I am TOTALLY new to machine knitting, as I am a long time hand knitter. A friend has spiked my interested and I have been doing a little research on the different brands. I went to a local shop who sells Silver Reed Machines and thought it was great....they told me it was the only manufacturer out there.
However, when researching I found info on the Artisan and it sounds GREAT from the discription...but I have NEVER used any machine, so I am skeptical. The Artisan can knit ribbing and do circular knittng....it also can knit from sprot weight to light worsted.
Can anyone give me first hand experience on this machine? Thank you!
Artisan seems to be a reincarnation of the Brother. A good friend was the director of the Brother knitting school for years and still gives workkshops and seminars on machine work. She loves the Brother above all machines. So I expect the Artisan will be a good machine.
But remember that machine knitting isn't hand knitting with funny tools. It really feels different and uses different techniques. As a hand knitter by preference, I was never overfond of any machine EXCEPT the bond. It's wonky and sloppy and knits all kinds of oddball novelties and double worsted and I can actually duplicate handknit gauges. I can knit stuff by hand and knit boring parts on the machine and I still feel like I'm doing it all.
So it's something to think about. Check some stores that sell both and see about trying the different kinds of machine.