• getting started,  machine knitting

    Setting Up Your Machine – Check the sponge bar

    Many of the domestic knitting machines contain a needle retaining bar also known as a sponge bar or sponge-bar. Passaps, Superbas, some plastic bed machines and some really old machines do not have a sponge bar. Check if your machine has one. The sponge bar is a long metal metal bar that contains a strip of foam that holds down the needles. The needles will not knit properly without a sponge-bar in good condition. The manuals do not seem to mention anything about the sponge-bar.  The sponge-bar on a Japanese metal bed knitting machine is found in a channel near the front of the machine.  You need to pull or…

  • getting started,  machine knitting

    Setting up Your Machine – First get your Operation Manual

    Hopefully your knitting machine has arrived, and your knitting table has been set up.  You are now ready to start setting up your machine. Get Your Manual Your machine will usually come with its operating manual or user guide.  This manual is absolutely necessary to understand how to set-up and operate your machine.  If your machine did not come with a manual, then I strongly suggest that you try and find a second-hand one if possible.  Ask in the facebook groups or set-up an alert on Ebay. Alternatively, you can download pdf formats of most manuals at www.machineknittingetc.com.  You should be to take the file to a local printers and…

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    Which Knitting Machine shall I get?

    If you do a search on the Internet for Knitting Machines, you will find a vast array of different types and prices that you can buy on the second-hand market.  For a beginner, new to machine knitting, this can be very overwhelming and confusing.  It It can be difficult to decide which knitting machine to buy as the answer is not simple.  No one machine can do everything so it might be a better question to decide which one to buy first.  And as a beginner, unless you know exactly what you want to knit, this should be one that is easy to use and has easily available spares, tools…

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    What do I need to start Machine Knitting?

    As with all craft hobbies there is a range of tools and accessories that will help you as you learn to machine knit. Buying everything does cost money but if you take your time, you may well be lucky enough to find good second-hand bargains that will ensure that you can continue to knit on a budget. Overall you may need to spend money on table/space, machine, tools, accessories, spares, maintenance, yarn, patterns and learning resources. I will give more details about each of these areas in later posts. Knitting Machine: Unless you have inherited one, then you will have to buy your machine. Carefully consider which machine is right…

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    Should I learn Machine Knitting?

    This was the question I asked myself a couple of years ago and you may be asking yourself the same question. I had a list of reasons why I wanted to learn to machine knit and how it would be of value to me, but I also had some concerns mainly relating to Affordability and Difficulty.

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    Is Machine Knitting Difficult to Learn?

    Yes and No.  Actually, the knitting part is not so difficult since you are just moving the carriage compared to hand knitting where you are making the stitches.  However, the difficulty comes in getting your machine to work properly every time it is used. As a beginner you must expect to make many mistakes.  Some will be of your own making, as you forget to turn a knob or move a lever.  Others will due to something going wrong with the yarn or the machine.   Experience is needed to sort these problems out but you can get help on the Internet.   Join the FaceBook Machine Knitters Beginners Circle or one…

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    2019: A good time to learn Machine Knitting

    Hi, I am Carol land I live with my cat Jenson in the Forest of Dean, UK. Finding myself with time on my hand and needing a challenge, I decided to learn the old art of Machine Knitting. I have been researching into machine knitting to see if I can do this new hobby on budget. I am recording my progress, good and bad, in this blog. I am also including useful information and resources for my own reference and hopefully for other new knitters. I sometimes hand-knit or crochet in the evening, but find it takes a long time and can get boring. I need something a bit more…