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Ceilknit Posted - 05/30/2012 : 9:10:28 PM
I am new here. I've had the USM for a year (have loved and hated it) and am ready for a 2nd better machine. The MK standard gauge is way too tiny for my eyes. I knit mostly sport and a little heavier yarns. And I do like hand manipulating stitches, not interested in electronic (not yet anyway).

I've checked out LK150 and used LK140, and recently a Brother KX350. It seems that tension dial (rather than keyplates) could make the difference between 6.5 and 7 insignificant.

Opinions re 6.5 versus 7 mm would be appreciated.
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Ceilknit Posted - 06/05/2012 : 8:43:01 PM
Thanks Bernie and Shirley. It is good to understand that the results can be identical. Shirley's point about tools led me to see that the 350 was/is the only 7 mm. Prices really vary on eBay and on yahoo (for sale KM) sites so a 350 would have to include tools.

Luckily I have bond and hand knit projects to finish as I search for another machine. Thanks again
phlame Posted - 06/02/2012 : 10:32:19 AM
I have a 7mm machine and believe me, it is much easier to get tools for the 6.5mm machine, I think.

Shirley, Dana Point, CA

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Bernie Posted - 05/31/2012 : 03:40:23 AM
Hi: It would be very hard to see the difference between the 6.5 & 7mm machines. the difference is in the spacing of the needles, but use the same yarns and results are identical. I've had both machines and would recommend them highly.

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