Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-10-2007, 01:07 PM   #1
VictoiseC
Instepping Out
 
VictoiseC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Manhattan / Catskills that's cats kills!
Posts: 2,402
Thanks: 25
Thanked 83 Times in 74 Posts
KNITTING MACHINE? Does anyone have one?
Sometimes I think I'd like to try one because it would be super fast. I wonder how easy they are exactly seeing that my sewing machine still is intimidating to me.

Just wondering if anyone has one?
__________________
v.i.c.t.o.i.s.e.




VictoiseC is offline   Reply With Quote

 

This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 08-10-2007, 07:39 PM   #2
aineepooh1
Working the Gusset
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: down yonder in the South
Posts: 1,572
Thanks: 5
Thanked 58 Times in 54 Posts
Idon't have one.. but I have looked at it several times at HL.. and I have been told by one ( that has one) that it knits super quick~!
__________________
2 Knit or 2 Crochet~~ I am torn between 2 lovers !
aineepooh1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2007, 09:05 PM   #3
jeanius80
Instepping Out
 
jeanius80's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: spanaway washington
Posts: 2,623
Thanks: 758
Thanked 402 Times in 347 Posts
i was curious about getting a sock machine ... i thought it would be great for all the multi colored yarns that would get lost in a pattern...
__________________
my blog
(<--destashing on ravelry)
on my needles - socks!!, hat, SOTSii, bday dress for dd on my hook- one big granny square baby blanket
jeanius80 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2007, 09:12 PM   #4
nannaknits
Knitting the Flap
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Murrieta, CA
Posts: 371
Thanks: 157
Thanked 288 Times in 188 Posts
I have several knitting machines. The reason I have several is because a knitting machine comes in different sizes for the different kinds of yarn you want to knit with. I have 2 standards, one of them is electronic and the other is a punch card, I also have a bulky machine for the heavier yarns. The sizing has to do with how far apart the needles are on the bed. Knitting with a machine will be easier if you have lessons. There are only a couple of companies that still sell knitting machines, most others have been discontinued such as the Brother machines. So more than likely you will need a private teacher. My Brother machines were made in Japan, the manual was originally written in Japanese. The translation to English sometimes is not very clear. You would have to determine what kind of garments you want to knit, what kind of yarn you will be using and do you need punch card or an electronic. The electronic offers more stitch pattern choices. And then there is the decision do you need a garter carriage for doing ribbing, or do you want another needle bed that attaches to the main machine for ribbing. The machine takes up a lot of room, and it is very noisy to operate. So watching TV while knitting is a little difficult. The Knitting Guild Association. or TKGA offers a correspondence course for knitting machines. You might want to check out their website. There is a real good article on there about purchasing a machine.
nannaknits is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 08-10-2007, 09:44 PM   #5
Silver
Instepping Out
 
Silver's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Orange Park, FL
Posts: 3,949
Thanks: 854
Thanked 669 Times in 351 Posts
I have a knitting machine, but never use it. I have used it about 3 times long, long ago, but haven't touched it since. It's a shame, but I must confess I do not like machine knitting.

It takes away everything about hand knitting that I like. :(
__________________
~Kristin

Silver's Sock Classes
Shop: On The Town Knitting Bags, hand made elegant small project bags.
My Blog, Write | KBelle on Ravelry | ComeToSilver on Plurk | Puppies, Jinx & Hex Photos & Videos
Silver is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 12:36 AM   #6
thedogsarehome
Casting On
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Dallas
Posts: 19
Thanks: 3
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
A few minutes ago, I posted a similar question, and then scrolled down and saw your post! So, I think that my question is answered. If you get any additional info, I'd love to see it. It sounds so complicated, I'm not as intrigued as I was....
thedogsarehome is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 08:16 AM   #7
VictoiseC
Instepping Out
 
VictoiseC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Manhattan / Catskills that's cats kills!
Posts: 2,402
Thanks: 25
Thanked 83 Times in 74 Posts
Yes! It does sound complicated alright. Silver, you sound like me... you used it a few times and that was that. (I still haven't got real friendly with my sewing machine that I bought 2 years ago).

I wouldn't like the noise I know that. And I think I probably like the knitting process better. Nannaknits (your 2nd post I see!) thanks for all the info. I didn't know about the punch card/electronic types at all.
I did see some machines at a small, really fine yarn store in Kingston, NY.

I guess I was thinking about making sweaters quicker and for sale. I"ll check out the knitting guild article. There was a great article in one of the magazines about Karen Allen and her weaving machines. I'll bet that's a little more aesthetic (is that the word?) Maybe my hands were just getting tired working with this thick Lamb's Pride.... thanks again
__________________
v.i.c.t.o.i.s.e.




VictoiseC is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-11-2007, 10:00 PM   #8
Chel
Turning the Heel
 
Chel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Maryland USA
Posts: 827
Thanks: 88
Thanked 119 Times in 67 Posts
I purchased The Ultimate Sweater Machine at A.C. Moores. I ended up returning it.

My goal in buying it was to make easy large stockinette squares fro baby blankets and stuff. I had no plans on doing anything complicated-just squares. Well good luck. I worked and worked and could not get it to do a simple square. It dropped stitches all along the edges and if my movement across wasn't perfectly smooth it dropped stitches in the middle too.

IMO it was absolutely was NOT worth the $ and I was never so happy as yo get rid of the darn thing.
__________________
*~Chel~*

OTN: Jaywalkers (hibernating), Webs Scarf
KnitInNature
Chel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-13-2007, 03:47 PM   #9
VictoiseC
Instepping Out
 
VictoiseC's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Manhattan / Catskills that's cats kills!
Posts: 2,402
Thanks: 25
Thanked 83 Times in 74 Posts
Chel... I just got to reading your message. That's incredible, what a drag. Good thing you could return it.

I think I'll hold off for a while (not that I have the money anyhow right now). I have enough trouble with my sewing machine.
__________________
v.i.c.t.o.i.s.e.




VictoiseC is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Knitting machine help? krusin2 General Knitting 1 09-18-2010 06:19 PM
knitting machine vlinderkus How-to Questions 1 11-11-2008 03:15 PM
Machine Knitting Maddison General Knitting 3 09-19-2007 05:40 PM
knitting machine jberry16 How-to Questions 1 05-04-2007 04:02 PM
Knitting Machine Jackie M. General Knitting 2 08-13-2005 06:40 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:33 AM.