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Amy Lou
« on: March 04, 2004 06:56:49 AM »

I need any and all advice if anyone has one. I got a bulky machine and I can't find an excellent source for beginners projects.  thanks amylou Grin
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« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2004 10:12:54 AM »

Okay...I've heard of sewing machines but I've never heard of a knitting machine.  Personally, I'd probably just like to knit by hand but whatever floats your boat.  Sry no suggestions but good luck.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2004 07:58:28 AM »

A knitting machine?  Isn't that a tool of the devil? Shocked
....For some reason in America there seems to be a weird lack of true knowledge about what knitting machines are and what they can do.
Other countries with strong knitting cultures are quite familiar with them and use them often.
I think they are amazing and am actually in the process of buying my first one.
For those who have no clue, a knitting machine was first explained to me as a kinda mix of weaving and hand knitting.
All you knit crazy gals should definitly explore the possibilites of the knitting machine - open your minds and the creativity will follow!
Good luck with your new machine Amy Lou!
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2004 08:46:43 AM »

Sorry, I don't have a knitting machine, so I can't help with your original question, but I have a question of my own, if you don't mind me asking in this thread. I'm kind of interested in knitting machines, I'm wondering how much they cost, if it would be a major investment? Also, how hard are they to use (obviously its a bit tricky, since you're asking)? And when you say bulky, how big is the machine (bigger than a sewing machine)?
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Amy Lou
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2004 06:34:59 PM »

HI! well I on my way to  cracking the bulky code...it's really not that hard but it would be great if you could take a class.  The machines themselves are long and flat with crochet hook like needles that grab the yarn...the bulky has 114 and the normal one has 200.  If you are interested in researching a machine they have a nice description of the machine types.  
http://www.yarn-store.com/knitting-machines.html...they really are awesome.  I made a poncho just tonight for a friend in cashmere.  if you have any more questions or if you want my teachers email just write.  amylou Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: March 13, 2004 04:56:03 PM »

I really want one! But my mom won't pay $150 for the Ultimate Sweater MAchine. I will have to look on ebay
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« Reply #6 on: March 13, 2004 05:06:07 PM »

my mom just made blankets with hers. i am gonna get her to teach me how to use it.
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« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2004 02:33:34 PM »

I just bought the ultimate sweater machine on ebay for $80.  Not the greatest deal, I know, but I'm super impatient and didn't want to wait for better.  And it came with an extra extension too.  The guy sent it out on Friday, and I cannot wait till it gets here.  I'll be sure to give updates on my learning.  I know what yarn I'll use on it first.  I bought a cone of yarn from ebay about a year ago to use to crochet a throw for the couch, but it's meant for weaving or a kitting machine, so it has some kind of coating on it that's meant to make it go more smoothly through machines, but that makes working with it by hand a huge pain.  I'm hoping to be able use the new knitting machine to knit a throw for the couch instead.   Smiley
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« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2004 09:57:50 PM »

Hi,
I've also got a bulky machine as well as a ribber attachment. I haven't done too much on it yet, but I recommend seeing if you can get the Bible for  Machine Knitting books. This is an out of print set of two books. One is the Guide to Knitting Techniques, which has lots of info on different stitches, increasing, decreasing, etc. The other book in the set is How to Make Garments. It has some basic sweaters and teaches you some pattern variations as well. Like I said, these books are out of print, but you can check for them on Ebay or get them through Abe's Used Books ( www.abebooks.com ). Hope this helped.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2004 05:21:05 PM »

 It came yesterday afternoon, I've been playing with it since then.

Things I've learned:  

There is a difference between the Incredible Sweater Machine and The Ultimate Sweater Machine.  I bought the Incredible Sweater Machine, which is the older version.  It's got a wire guide that's a pretty big pain.  It was bent when it came here and took a lot of fiddling to get it back where it should be.  There is an upgrade that you can get for about $40 that'll make it just like the Ultimate, which I'll probably do, making my eBay find no deal at all, lol.

The video makes it look easier than it is.  Not that it's hard, but when you have normal beginner problems with it, it's pretty frustrating not to be doing just like on the video.

The weighting is important and helps the stitches to form correctly.  Be sure to use the side weights that are included.

Chenille is probably not the best yarn to start out with.

I think these shouldn't be called knitting "machines" as much as they should be called "hook knitters" or something.  They're not just some kind of push a button kind of thing, and have just as much, um, "handcrafting" as most of the other crafts I do.  Just faster!   Grin

Also, just for interest, this is an article about a project Bond is supporting in Rwanda to establish careers for refugees working with knitting machines.  http://www.fiberandcraft.org/scarves_peace.html  The scarves are really beautiful and awesome looking.
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