Silver Reed History, Chronologically

1959-1960  SK 7
  SK8 PLASTIC BED
1962  SK101 & SR101 RIBBER
1963  SK102
  SK103
1964  SK301
  SR103
1965  SK105 NEEDLE SELECTOR, ​4.5MM
  SK501  
​  SK502
1967

  SK106

  SK302

  SK303

1969  SK312
1970  SK305
  SK313, 4.5MM PUNCH CARD

1972  SK312, 4.5MM PUNCH CARD & SR321
  SK810
1973  SK322 & SR322 RIBBER
  SK323

1977  SK234
  SK326
  SK328
  SK329
​  SRP 20 RIBBER 

1978  SK120 - 8MM
  ~~~SK121 - 11MM, ONLY EXTRA LARGE GAUGE MADE
  SK328
  SK500 ELECTRONIC MACHINE
  SRP50 RIBBER                     

1979  SK228
  SK260

1980  MK70, 6MM PLASTIC PUNCH CARD MACHINE
  SK350
  SK360

1982  SK560 ELECTRONIC MACHINE, COMES WITH LC560 LACE CARRIAGE
  SK561
  SK580 ELECTRONIC, LACE CARRIAGE SEPERATE
  SK511
​  SK550
  FK270, 3.6MM (FINE)
  FK370, 3.6MM PUNCH CARD MACHINE
​  SR120, 8MM RIBBER

1983  HK100, 8MM PLASTIC BED HOBBY MACHINE
  SK150, 9MM MANUAL MACHINE & SR150, 9MM RIBBER*****

1984

  SK150 9MM MANUAL MACHINE & SR150, 9MM RIBBER                         ****SK150 requires "SK150" needles & parts, othere are too long, will not fit
  SK155, 9MM PUNCH CARD MACHINE

1985  SK600
  SK700 PUNCH CARD MACHINE
  SK155, 9MM PUNCH CARD MACHINE & SR155, 9MM RIBBER
  SRP60, 4.5MM RIBBER

1986  LK100, 9MM PLASTIC HOBBY MACHINE
  SK151, 9MM MANUAL MACHINE

1987  SK120
  SK588
  SK260
  SK560 ELECTRONIC MACHINE, COMES WITH LC560 LACE CARRIAGE
  SK561
  SRP60(N), 4.5MM RIBBER ~ BEST ONE TO GET

1988  SK580 ELECTRONIC MACHINE
  SK280
  LK140, 6.5MM PLASTIC BED HOBBY MACHINE
  LK150, 6.5MM PLASTIC BED HOBBY MACHINE
  SK140, 8MM MANUAL MACHINE

1989  LK150, 6.5MM PLASTIC BED HOBBY MACHINE
1990  SK740
  SK270
  SRP60 & SRP60(n), 4.5MM RIBBERS
  SR860, 6.5MM RIBBER
​  SR890, 9MM RIBBER

1991  SK830, 3.5MM ELECTRONIC MACHINE
1992  SR860, 6.5MM ELECTRONIC MACHINE
2015 CURRENT
MACHINES MADE

  SK840 & SRP60(n), 4.5 ELECTRONIC MACHINE WITH RIBBER
  SK280 & SR280, 4.5MM PUNCH CARD MACHINE WITH RIBBER
​  SK155, 9MM PUNCH CARD MACHINE

  LK150, 6.5MM PLASTIC BED HOBBY MACHINE


     THESE FLOAT IN AND OUT OF THE MARKET
              SK160, 6.5MM MANUAL MACHINE
              SK860 & SR860, 6.5MM ELECTRONIC MACHINE
              SK160 UPGRADE CARRIAGE TO THE SK860,CARRIAGE ONLY


Use this information as a “GUIDE” only as I had to look all over the place for information.  Remember, Silver Reed Machines are still being made, they are the SK840, SK155 and the LK150, SRP60n, SR150,  SK160 to the best of my knowledge.  The SK260, SK890, SK830 and SK270  are no longer made, but can be found new as Silver Reed just discontinued making them only as of 2012.  Last word on the SK860 and SR860, the SK160 upgrade carriage, Silver Reed stops and then starts making these machine again and again, I have no idea why, but in 2015 these come at a premium price because of this.

Parts and accessories can be interchangeable between make/model/year but not gauge.  For example, the LC560 Lace Carriage that went with the Studio SK560 works on the Silver Reed SK840 or Studio SK580 – as they are both 4.5mm machines.  In addition the AG155 Intarsia carriage for the SK155 works on the Silver Reed SK860 – 6.5mm Machine, if you can find one . Some will say not but I have one and it works with my 6.5mm even though it was made for the SK890 and looks exactly like the SK160 carriage.

A lot of questions also come up about the SK560 and SK580 and what the differences are.  To know the difference between a SK560 and a SK580, please see the page titled  "Silver Reed Used Prices"  for a detailed explanation.







   


TIDBITS about Silver Reed:

***The SK121 is the ONLY 11mm gauge knitting machine ever made in any line ever to the best of my knowledge and are very, very hard to find.  If you do purchase one, make sure you can get needles and sponge bars for it.  

*** I was able to find video tutorials for Silver Reed Sales People and I found out that the SK560 should also come with the LC560 Lace Carriage and not to be sold as an additional option, even though it seems to be sold as a separate item.  It is the only model that I am aware of that comes with both the main and lace carriage together.  It was made to compete with the Brother Computerized Machines that came with a lace carriage.  

There is an after market ribber arm for the SK160, they are no longer made but can still be found.  You can use the SR860 Ribber bed with your SK160 without upgrading to the SK860 at almost $2K with shipping.

​UPDATED 11/2016

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