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zknit08
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USA
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Posted - 09/04/2012 :  12:55:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'm seriously thinking about buying a knitting machine.

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Shalee
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Posted - 09/04/2012 :  6:04:58 PM  Show Profile  Visit Shalee's Homepage Send Shalee a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I know this is terrible of me, but . . . . . flat bed with ribber or circular sock machine?

Sharon in NW PA
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ValerieG
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107 Posts

Posted - 09/06/2012 :  10:41:16 AM  Show Profile Send ValerieG a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Bwaaaaah...
Oh, Sorry, kneejerk reaction.
I love all 3 (4?) of my machines, use them all the time.
Espcially this year as I have knitter's elbow and am unable to handknit :(
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corgimom
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1 Posts

Posted - 09/07/2012 :  05:57:54 AM  Show Profile Send corgimom a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have 3 antique circular sock machines. I love them. They are portable and there are lots of folks out there to share ideas and help. There are new CSMs out there being produced in Missouri and New Zealand. The folks at Erlbacher Gearhart in Missouri are worth looking at if you want a new one. Rocking Horse Farm in Minnesota,the owner Carol is well versed in Flat Beds and CSMs and has a fantastic inventory for both machines. Good luck on your adventure.
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BlueStocking
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USA
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Posted - 11/15/2012 :  04:54:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit BlueStocking's Homepage Send BlueStocking a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am considering purchasing a flat bed knitting machine, too. I'd love to hear from anyone who has one - which one do you have, which do you think is easiest to use, all that good stuff. I've started researching but honestly, I'm pretty darn clueless about them.

Due to where I live, I also think I may have to purchase online and figure it out myself. Which is giving me pause.

Jen


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Lanea
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Posted - 11/15/2012 :  1:28:01 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have an Ultimate Sweater Machine, which is a very economical option. I've only used it to make simple stockinette pieces and then felt them. It's easy to use as long as you have something to clamp it to and you weight it properly. I think it would drive me crazy to do a lot with it because it's sort of flimsy and it's limited in what it can do. I'd be happy to let you play with it, though. I think of it as a gateway machine.

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bananaknits
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USA
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Posted - 12/18/2012 :  2:43:08 PM  Show Profile  Visit bananaknits's Homepage Send bananaknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a couple of knitting machines and love them both. But I still love to knit by hand.
My personal favorite is when somebody makes a remark like "That's cheating".
For me it's more difficult to knit on a machine than by hand. The cheating remark I don't get.
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zknit08
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USA
315 Posts

Posted - 12/26/2012 :  4:10:29 PM  Show Profile  Visit zknit08's Homepage Send zknit08 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Up to now I have not bought a knitting machine. I watched a lady do a demo on a flatbed knitting machine. There were problems with drop stitches, so you have to really watch close and be able to fix them right away. She said she can do a baby blanket in a night or two. I know it cannot replace the joy of hand knitting but it can be used to give your fingers and hands a temporary break from knitting or crocheting.

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phlame
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Posted - 12/31/2012 :  5:23:17 PM  Show Profile Send phlame a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Knitting machines are not cheating. I have three KMs and an two excellent knitting program...Design-a-Knit 8... and The Wizards...Sweater, Sock, Mitten, etc...on which I can design all kinds of things besides baby blankets. That's not all they make, you know. you can make sweaters, socks, coats, pants, hats, and on and on. In all knitting, you have to watch for dropped stitches.

Yes, knitting machines can be very complicated and also very easy, determined by what you are making. They take a lot more thought than hand knitting. Don't get me wrong, I love to hand knit too.

I get very upset when the uninformed make remarks about it being cheating.

There are some MK groups on Yahoo Groups....that would be a good place to get information about them, if you are interested.

Thanks for listening..

Shirley, Dana Point, CA

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blairisgreen@yahoo.com
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Posted - 01/02/2013 :  9:10:45 PM  Show Profile Send blairisgreen@yahoo.com a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have an Ultimate Knitting Machine from way back. I bought it from a knitting guild member about five years ago and never used it. I can send some pictures if you like. The member also gave me lots of pattern books and machine knitting related information. It has an instruction VCR tape which I can make into a DVD for you. I hope it's acceptable to say this but I was going to put it on ebay for $45. If you'd be willing to pay for postage I'd be willing to sell it for $35. It might be worth trying out.

Blair
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