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Buying and Using a Knitting Machine

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There are many knitting machines on the market. Choosing the best one for your needs and skills will help ensure an enjoyable knitting experience. This is a guide about buying and using a knitting machine.
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June 4, 2015

Sometime back people inquired if there was a manual for #601 knitting machine. I found mine and would like to share. It is in Japanese, but has easy pictures and list of parts. Brother sewing company made it and the machine plus instructions have been stored away till recently.

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By 0 found this helpful
January 30, 2011

I have been looking at this knitting machine since I started working at Jo Ann's. I would really like to try it out, but I don't know if I want to spend that much money on something I'm not sure I would like.

Does anyone out there have one of these and if so, how do you like it? Do you have the deluxe model that includes the extension and the row counter? Are these items really important or can you do without them and still have a decent end result? Any feed back would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.

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By Barb from Brownsdale, MN

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January 30, 20110 found this helpful

http://www.yout  Machine&aq=f

Watch the videos on You Tube. If I were you I wouldn't waste my money. If you know how to knit, it is cheaper to buy knitting needles then to invest in a piece of junk.

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

MCW is right I have one and it will knit, but when you take the knitting off it will roll up into a tube. You have to sew the ends to another piece to make it lay flat. if one of the needles bend it will start to miss stitches.

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February 2, 20110 found this helpful

I found a brand new one at Salvation Army for $7.00 but haven't gotten up the nerve to try it yet. You also could try Craigslist.

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks to all that have replied to my post, moonlady , you are so lucky! I have been checking mine quite often, we have a Sherriff's youth mart and a Salvation Army thrift shop where I live, I check it often and usually end up finding something useful there even if it isn't the knitting machine! leekelly or MCW, if you still have your machine and don't want them, would one of you be willing to part with yours? I still want to try it out, I've talked to several that just love the machine and still want one. So if you want to get rid of it, here I am, please let me know! Thanks again for your feedback!

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February 3, 20110 found this helpful

In case you didn't know, machine knitting will roll up because of the nature of the knit. I know nothing about the Bond machine, but I have several low end flat bed metal knitting machines and just love them. I do mostly flat work, afghans, scarves, etc. They must be steamed flat as do all garments that come from the machines. Go on ebay and find a real cheap one and try it out. Make some yarn strips and count the rows. Keep making them till they are wide enough to sew together for an afghan. Then go on ebay and try to find a metal one. It will cost more, but really worth the money. I now have a used Brother, bulky machine with a computer memory for a few hundred patterns. I also have a standard machine. It uses fine cone yarn. I love the machines. I have made over 55 afghan in the past few years.

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December 17, 2008

I just got a Mattel knitting machine at an estate sale. I want to find cool patterns for making things with the tubes or circles that it makes. I have the general instructions, but want to know how to turn the pieces into afghans, scarves, and sweaters. Also can you make socks with it? I already tried Google and Ask but came up empty handed. Anything you have done that would help. Thanks!

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December 17, 20080 found this helpful

Hi,
Here is a link to a site that has several patterns for you to try:

http://tinyurl.com/3m35m8

or this link (same):

http://www.knit  itter/index.html

Merry Christmas and I hope this helps!

A great read: John 3: 16

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December 19, 20080 found this helpful

My mother made a beautiful afghan out of the Matell Knitting machine circles. Unfortunately I don't have it anymore as after she died in 2004, I gave it to her namesake grand daughter. Best I remember, she just sewed the circles together. My mother was very good about experimenting with her own designs and doubt that she had any instructions.

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 21, 20080 found this helpful

Thanks! I appreciate the info you have both provided. Have a blessed Christmas and New Year!

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By guest (Guest Post)
December 22, 20080 found this helpful

You tube has some wonderful videos of knitting machines
I just goggled
"mattel knitting machine" and I am still going through the google list finding new sites.

http://www.deco  g_Looms_s/12.htm

http://www.loomroom.com/

This person is spoken about a lot on sites --- even on HGTV knitter show http://www.isela.typepad.com/

https://www.kni  icles.asp?ID=157

Here are just some that I have found on google.

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Anonymous
January 4, 20090 found this helpful

All the best to you too, Pghgirl40 from Pittsburgh! Thank you and Happy New Year!

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April 9, 2009

I have a friend who is 7ft tall and wears a size 18 men's shoe. A friend has just bought a knitting machine and is happy to make some socks if I can get a pattern. Please help! Thanks.

By Spookaboo from Melbourne, Australia

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Anonymous
April 10, 20090 found this helpful

There is a lot of information about socks made on knitting machines here:
http://www.knit  com/sockspot.htm

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April 14, 20090 found this helpful

Here is a machine knit sock pattern where you input your foot measurements. And there is a lot of yahoo groups for machine knitting.
http://www.knit  ksbirkysocks.htm

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July 28, 2016

I have a Brother sweater knitting machine. Where do you buy number strips for this machine?

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March 12, 20170 found this helpful

I had one years ago, and I got mine from the same store I bought the machine at. Have you tried there? There are some on ebay and amazon.

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January 7, 2012

Does anyone own one of these? Does it produce a quality, hand made product? I've been debating about getting one of these for years and I can't decide.

Thanks.

By Mindy

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January 9, 20120 found this helpful

I have one and I love it. You should have some experience in regular knitting though. It goes real fast and I haven't completed any sweaters yet, just scarves and test pieces. The How-To video that comes with it is very helpful. It shows you everything and you can replay it as many times as you want, which I have done.

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February 18, 2011

I like to knit winter hats; I'm looking for a good not too expensive knitting machine. I've seen some plastic ones that break down after the first use. I'd like to get one without having to get a loan on my house to buy one. Can you help? Also I've only got the good use of one hand.
Thanks.

By Dave

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February 23, 20110 found this helpful

I have seen some very reasonably priced ones on boo koo yard sale sites. I have purchased from boo koo yard sales in the past and some people are willing to ship things. Visit www.bookoo.com and you can search whatever state you'd like. There might be one near enough so you don't have to have it shipped to you. I hope this helps.

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October 29, 2009

How do you use a knitting machine? Where can I purchase one?

By Rachelle from Denver, CO

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October 29, 20090 found this helpful

You can find them new or used. There are websites with lots of info on the web; just google. Some sell machines, some just blog. I'd check out yahoo.com for machine knitting. You may find one or be able to ask a lot of questions. Check their groups, visit and find one to join.

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