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Old 7th Dec 2018, 8:41 pm   #1
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Default Cord braiding machine

Hi everyone

Saw this tonight in the toy store smyths. Might be good for making braided cables on a restoration project??

Cheers. Mike
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 12:00 pm   #2
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Curiosity got the better of me so had to check how it works on youtube . Comes up under cool maker.
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Old 8th Dec 2018, 12:51 pm   #3
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Coool!
Santa, I want one. Seems to be a 30 item, Argos have then and on the ebay. Refilling kits extra.
Used to bobbin knit when I was a kid.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 5:39 pm   #4
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You can use an empty cotton reel with four panel pins...
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 5:47 pm   #5
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Yes but it takes ages and you generally use just one thread (you can use four, as many as the panel pins). I take it that the reels on this machine do their Maypole-like dance around the centre? I'm thinking you may be able to use more exotic threads, like Nomex, to make up braided cables!
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I also wonder how well the cotton-reel technique works with modern plastic cotton reels - i.e. how well the panel pins stay in place.
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 9:48 pm   #7
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My late nan called this french knitting and I remember as a wee boy back in the 1960s being shown how it was done with a wooden cotton reel and 4 pins.



If you google "french knitting" there is a mass of stuff including various machines.


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If you used as low a number of reels as possible (3?) of fine thread, maybe it could be used to make cotton covered enamel copper wire for wave winding.

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Old 14th Dec 2018, 10:59 am   #9
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Would this be any cheaper than just purchasing Vintage Braided Cable on ebay etc?
which is about 2.30 per metre, cheapest I've seen it.
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