Method as follows for VERY DIRTY NEEDLES
- Remove the retainer bar from the metal knitting bed, then remove the needles.
- Wash the needles in dish soap to remove oily residue, i.e Dawn. (Like the TV advertisement for the ducks/birds.)
- If “rust” is noted, a soak in a strong black TEA solution will assist in removing the rust. Yes, the kind of tea that you drink.
- Then, rinse and treat them to a Soak in isopropyl alchol and a bit of light oil in the solution. Gun oil is good. Hoppes is one brand. If purchasing the gun oil, buy the type that is suitable for plastics.
- DRY well; perhaps a bit of exposure to heat on a tray in your oven to enhance complete drying.
- Inspect latches for free movement.
- Inspect for Straight alignment of shafts and butts.
- Replace as needed.
Further procedures may be needed before returning to the machine. Inspection of needlebed and perhaps more cleaning of the bed is required.
Storing any metal object in an atmospherically humid area will induce rust. Knitting machines should not be stored in non- climate controlled garages, humid basements, or leaky water prone sheds or attics. Known humid global locations are more conducive to “rust” formation. Breathable fabric covers go along way to contain dirt and dust buildup as well as a quick clean AFTER EVERY PROJECT.