Recently I've had a couple of inquiries concerning what to do about the awful static that can attack our machines this time of year. I know I've listed some remedies before, but it bears repeating.
I usually do contract this dreaded static disease right about now when my furnace is going full blast and the house is dry. I have to employ most of the tactics listed below---- all at the same time---- to get it under control. My craft room is carpeted so I think that makes the situation worse.
1. Buy a humidifier and keep it running in your craft room.
2. Put 2-3 small magnets (mine are disks about 1" in diameter) on the mast. Keep them attached with a clothes pin if necessary. I contacted Sean at Knit and Sew World to make sure this wouldn't negatively affect the electronics and he said it was a safe thing to do because the mast is far enough away from the electronic part of the machine,
3. Oil the machine bed, needles, rail and underside of the carriage with a fine layer using a paint brush. Not too much, tho.
4. Put your yarn in the freezer overnight. If you can plan ahead, that is.
5. If you still have some Lori Lyn yarn spray, use that. If not, Distinctive Knits has a new brand to purchase to help eliminate static and make the yarn slide through more smoothly. I spray the cone several times during a project.
6. There is a commercial anti static spray you can purchase. I can't remember the name now. Spray your yarn (if you don't have the stuff in #5) and spray a cloth to wipe over the needle bed. Or use dryer sheets.
7. Purchase an anti-static mat (try an office supply place), cut it up so the yarn can sit on one piece and you can put your feet on the other.
9. Lather up your hands with lotion every 15 minutes of knitting.
10. Try copper grounding wire. I bought some, but I didn't notice it helping. Could have had it attached wrong. Maybe you or someone who understands what is happening could help.
11. LIGHTLY mist the floor with a spray bottle mixture of one part fabric softener or hair conditioner to 20 parts water. Shake well.
12. Purchase and wear one of those anti static bracelets used by computer repair people.
This is all I can come up with right now. Hopefully some of these tips will help you. I know how frustrating it can be. First you can't believe it's happening, could my machine be broken????, then it gets worse, everything comes to a halt and then you search for answers. If you have some suggestions that worked for you and I haven't mentioned, please let me know.