Exploring a new-to-me Toyota 858 knitting machine - Episode 1

Do you have more than one knitting machine? They seem to multiply like rabbits! 

One of the biggest mistakes many knitters make is trying to master multiple machines. They confuse and frustrate themselves by all the buttons, levers and terminology between the different brands.
With that being said, I recently adopted a new-to-me Toyota 858 knitting machine. Having worked on Brother and Singer/Silver machines in the past and understanding the capabilities of machines in general will go a long way towards mastering this one. (I hope).

One of the biggest mistakes many knitters make is trying to master multiple machines. They confuse and frustrate themselves by all the buttons, levers and terminology between the different brands.

 

This machine is a standard 4.5 mm machine with a punchcard mechanism. On opening it up, things look pretty straight forward ... 2 parts to the knitting carriage, tension mast, tools, clamps, side rails for the lace carriage ... check, check, check ... this machine is pristine! I checked off the parts list and everything seems to be here, including the cast on combs in good condition. Can't wait to get knitting!


But wait .. what's this? Obviously this is for the punchcard, but .... my fingers are starting to itch ....

 
Another mystery ... the manual calls this the "Selector Lever".

I unlocked the carriage, look how clean this is! It was obviously given a lot of TLC.
 
To be expected, the sponge bar is flat ... Can't do much until this gets resolved.

This is a 12 stitch punchcard machine, I was given some blank cards, but ... it appears neither of them fit. I'll have to do some research and find the right cards.

 
  Sadly, on closer inspection, the needles are rusted ... no point in going any further.

Overall this machine is in excellent shape. there are a few things that I need to do before I can start to play.

 

 

  1. Replace the spongebar
  2. Find the original punchcards
  3. Clean up or replace the needles

Sorry, little machine I need to pack you back up for another day ...

Stay tuned ... I'm determined to use this machine!

Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 12/02/2015 at 12:00 AM | Categories: General Info - Machine Maintenance -

1 Comments

Alex

Alex wrote on 12/03/15 6:44 AM

It looks like a good machine, despite the rusty needles. My Toyota KS901 is my favourite machine - I've used Singer (many years ago) and Brother machines, but there's something about the Toyotas ... looking forward to seeing how this progresses. Older machines are sometimes more interesting to use (bet I look on eBay now to see how many Toyota 858 are there!).

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