Using my Hague Linker
Having recently bought a used Hague Linker I was a little worried about where and how to start, the instruction manual was a photocopied piece of paper giving very little info so I was unsure what to do, with a little trial and error I managed to set it up and thread the yarn correctly, you can see from the pic on the right how the yarn is threaded, bit fiddly but it works a treat.
Find Hague Linker instruction manuals here
The pic on the left shows a close up of how I threaded the yarn, the hardest part was pushing the thread through the eye of the needle, make sure when doing this the needle is at the furthest point away from the small bed needles it will stop the needle getting bent and make it easier to thread.
Remember to wind large needle away from needle bed before threading
OK now I was getting organised all going really well, using the top I made when testing the lace weight yarn on the Knitmaster Knitting Machine I decided to join it on the linker rather than by hand. This is when you need to take your time and go steady, no rushing as it will only make things harder.
Once I had threaded the yarn and checked the tension using the small white screw to adjust . I then placed one side of the top on the linker needle bed as shown in the pic 🙂 (remember the join is on the inside of the garment) After you have placed first side on and you are happy then place the other side of the top on the linker needle bed making sure to line the stitches up this is important as the more care you take the better the join and finish.
After I had put both sides onto the linker bed needles I rotated the needle bed to within 4 or 5 empty bed needles of the main linking needle (the large one) this ensures a good join. Now I started rotating the handle which moves the large needle in and out to make the join with the threaded yarn.
(hope that makes sense lol)
The join was now happening it is really quiet exciting the first time, especially as you realise how much of a time saver it is.
Make sure you keep turning handle so you go past the end of the last joining stitch by approx 4-5 stitches this will ensure a tidy finish . Enabling you to remove and cut the thread from the machine without damaging the join.
After cutting thread You can now remove the garment from the needle bed, if all goes as planned you should now have two joined sides, tidy up the two ends and make sure the join is fastened at ends 🙂
Some important points to note, the needle bed will only rotate in one direction , however the handle which controls the large needle will turn either way. Remember never force anything and always use the handle to control the large needle and store with the large needle as far away from the needle bed as possible to avoid damage to both large needle and the needle bed.
I do hope this post helps a little, I welcome your comments
If you need a manual for the Hague D10 linker click here for the PDF version of manual
Hague Linker is am amazing machine – well worth the investment