SK155 or SK860 Sponge Bar for Studio, Silver Reed, Singer bulky knitting machines
This sponge bar fits the following Bulky knitting machines: SK150, SK155, SR155 bulky ribber, SK860 Mid-gauge
This Sponge Bar (also known as a needle retainer bar) fits Silver Reed, Singer, Studio 9.0 mm bulky gauge knitting machines as well as the SK-860 mid-gauge knitting machine.
This sponge bar (or needle retainer bar) is manufactured by Silver Reed. The sponge bar is made from improved sponge and pushes down firmly on the needles and prevents them from jumping up and causing snags and damaged yarn. They will last longer and your knitting will be less problematic. If you are continually having a problem with your knitting, even if you are using different yarns and you haven't replaced the sponge bar in the last two to three years, it is probably a good time to replace it.
If you prefer to replace the plastic retaining bar in the ribber to prevent needles slipping down after you have selected them, you can use this needle retainer bar in the ribber as well. Dimensions: 110 cm tip to tip and 1 cm wide from outside edge to outside edge of metal.
If you are not sure which sponge bar to buy, use this guide. Measure the original sponge bar and compare your measurements to this table.
Tip to Tip Length cm
Outside Width of Metal mm
Brother 4.5 punch card
Brother 9.0 Main Bed Punch Card
Brother 9.0 Ribber Bed
Artisan 70D/Silver Bulky
Artisan 245: Silver 4.5mm
SK-155 Bulky and SK-860 Silver/Singer
Note: You can choose a sponge bar that is longer than the original, however, you must choose a sponge bar with the same outside width of the metal part or it won't go into your machine. Do not choose a sponge bar that is shorter than the original.