We want you to make the most of your Kniterate. So we created a guide to make sure your workplace is safe and easy to use. Find an overview of all technical specifications of the machine here or in the manual.
- In what kind of room?
- On what kind of table?
- How do I level the machine?
- How much space do I need?
- What are the power requirements?
1 What kind of room?
A Kniterate is best placed in a dedicated workroom, workshop, or studio. When knitting, it can produce quite some noise (up to 85 Db) so we wouldn't put it next to our TVs! You can control the amount of noise made by adjusting the knitting speed, but always keep your neighbors in mind.
We'd recommend that the space you use for your Kniterate is a clean space without dust, dirt, moist and chemical gasses. Make sure no children or pets can wander into the room, especially when it's knitting. Don't leave any clutter on or around the machine and always make sure to keep the ventilation on the back of the machine free. Please take a look at the full requirements in the manual.
2 What kind of table?
Make sure that the table the machine is placed on, is structurally sound.
We recommend placing your Kniterate on an industrial workbench or table that can carry at least 400 kg / 880 lbs and leaves at least 10 cm / 4 inches around the machine. If the surface of your table is 20 cm / 8 inches deeper in the back (still allowing 10 cm / 4 inches in the front) you can place yarns on the back of the table. This way you can work with multiple fine yarns and ply them, without having to place them on the floor behind the machine.
The table should not be able to sway. You can reinforce the table to reduce sway as much as possible, for example by attaching a board to the legs on the back of the table. We don't recommend tables with wheels due to the little flooring and the momentum of the machine.
If the machine is on a table with a good grip, it won’t move around while knitting. You may want to use the holes next to the legs to attach the machine to the table when the table has a slippery surface, or if you leave in an earthquake zone for example. Place the machine on an even, level surface.
3 How do I level the machine?
Always level your machine, as an unlevel machine can cause the oil to flow away from the oil reservoir.
The machine has four leveling feet, similar to those on a washing machine for example. Place a level on the bobbin board and adjust the feet as necessary until the machine is level and all feet are touching the floor.
4 How much space do I need?
Place the workbench that will hold your machine at least 40 cm / 16 inches away from any objects or walls on all sides, to facilitate pulling out the carriage and to allow enough space for you or any users to comfortably reach the full needle beds in front and back of the machine.
5 What are the power requirements?
Single phase 110V - 220V 10A
Make sure the outlet the machine is connected to is grounded.
Any excess/shortage of line voltage may have an adverse influence on the performance of the machine.