I've been looking around for a home machine, but so far I haven't come to the conclusion yet. The more I look around, the more confused I get. The best advice I can give you right now is to take your time and do your research. Pick a few machines that fit your priority. Then compare them one by one. Check to make sure if the machine you're going to buy will have part available in the future or will it discontinue in a short time. You may want to check out second hand machines as well.
To answer the above question you have to ask yourself these;
1. Why do you need knitting machine?
2. What gauge machine are you looking for?
3. How much are you willing to pay for it?
There are many types of knitting machines you can choose from these days. The most familiar ones are Artisan, Silver Reed, Passap, Singer, Brother and Bond Knitting Machines. Their prices are ranking from under 20 dollars to up to thousand of dollars.
There are manual machines and automatic machines available.
Here are some example of knitting machines with descriptions and prices:
CARON-The Ultimate Knitting Machine. Imagine knitting 1200 stitches a minute! With this machine you can! It is so fast you can make an adult sweater or afghan in two evenings or a child's sweater in one evening. It accepts yarns from sport to chunky. Best of all; no knitting experience is needed. This machine is compatible with hand knitting patterns as well as ultimate knitting books. Machine is capable of making cables; lace; picture knits; tuck stitch; Fair Isle and many other fancy stitches. Machine has six key-plate to match every size knitting needle from 6 to 10-1/2. Make an afghan or sweater up to 100 stitches across or you can add in some extension kits or add another Ultimate Knitting Machine for an even longer reach. A detailed instructional video is included with every machine on all basic stitches and fancy stitches. Packed in a convenient colorful carry box and weighs only 10 lb. A limited manufacturers warranty is included. Made in USA.
Price : $120 and up.$111 and up at Amazon.com Caron The Ultimate Sweater Machine
American Bond Fashion Knitter, 50 Needle Bed x 8mm
Spacing with INTARSIA Keyplate, Starter Yarn, Instruction Pattern Book,
Quick Start Guide
Designed for the beginning machine knitter who wants to do intarsia/picture knitting techniques and designs without loops (yarn overs) on the back side of the knitting..American Bond Fashion Knitter, 50 Needle Bed x 8mm Spacing with INTARSIA Keyplate,Starter Yarn, Instruction Pattern Book, Quick Start Guide
Price: $129 and up.
I enjoy knitting on the machine but I prefer knitting by hand even more. I use my sewing machine more often than I do with knitting machine. (By the way here is a good sewing machine review site you can visit. They've got the best sewing machine for you.) I can’t move around or take the knitting machine with me the way I take my knitting needle. The Bond USM is not an automatic machine and it needs a lot of hand manipulation, but it help shorten a lot the knitting time compare to the hand knit.
I used to have the machine out in the kitchen table when the girls weren't born yet, but due to limited space I have to take the machine down and now it’s lying under my bed!
I knit a pretty intrasia sweater for my mother-in-law using Bond USM and she loved it. She passed away 5 years ago and I don’t quite know what happen to the sweater.
Before deciding which machine you want to buy, you should do some researches. Don’t make a decision right away. Read reviews, ask questions, or joint the machine knitting discussion groups. This will help you what knitting machine is the right one for you.
Good luck with your finding.
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Every time when I find helpful resources and websites related to knitting machine, I will add them here. You're welcome to suggest any informative blogs or websites to add to this page.
Here are links to knitting machine sites:
I found this site to be very interesting and resourceful. The owner of this knitting machine museum website has been collecting knitting machines for over 20 years! She has just about every brand you can imagine (e.g. Brother, Passap, Toyota, Singer, Knitmaster). She talked about how each machine works and gave it a review. I think it'll be a great resource for a machine buyer to learn about each machine before buying one. It's a must visit site.www.mkdesigner.com
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