Circular sock machine

Restoring the circular sock machine at Stanmer Preservation Society

At Stanmer Heritage Event 18th September 2021

I’ve posted about this, but thought a page might be nice so that I can record any more events involving this or other circular sock machines, (CSM). T he one that the Preservation Society had is an Imperia 72 needle dial machine. It also has a rib attachment that I have not used yet.

A bit of help was appreciated

The machine was in a pretty dire state. Left out in a damp shed for a year or so, it was rusty and filthy. So it had to be stripped down and cleaned before anything could be tested. The needles are not brilliant so I will look to see if I can get any new ones.

Even after reassembly there is a slight sticky point on the dial when the handle is cranked. Changing needles helped somewhat, but on after another close inspection there is a little wear on the corner of the cam which I think is the problem. Thorough oiling and use have certainly helped for a smoother action.

Although I got a heel off it the yarn is not good. Also I had problems putting needles back into work: dropped stitches being the main thing. I think I’ll try the 3 wedge next time.

I can’t get up to the Society centre again for a while. I may bring it home to work on over the colder months so it’s purring by the Spring.

It was lovely seeing the interest in the machine amongst all the visitors. The sun shone so we could work outside which attracted people over to us. Along with the machine there were two spinning wheels, a carding machine and a flax heckle, so lots to see.