Had my Kitchenaid a couple of years now, but only ever make bread in it (about 3 times a week). Oh, and I use it for whipping up cream. Want to make a fab sponge cake but my beater doesn't reach to bottom of the bowl - how do I adjust the height of the mechanism? Thank you, in advance, for your help Ladies.
I'm not sure if you have the same kind as I do, so I hope this helps. I have the Professional series one that doesn't have a tilting head, but has the bowl that lifts up to the mixer. If the bowl is down, there is a screw on the mixer above and behind the bowl. Take a screwdriver and turn that screw up or down to adjust the height. It doesn't take much of a turn to adjust it to where you need it. It will only go 90 degrees in either direction. Use the flat attachment to see if it is in the right place, because if the wire whip hits the bottom or sides of the bowl, it could lose the coating.
You NEVER want any of the attachments to reach the bottom of the bowl. You want them to be just above the bottom. If they hit the bottom, it won't take too long before you're in the market for a new attachment or bowl or both.
KA's are great, and I love mine. I got it for bread, like you, but they're not the best when it comes to mixing small quantities of things. That is best left to a cheap hand mixer.