With hand knits you cast off then fringe. I don't know if it's the same with your machine. It's cool you can make your own gifts and that you have a deal going with the thrift shop people! Hang in there, before you know it you'll be teaching someone else how to do what you figure out.
Cheating is an option. . . . Cheaters never win and winners never cheat, but smart knitters who want to retain an iota of sanity do, cheerfully. ~~Kory Stamper