|119 S Minnesota Ave
St Peter, MN 56082
|Authorized Brother® Dealer and Service Center
|KNIT & SEW’S
SYNTHETIC OIL REGIMEN
FOR YOUR KNITTING
Unlike petroleum based oils that will leave varnish like residues that become sticky and eventually
cause knitting machine problems, Knit & Sew’s recommended synthetic oil lubrication regimen will
These are the synthetic oils recommended and available from Knit & Sew’s or their distributors.
1. SYN-TEX 10 - Replaces the oil that came with your knitting machine. It’s primarily used on metal
surfaces as needle butts, needle beds, knitting carriage cams and needle latches.
2. AMSOIL SILICONE SPRAY - Is designed for primary use for plastic to metal contact as knitting
carriage plastic runners to your needle bed. Knit & Sew’s recommended alternate uses are yarn
sprays and knitted fabric softners.
3. AMSOIL MP – METAL PROTECTOR AND CLEANER - Is used primarily to clean the knitting
carriage cam base. MP does not replace the recommended lubrication of SXN-TEX 10 and must be
completely dried before new lubrication of SYN-TEX 10 is app1ied.
4. SYN-TEX SLIDE GREASE - This new synthetic grease is recommended to lubricate the ribber
slide brackets and bracket locks. This white grease is also used in the internal working of the Garter
5. SYN-TEX KG - A new heavier based synthetic oil is recommended to lubricate the Garter Carriage
yarn changer plates (the black metal moving plates just behind the yarn feeder) and used on the G-
Needle latches and other places that heavier lubrication is desired.
ASK YOUR DEALER TO GET KNIT & SEW’S SYNTHETIC OIL REGIMEN PRODUCTS!
COMMENTS: Use of Knit & Sew’s Recommended synthetic oils will reduce the blackness that comes
off the needle bed from excess lubrication because only smaller amounts of synthetics that last
longer are needed to get the slick and easy movements needed for your knitting machine!
1. To use Syn-Tex 10 on your needle bed put one drop between your forefinger and thumb, then
pass over the needle butts from front to rear with the thumb on one side and forefinger on the other
side across all 200 needles with the remaining oil still on the thumb. Scrape the excess onto the front
edge of the needle bed and the excess oil from the forefinger to the rear side of the needle bed
where the carriage plastic runners of the carriage will mate with this oil. Syn-Tex 10 is long lasting
and recommended use is once per garment. Using synthetics with less oil on the needle bed can also
reduce the amount of blackness often created on the machine bed that might come off onto your
knitted pieces. Syn-TeX 10 is also used on your K-carriage cam lever after cleaning with M.P.
cleaner. Always wipe off any excess oils from cam levers or on the needle bed or needle latches.
2. For use of Amsoil Silicone Spray, spray the plastic runner on the base of the K-carriage both front
and rear, also use the silicone spray on the G-carriage plastic foot. Note that the spray dries very
fast and will only adhere to non-metal surfaces. By making contact with a lubricated metal surface it
becomes extra slippery. When moving your carriage from side to side it gives the carriage new
freedom of movement to experience less drag, and most of all this combination will result in less
blackness than previously occurred with petroleum based lubricants.
Amsoil Silicones also works great as a yarn spray on cones for smoother yarn feeding and knitted
fabrics can be softened after knitting is completed. Our tests show that abrasion from knits of wool or
acrylics can be reduced by spraying the area of the garment that seems to irritate at necklines or
other places; let it dry before wearing. Washing will not take out the new siliconed softness.
3. Amsoi1 M.P. metal protector and cleaner is not meant to be the lubricating factor for the knitting
machine but an excellent cleaning agent that will leave a small amount of synthetic lubricant residue
after the cleaning propellant dries. K-carriage cleaning of cams and levers can be accomplished by
placing an absorbent paper toweling on your table and holding the K-carriage in a vertical upright
position. Spray the M.P. directly at the levers and cams letting the excess spray drip or fall onto your
absorbent towel. Move the cam buttons to move the levers while they are still wet with the M.P.
several times to help remove the old varnishes left from the petroleum oils that came with the
machine. When you are satisfied that the cam levers are working well then wipe off the excess oils
and allow the K-carriage to become completely dry before lubrication of the cam levers with Syn-Tex
10 or the spraying of the silicone on the plastic running feet. Compressed air may be used in drying
the levers. The above cleaning method may have to be repeated several times with carriages that
are extremely slow to react. Amsoil M.P. is also good to clean needle latches by just placing toweling
under the needles in position and spraying directly at the latch joint with your towel under. Move the
towel to touch the bottom side of the needle to catch the excess spray and oil. M.P. oil residue is
sufficient for lubrication of the needle latches. Amsoil M.P. sprayed onto absorbent toweling is also
excellent to clean off ribber slide brackets and your knitting machine case.
4. Use Syn-Tex Slide Grease especially on the KR-Ribber slide brackets. Remove the ribber slide
brackets from the ribber clean off the old sticky grease with M.P. cleaner applied to toweling and rub
off the old grease. Then apply just a thin coat of slide grease with your finger to both surfaces on the
ribber bed and the brackets. Then re-install the brackets to the ribber bed and it should allow the
ribber to be moved up or down with greater ease. Brackets should be inspected and/or corrected to
square before they are re-installed.
5. Syn-Tex KG is ten times heavier than Syn-Tex 10 and is especially used on the KG-garter
carriage. Syn-Tex KG is easily applied to the garter carriage needle change plate area by using a
special long snout pull out oiler tube that can reach hard to get at places as the yarn changer plates.
The area to receive the Syn-Tex KG oil is the diagonal slit at each side of the yarn feeder guide. You’
ll see the yarn feeder move up and do and sideways when the G-carriage is running. Stop the G-
carriage and lube the right side as the yarn feeder is now probably at the left side. To change the
yarn feeder position pull the wall plug while the G-carriage is running and the yarn feeder should stop
on the opposite side. If it does not, then repeat the unplugging process until it does. Then oil the
opposite side with the Syn-Tex KG oil. Also use this oil for the KG latch needle. Check to see that the
needle latch springs up from both fully closed or the open position.