Here's the Brother electronic, model KH 900, with it's ribber, the KR 900. I had mentioned to y'all that I had never seen one of these before. John was really getting into this by the time we started on this machine, and he removed and soaked all the needles, took the carriage all apart and unstuck the middle button, and made a repair to the upper tension unit, as well.
John is fascinated with how the machines work. I can understand that, but I'm not one of those folks who loves to clean and adjust my machine. I want to knit! And knit some more! So, to testing the machines after John has them humming is just my cup of tea.
There's a door here with some electronic contacts, for a PPD.
I believe this model was not originally sold with a lace carriage; if you wanted one, you had to purchase it separately. I tried the one from a Brother electronic. Some lace patterns knitted fine, but one miss-patterned in a certain spot. The main carriage didn't miss-pattern that lace chart. Hmm. So maybe these machines are pickier about which lace carriage that I expected. My girlfriend has a spare lace carriage from an earlier electronic that I'm going to try with this machine.
We put the ribber on, and it wasn't working well at all. After puzzling over it, I realized that the ribber brackets - those little gizmos that you install on each end of the main bed, and from which you hang the ribber - had been installed incorrectly, back under the front edge instead of butted up against the front edge. We hadn't looked at those, just left them where they were when we got it. That made the ribber ride too low and too far back, just enough to cause trouble. John and I moved those, and had instant success with the ribber. I'm curious how this ribber differs from the KR 850. I notice it does have "lili" buttons.
One of the things John and I talked about as we fiddled with this machine was its possible age. He thinks perhaps the 900 model was not necessarily before the 910, but was a less-expensive option or something while several other, fancier electronic models were also being sold. I really have no idea. I was a dealer when the 910 came out, and I thought it was a great innovation. At the time, the new technology was very exciting. This was the time when the garter carriage came out. I was certainly paying attention to each new product! When the 930 came out, I truly was in love with that model. I had that machine when I sold my shop, kept it, and it was my one-and-only for years. I moved up to a 965i and a 970, but truthfully, my 930 was just a sweet machine, and I kind of miss it.