Brother Profile 585 is a 8 push button machine with a pattern center. Read more about this model in my previous post.
Here is a brief overview of the setup prepared for Georgia with its pros and cons.
The machine was cleaned, the pattern center was checked for all functions. All needles were inspected, cleaned and tested (when knitting on a full bed). The carriage functions were tested manually (I moved all knobs and levers) and in work while knitting hold, tuck-, slip- and stockinette stitches. Lace carriage and lace knitting were not tested. However, the lace carriage for KH585 is very simple and I do not anticipate any problems with it.
The machine comes with all major assesories. All of them are in excellent shape (especially the cast on combs). A typical setup for Brother Profile 585 usually has only one cast one comb but this machine came with two – a long and a short one. They are metal and heavy on their own – excellent for cast on without any additional weights.
The handle (that screw onto the main and lace carriages) are from another setup. So, the color mismatches a bit the main blue color of the machine and other assesories. Because I had to borrow a handle from another setup, the lace carriage will not have a separate handle. (read more on that below)
The minor assesories that are NOT included are:
- Parafin wax
- Assesories kit (it is simple a plastic cover for transfer tools and spare needles)
- Oil bottle (it was yellow and old and I discarded it). A gun oil from Amazon is recommended to use
- Cast-on thread: I typically use any silky thin yarn/thread.
- Only a handle for the main carriage is included. The handles are interchangible with the main carriage and the lace carriage. I could only find one handle to supply with this machine. If I come across another one, I will ship it for free. However, lace carriages are used quite seldom by beginners… So, I hope by the time you decide to try lace carriage, I will find an additional handle. Regardless, the lace carriage can be moved by hand without a handle: there are less moving parts and it simply slides on the main bed while transferring the stitches. Also, lace carriage is used for 1-2 rows in a pattern and then the main carriage is used.
- Plastic case for spare needles
- The hard copy of the manual is also not includd but can be found online. I strongly recommend folloiwng the manual while setting up and testing and learinig how to use this machine. It is written very well. The manual has some simple patterns. For more complex and diverse patterns check out this brochure.
This machine worked great as you can see in my video. I had no major problems with it. Some minor potential problems are:
- An auxiliary rail on the left-hand side is missing. These are needed to secure extension rails when knitting with lace carriage. So, you will simply need to keep your lace carriage on the right hand side. I am currently looking for sources where – to get the missing one. When I find it, I will ship it for free. It will only inconvenience the operator while knitting lace.
Some buttons need a bit firmer pressing than others (in the video it is sometimes button #5). But with firm pressing the button remain in their pushed-in position.
Some snags occurring during the video demo were because of some knots in the yarn – it was an old cone I inherited with one of the machine knitting machine lots.
The tension dial on the main carriage has a piece broken off. The dial still rotates well without any problems. The damage is simply cosmetic.
The lace carriage is missing the name tag: you can see the glue is still on it but there is no name.
The case has minor scratches, discoloration, and dents. None affect how the lid closes and/or stores the machine.
Overall, this machine is in great shape and should knit without problems.