The LK 150 is a very versatile machine. Many people purchase it as a second machine, sometimes after spending several thousand dollars for a top of the line electonic, because it allows us to manipulate yarn and stitches manually, more like hand knitting with two needles. I am one of those people. I own five electronics and a punch card model, and use them often; but I love feeling the yarn and working with my hands. So the LK 150 is the machine I use when I want a more low-tech knitting experience.
Words, descriptions, and tutorials are my own. I personally prefer line drawings over photos, because it is easier to see the specific part/lever/setting, so for now we will stay with the knitting manual illustrations. You may download and print out any of this material, and share freely with your friends. Please do not repost it, or print it, substituting your name as author; also, please do not remove my name and print it out on your shop letterhead. (Yes, this has happened!) In other words, please do not claim it as yours. This tutorial represents more than a hundred hours of work, and is a gift to all machine knitters. I deeply appreciate your understanding and cooperation.
Step 1. Watch the Video
Congratulations! You are now the proud new owner of the finest hobby knitter available. Your knitting possibilities are endless. But if this is your first knitter, you may be feeling a little overwhelmed. Don’t worry. This is quite normal. We all feel nervous when faced with a completely new piece of machinery. Do you remember what it felt like the first time you logged on to a computer? Just take this one step at a time. It does take a bit of practice to learn anything new, so don’t be too hard on yourself if the first efforts need improvements. Remember, “practice makes perfect”. Allow yourself some time, preferably every day, to get to know your new friend. You will soon wonder how you every got along without it!
Before doing anything else, please watch the video. This is packed on the top level of the LK 150 storage box, in the foam tray. Keep the manual handy, and refer to it while viewing the video. Caution! There are a few techniques which are not found in the manual. You might like to keep a piece of paper close to make notes to yourself. One especially helpful idea is to write down the footage or minute counter for each segment of the tape; that way you can easily find it when you want to watch it again.
NOTE! This was originally written in 1997. The video referred to in the previous paragraph was a tape, to be played in your VCR. There is a DVD now; you can get it from Angelika’s Yarn Store, or All Brands if you are unable to purchase from a local Silver Reed dealer. In the search box on the main page, enter Silver Reed instruction DVD for LK150 and that should bring up the information. Also, as of April, 2016, there is a copy of the original Singer-branded LK150 video on Yahoo, at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jnzxd0twZiw. This is the same machine as the Studio LK150.
Step 2. Choosing a Table.
After you have watched the video, it is time to unpack the LK 150. Any sturdy table with a straight lip at least 1 1/2″ wide will work. There is a very nice table, designed especially for knitting machines, available from Studio. However, many people like to use student desks, which are usually available in discount stores. The one I have is a flat piece of laminated particle board attached to a metal tubing frame. There are two shelves on one side, very handy for storing extra yarn, books, and tools. The advantage of using either the table or desk is that it is possible to leave the machine set up all the time. If space is limited, you may prefer to put the knitter on your kitchen table. It is so light that moving it is easy.
Be sure the table you have chosen is a comfortable height for working. If it is too high or too low, there will be a great deal of stress on the back and shoulder. We are only now really becoming aware of ergonomically correct working positions, or the lack thereof, and repetitive stress injuries. It is indeed possible to hurt yourself if you knit for extended periods of time with the knitter at the wrong height. Try not to position the machine so high that it is necessary to raise your upper arm, or so low that you have to bend over it. Don’t laugh! I have used this machine clamped to my piano bench while sitting on my couch! It CAN be done, but definitely is not a good position.
BEGINNER KNITTING TECHNIQUES
Casting On and Knitting Stockinet
Waste Yarn and Ravel Cord
eWrap Cast On
Backstitch Bind Off
Stitch Through Stitch Bind Off
Transfer Tool Practice
Mattress Stitch Seam
Joining On The Machine
Pick Up A Side Edge
Rehang and Join A Sleeve
Rehang and Join Button Bands
Basic Short Row Techniques
This tutorial was copyrighted and uploaded to the original Clearwater Knits website in 1997. It was updated July 26, 2016.