Which is the best knitting machine?

Question: "Which is the best knitting machine?"

Answer: The one you have!
It's a known fact that, machine knitters tend to collect machines. I'm no different! I started with a Brother 970, ribber and g-carriage. It's still one of my favorites. I soon decided that I wanted to use hand knitting yarn, so I invested in a Brother Bulky machine and ribber.

At one point, I moved away from my machines and was having withdrawal pains. I picked up a used Singer. I've since been re-united with my machines and have acquired a couple more ...

The lesson learned is each machine has it's own "personality" and pros and cons. I won't say one brand, model or gauge is better than the other.

Some things to consider if you are thinking of acquiring another machine:
  • It's nice to have choices in yarns. Having more than one gauge machine is fun!
  • Sometimes you want to work lace (only standard machines have lace carriages).
  • Manual patterning verses Punchcard verses Electronic.
  • Ribber or not.
  • Portability
If you are new or just returning to machine knitting, the best advice is to put all but one machine away. When you can sit down and knit a sweater (not just swatches) without pulling out the manual, it might be time to try a different gauge or brand of machine.

At Knit it Now, we try to keep our tutorials "generic". We will say "set your carriage to hold position". It's up to you to KNOW what buttons or levers to set on your machine.

It's really sad if you are spending more of your precious knitting time struggling or cleaning your machine(s) than you are knitting .... and isn't that why you started on this journey in the first place?
Posted by Sue Jalowiec on 02/16/2015 at 4:19 PM | Categories: Machine Knitting Tools and Accessories - General Info -

4 Comments

Diana

Diana wrote on 02/17/15 11:09 AM

Indeed. I've been collecting them since 1975. My first machine was a Knitking 830. Over the years, I've collected just about everything there is (was) available...from manual, to electronic, from Brother, Studio, Toyota and Juki to Singer and Passaps - with the exception of a mid-gauge! All of them work. Too bad I can't make them all work at the same time. ;-)
Lynda Morse

Lynda Morse wrote on 02/17/15 11:57 AM

I have been using machines over the past 40 years, on and off and have acquired nine machines. Each one is different! I even have my mothers knitmaster which is so different to any others and is over 40 years old! My favourite in the Brother Chunky. I would love a passap machine eventually! But I will see how my life goes now that I am retired!
Meg

Meg wrote on 02/21/15 12:08 PM

I am up to five machines now, three of which are Toyota 901/950s - my lace and sock monsters, a Brother 910 for the fine lace option and the AYAB Hack - not mastered yet, and a Singer 155/Elna 2350 mismatch bulky combo. Only room for three to be set up at a time. Advise to a new MKer would be to get a bulky or mid gauge machine first. I struggled for months with my 901; then I got my 155 and it was sooo much easier to work with.
Vera

Vera wrote on 08/30/15 1:56 PM

Best knitting machine? I would say Passap. I started my collection with Brother electronic 910 which has been hard to understand for me at the beginning. As I am more mechanic than knitter I love to play with the machines and rescue them whenever I can. This way I accumulated a collection of Singer-Studio punch card standard with the ribber I love and can even knit on. I also got and old Jones (Brother) which is push button crank shift contraption that knits great lace. But the best machine (Rolls Royce of them) is definitely Passap E6000 double bed electronic computerized machine capable of knitting 700 patterns from the memory. It is my favorite machine. I should not forget Studio 155 bulky with the ribber which is the "must have" Happy knitting. Vera

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