(Pages 1-8 translated from French by Elsie McCarthy 1999)
Legare No. 47 Instruction Manual
INSTRUCTIONS FOR LEARNING TO KNIT
The "Legare No.47" knitting
machine, perfected for family use is the simplest, quickest and the most
practical for all major knitting projects in the home.
We teach you in this pamphlet to use the machine to knit stockinette stitch and ribbing, to make stockings and other knitting with practice, study, and careful attention, you will soon learn to make a great variety of knitted articles. The most important point is to understand your machine and to learn to take care of it, so that it will always work well.
DIAGRAM- start by studying the diagram on page 3, learn the names and numbers of the pieces, so that while reading the following pages you will understand more easily the adjustments to make. You will greatly simplify your work by exercising your memory first to learn the diagram on page 3. Also study the replacement parts at the end of this booklet.
CYLINDER- Two cylinders are furnished with the machine, one for 54 needles and the other for 72 needles. The biggest and the most tightly knit items are made on the 72 needle cylinder and if you are using thick or rough yarn, it is better to use the 54 needle cylinder.
OPERATION- Always turn the machine in the same direction, from left to right, going from B to C, see diagram on page 3, the machine should only be turned in reverse direction for knitting the heel and the toe.
MEASURING- To assure matching size of socks or other articles, count the number of revolutions you make for each distinct part of the item; by repeating the same number of revolutions for the second piece you will obtain the same size as the first piece.
YARNS- The quality of your knit items will depend on the quality of the yarn. Well spun yarn of a medium diameter is always easier to use. Rough, bad or dyed yarn should be washed or rolled in a piece of sheeting or saturated in wax, while you wind them onto bobbins.
NEEDLES- Before starting an article, one must first check to make sure that all the needles on the cylinder and the dial are in good condition, that the latches are down and that they work well, and that the points are not broken.
OIL- Use good sewing machine oil. Oil all the parts where there is friction or wear regularly, especially the cams, the crank, the base of the gear ring and the cog ring, the cogs and the base of the needles.
CLEANING- Keep your machine clean, using carbon oil or gasoline to clean it often. Clean off all the old oil, bits of threads, and dust which will harden and clog up the machine.