Welcome to About Knitting Machines, a source of information for you about knitting machines. When I first started knitting it was by hand, and while I liked the hobby, I decided to try knitting with a machine. To my amazement, it was very difficult to find information and when I did it was piecemeal, all over the web and sometimes contradictory. So, after looking around the net for a few years and after selling and buying knitting machines I decided to put together a website with as much information about knitting machines, in ONE place, that I could find and share what I have learned.
The following pages have a lot of information about Silver Reed, Studio and Brother/KnitKing Knitting Machines as those are the ones I am most familiar with. While Brother/KnitKing Knitting Machines are no longer being produced, Silver Reed Machines are, but not all models.
If you are interested in purchasing a knitting machine, I would encourage you to read about the different models first, understand what you are purchasing and then read the tutorial on what questions to ask.
As I stated before, Brother/KnitKing Knitting Machines are no longer made but you can still buy them in either excellent or new (rare) condition and you can still get used parts for it. Silver Reed is still being manufactured, but in only a few models now but you can still buy all other models, just probably used.
If you have information or you find some of the information inaccurate, please email me and I will correct it as soon as I can. If you have information to share, please send it to me and I will review it and post it if it is relevant.
All information is accurate and to the best of my knowledge, so don't pitch a fit if something is amiss, just let me know.
I want to bring to your attention that all downloads on this site are FREE! I have a lot of Brother Fashion Magazines (that others sell) for you to download that have great Knitting Machine Patterns that work on ANY make or model knitting machine and I also have many Manuals for you that I have been able to find.
A word about buying, I would encourage you to join yahoo groups that are dedicated to knitting machines enthusiasts, there you will get the best deals. While eBay does offer a wide selection, their prices are overinflated because the seller has a lot of fees so they blow up the price of the machine or shipping charge in order to cover the cost of eBay fees. Buying from eBay also does not guarantee that you will get what you paid for. Just make sure that when you pay for something you have a way to get your money back if things are not as they seem. PayPal is a great way to do this. This is just a suggestion and my opinion. I have also included a price guide on this site for you to benchmark what you want to pay for a knitting machine.
I have posted a link in the upper right hand corner to a yahoo group called FOR SALE KNITTING MACHINES, this will take you to a free group where you can buy and sell knitting machines and yarn and it also has a lot of information that you may be interested in. Just click the link, join and that is it!
So enjoy the site and I hope it helps with your decision when purchasing a knitting machine as it is an investment.