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educo's picture

Hey all!!

I'm looking to purchase a knitting machine that can make fine as well as chunky knits. Is there one available like this? I have never bought one before and I can only afford about $500.

Any advice will be appreciated!!
Thanks!!

Jean's picture

(post #29256, reply #1 of 6)

To see some of the machines available (new) today click Here .


I have both a fine gauge and a bulky gauge Brother (old). I've never worked with an intermediate machine, but I know there are very good ones out there.  I think you'll find your price limiting unless you can find  a used one in good shape. Good luck.


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educo's picture

(post #29256, reply #2 of 6)

Hi,
I have been to the website you suggested many times, and I haven't found a machine that does a range of gauges. What model brother machine do you have? If I have to spend more in order to get a machine that does fine as well as chunky knits, then I will. Are there attachments that you can purchase for machines to change the gauge?

thanks

Jean's picture

(post #29256, reply #3 of 6)

I evidently didn't make myself clear.  I have 2 brother machines, one is a standard (fine) gauge 910 and the other is a puchcard bulky. Both are 20+ years old. I thought that an intermediate machine is available (Studio by White?? guessing here) but I'm not sure how wide the yarn range is that it will handle. I don't know of any machine that will handle all yarns. Some folks have used the fine gauge for worsted weight by using every other needle, but my opinion is that it would be hard on the machine.


I've not used a Bond (or similar) machine, but I would think that would give you the most bang for your buck.


Now that knitting is coming back into favor, perhaps some brave company will get back into the business of manufacturing the machines. The problem is that cost is such a deterrent for the hobbiest.  Mine were gifts to myself back in the days when I was working, along with shelves of yarn that I was able to buy wholesale at the time. I must get back at it and use up some of my stash!! My kids will hate trying to get rid of all this stuff if I don't.  Neither of my girls are the least bit interested in learning my hobbies!


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FitnessNut's picture

(post #29256, reply #4 of 6)

I have a sixteen year old Bond, which is more of a knitting frame than a machine. It uses keyplates in four sizes to determine the size of knit stitch and everything on it is done manually. I have successfully used both chunky types of yarn and baby yarn to produce garments.

I didn't respond to your original post because most people are interested in having much of the work done automatically and therefore aren't interested in this type of machine. I have enjoyed it over the years, but note that I haven't seen one commercially in at least ten years. I wasn't aware if they were still manufactured. However, if they are, it would be an inexpensive way to get into this area. I think mine originally cost about $300 Canadian.

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designingal's picture

(post #29256, reply #5 of 6)

I have a 20 year old Studio LK140 and I still use it quite a bit.  It is a very simple machine, no ribber, no sinker posts but it will take a baby weight up to a sport weight yarn (something you would hand knit on about a size 7 needle) with no problems.  You can get an intarsia carriage for it and that can be a lot of fun. I know I have seen them still for sale but I can't recall where.  I don't know what it would cost these days, but 20 years ago mine was about $300 USD.  It's a great little hobby knitting machine.

educo's picture

(post #29256, reply #6 of 6)

i recently purchased a used Studio 303 model on ebay for $250 and I'm quite pleased with it. Thanks for all your info.