use more cans. Works for me...... Sylvia (firstname.lastname@example.org) ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 10:23:10 -0400 (EDT) From: TolerB4@aol.com Subject: [BOND] table for bond I too have jumped through the hoops trying to come up with a solution . I usually keep my machine in my computer/sewing room (which is very small--not much room for a table), but I like to take it downstairs to watch TV occasionally. I ended up clamping my ISM to a shelf board, and I was clamping it to whatever table I could find (what a PAIN). Then I got a piece of that non-skid rubber things that you put under throw rugs, laid it on the table wherever I was and set the shelf with the machine on top of that. No slipping whatsoever! Easy, fast, and no damage to tables. Yours in Tennessee, Elisha ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 09:12:28 -0800 From: Linda (email@example.com) Subject: [BOND] Attaching Bond to a table... Thought I would tell you how I was able to attach my extended Bond to a built-in table that was too wide for the hooks. My husband bought a piece of plywood, cut a little longer and wider than machine. We hooked the Bond onto that and then layed the entire 2 pieces (now treated as 1 larger piece) onto my table and purchased those large "c" hooks and turned them upside down and screwed them over plywood and stationery table. Works great and I can now take it anywhere and attach it to a fat table...like a picnick table or those long tables you can buy........ Hope this helps. Linda in Southern California firstname.lastname@example.org ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 13:42:38 -0400 (EDT) From: CathThorn@aol.com Subject: [BOND] knitting table Hi, I too had problems finding a table to clamp my ISM on to. I finally solved a rpblem. I got a sewing machine cabinet. It is the kind that open on both ends to form a very long table. It works great and I have thecabinet below for tools and such. I found my cabinet for 7$ at a garage sale. I am short on space so this is great as it folds up when not in use. CAT ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 20:19:51 -0700 From: email@example.com Subject: Re: [BOND] two ISM together? First of all take the end caps off of one of the ISM's they are the leads that start the machine off, you will only need one set on a machine. Now, look under and see where the rod goes through the machine, gently tap this back until it clears the hole where the black nut and bolt go, I would then add the machine at this point and tap the new bar into this slot so that you have it more secure. Remember as well, if this gets to be too big a machine that you can add a bracket at a time, but make sure you also tape the needles down before proceeding or you may be picking them up from the floor. Good luck. Linda Bonding on the Net. firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Boudreau ------------------------------ Date: Tue, 19 Aug 1997 21:53:16 -0400 (EDT) From: KarenF621@aol.com Subject: [BOND] re:table My DH took a piece of shelf board and cut it into three piecesand attached it to a kitichen cabinet we got at HQ with drop leaf table hinges. He also put it on wheels. It not only provides storage put when not in use the sides fold down and it can be wheeled out of the way Karen, Brockton, MA ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:25:45 -0700 From: email@example.com Subject: [BOND] Bond Table + extensions My table consists of an old countertop that has the knock down legs on it that come for around fifteen dollars at the hardware store, this way it is sturdy and out of the way. I use the knitting table that I purchases years ago for a cutting table for my sewing room. Another great tables is the 29.00 computer tables that are referred to as cheap student's desks this time of year. they are sturdy and there is room under them for storing the accessories. I have in the past used more than one module for my Bond/ISM, but remember when connecting them, our arms are only so long and then you have to contend with dropped stitches, sometimes we learn by adventure and I did not like that trip. I have learned to just add the modules as needed, to the ends, and replace the caps. Have fun bonding, Linda firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Boudreau ------------------------------ Date: Thu, 21 Aug 1997 08:50:08 -0800 From: Linda (email@example.com) Subject: [BOND] Detailed instructions for joining 2 ISMs Hi all I sent this out to 2 of you , but thought I would post it for anyone that thinks about getting another Bond. This is a combined effort as I asked for help many months ago when I wanted to put 2 Bonds together. I actually left some off and only use 150 needles. This is how I joined 2 ISM's (great notes from Sandy) 1. Flip original bond upside down (Bond #1) 2. Take a very small screwdriver and carefully pry off the metal disks on each end of #1 Bond. 3. Slip off the end caps. Pull each rod back (towards the center) just enough to clear the outside holes. 4. Remove plastic end pieces and put away. 5. Take Bond #2 (which is still in 2 halves), and hook 1/2 #2 to each end of Bond #1. 6. Now slip the metal rods back through the holes and replace the metal disks or just slip the rubber tips back onto the rods since they will provide enough tension to hold the parts together. (Nothing pulls on them anyway.) 7. Flip your Great Big Bond over. 8. Using a pair of pliers, with a piece of cloth or felt held in the jaws to protect the plastic, pull the red rails off the empty needle spaces. Also, pull up the rails over the outside 10 needles on each side. 9. Take the outside 10 needles, put them in the holes of the gap, and snap the rails back down. You need to take care that the rails are still level with the ones on either side. 10. Re-number needles. 11. Now, clamp your machine down, and knit something really, REALLY BIG!! - -- Linda in Southern California firstname.lastname@example.org "Bring a Smile" to someone today :-) "We are blessed to be able to share our gifts with others." ------------------------------ Date: Wed, 17 Sep 1997 08:29:57 -0400 From: Nancy McGeveran (MCGEVERN@stjohns.edu) Subject: [BOND] Joining two ISMs Thanks to all who responded with info on joining two ISMs. I printed out the instructions from Clifford's web page [ http://www.southern.edu/~williams/machinek.html ] and got to work. I realized that the Bond is really a collection of 15 needle units, with detachable end caps on the end units. Those end units have 5 needles and ten "empty" slots. Once I removed the rods from under the new machine, I could configure those units (6 middle and two end ones) any way I liked. So I now have a 60 needle extension--4 middle units-- for my first machine, and a 40 needle Bond--2 middle units and the two ends. I love the "mini Bond," because it's quite portable and fits anywhere. I think it will be good for small projects (read narrow--an afghan strip or mittens). I also think it will be useful for making swatches and trying new stitches, especially if there's a project on the Big Bond. If I want the extra needles for a really wide project, I can add the extra thirty center needles (an extension really) from the mini for a total of 190. As you can see, I'm thrilled with the new toy. Quite a bargain for $60 . . . and if I weren't on the list, joining two machines would never have occurred to me. Thanks again! Nancy McGeveran New York City email@example.com
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