If anyone can convince me that I could knit without those dropped stitches I might reconsider! (see next post for the resulting answer to my plea!)
Since I am not an experienced knitter I cannot verify the exact condition of this machine. The cylinder turns very smoothly, but it's driving me crazy with dropped stitches - I switch the needles into different positions and then it works for awhile, then will start dropping stitches in another place! (ok - maybe it's operator error, but the machine really does seem "cranky" at times!) I cleaned the needles by shaking them in a jar with sand and water, a tip from a neighboring cranker.
72 slot cylinder, uses 18 g needles maybe?3 - 2 lb, 2 - 1 lb Weights
crank and handle
30 slot ribber
Photocopy of 1924 guide
original wood packing case (1/2 of it!)
Displayed with needles in every other slot.
52 slot cylinder pieces and old needles - I set the cylinder back into the machine and it turns just fine.
Uses 10g needles.
It turns (72 cylinder)!
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