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About Artisan Knitting Machines & Prices
I am finding virtually NO information about this machine so as of today I would recommend that you seek out either a knitting machine dealer or Artisan dealer for more information. Distinctive Knits, Knit Wit Kreations, and ALLBRANDS carry this knitting machine.
With that being said Artisan is a knitting machine that is currently being made and I have found information on five separate models. They are 70-D PLUS, GE63 - 70, the JBL-245, the KH868 and Artisan 260 Bulky Guage. Artisan has two types of knitting machines, from what I gather all are punch card machines BUT, you have knitting machines with a separate main bed and ribber and other models with the ribber attached permanently to the main bed. Additional options available are yarn color changers, linker, stand, punch card, and card puncher.
Artisan 70-D PLUS
The Artisan 70D mid gauge will accept yarns from sport weight to light-weight worsted, making it perfect for knitting hand yarn. It is a 7mm knitting machine. You can also easily use four ply fingering yarn double stranded by using the plating feeder. This is a great beginners knitting machine designed to knit Sport Weight and Light Weight yarn. This models knitting and ribber beds are permanently attached. In addition it has the following features:
- Built-in Intarsia, you don't need a separate intarsia carriage.
-Since this is a double bed knitting machine, you can do both knitting and ribbing. The 70Dplus makes beautiful ribbing, fisherman's ribbing, as well as circular knitting for socks, hats, mittens and more. The ribber drops down so you can easily knit single bed fabrics with the single bed sinker plate.
-There are 147 needles on each bed. This is enough to make a finished size 60 using DK weight yarn.
-Both carriages knit, slip, tuck and have a Hold position for maximum versatility.
-In addition to slip, tuck and stockinette, the main carriage also does plating.
-The sturdy stand included with the basic machine has a convenient tray for storing all tools and cast-on combs. The tray can be placed either on the left, center, or right position for your convenience.
SIDE NOTE: I have been told this is a "MANUAL" machine and NOT a "Punch Card" so check with your vendor before buying.
PRICE on the 70D: This knitting machine is a friendly $800 new for both beds which makes it an exceptional price for a new main bed and ribber bed even for new knitters. I think this is a great starter machine, but hard to resell BUT, to actually try out a knitting machine with a ribber, a full metal bed, this is an exceptional price, and used they are even less expensive. This issue is shipping charges, very, very heavy with both beds and a stand.
Artisan GE63 - 70
This is a double bed Mid Gauge (7.0mm) manual patterning machine with 147 needles on each bed, complete with a well-designed, sturdy stand. It is a metal bed machine capable of stockinet, knitweaving and plating. It also does an excellent job of ribbing, fisherman's rib, and circular knitting because of the angle of the beds. It is an excellent knitter as it is extremely easy to learn, very sturdy and reliable, and the carriages are quite easy to push. Plus, it knits DK, handspun, and other hand weight yarn that hand knitters use. An Intarsia carriage and ribber covers are also available for this machine. I have no pricing information on this model yet.
Artisan JBL - 245
This a metal bed Standard Gauge (4.5mm) punchcard machine, complete with detachable ribber, with 200 needles on each bed. It is capable of stockinet, tuck, slip, fairisle, thread lace, knitweaving, and plating. The 24 stitch punchcard mechanism will accept all existing punchcards from Brother, Studio and Toyota machines! It also does ribbing, fisherman's rib, circular knitting, and double jacquard (with the optional color changer). This machine is comparable to the Silver Reed/Studio SK700.
RIBBER: You can purchase the ribber for $500 and it fits the Silver Reed knitting machines series SK200's, SK300's, SK500's and the SK840.
PRICE on JBL: With ribber and stand these run from $1,295
A standard gauge knitting machine like the KH868 knits finer yarn like 4 and 3 ply fingering weight and sock yarn. The knitting looks somewhat like commercially produced knitting. You can knit stockinette stitch and ribbed stitches when you include the ribber. However, this knitting machine can also use a Punch Card to create knitting stitch patterns automatically. Place a punch card in the machine and activate it. Now you can automatically knit Thread lace, Tuck, Slip, Weaving, Fair-isle and Single Motif Isolation and more stitches.
There is a basic KH868 Knitting Machine Pattern card set included or you can make your own with an optional puncher and blank cards. Punch cards for this machine are 24 stitch-wide pattern repeats. Most 24-stitch punch cards available from other brands of knitting machines and are interchangeable with this machine.
The standard gauge machine is a 4.5 mm needle pitch knitting machine. This means there are 4.5 mm between the needles. There are 200 needles on the bed which will knit most sizes of garments. This is a very versatile knitting machine. It accepts any BROTHER attachments for the KH868 knitting machine.
The standard gauge KR 850 ribber is included and is also 4.5 mm pitch, with 200 needles for Rib Knitting and Double Bed Fairisle patterns. If you are not using the standard gauge ribbing attachment, it drops down out of the way or it can be detached and stored.
Price on the KH868 with RIBBER: is about $2,095 new
Artisan 260 Bulky Punch Card
This bulky knitting machine knits fabric that looks just like hand-knitting, only better and faster using heavier double knitting (DK), worsted and bulky yarn. You can knit stockinett stitch and ribbed stitches when you include the ribber. However, this bulky knitting machine can also use a Punch Card to create knitting stitch patterns automatically. Place a punch card in the machine and activate it. Now you can automatically knit Thread Lace, Tuck, Slip, Weaving, Fairisle and Single Motif Isolation and more stitches.
There is a basic Bulky Knitting Machine Pattern card set included or you can make your own with an optional puncher and blank cards. Bulky punch cards for this machine are 24 stitch-wide pattern repeats. 24-stitch punch cards are available from other brands of knitting machines and are interchangeable with this machine.
The bulky gauge machine is a 9 mm needle pitch knitting machine. This means there are 9 mm between the needles which is wide enough to accept double knitting weight up to bulky weight yarn. Thus the name bulky. The bulky ribber is included and is also 9 mm pitch, with 110 needles for Rib Knitting and Double Bed Fairisle patterns. Included is a D Slider used to make dropped-stitch designs. If you are not using the bulky ribbing attachment, it drops down out of the way or it can be detached and stored.
All Brother Bulky knitting machine accessories work with this knitting machine.
PRICE on the Bulky: New, with ribber, these run around $2,295