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.
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?