There is an after market "SK160 Ribber Arm" for the SK160. They are no longer made but can still be found. It allows you to use the "SR860 Ribber Bed" with your "SK160" without upgrading to the SK860 at a cost savings of almost $2K.
Below is a summary of Studio Knitting Machines, in order of model number. They are all metal bed knitting machines unless otherwise stated and please pay attention to the gauge column as not all machines are 4.5mm. There were a few other models made besides the ones I have listed, but if I had no information about the model of knitting machine then I did not include them. I have also listed compatible accessories that worked with each model knitting machine. All 4.5mm Knitting Machines have a 200 needle bed, 9mm have 110 needles, all 6.5mm have 150 needles, all 3.6mm have 250 needles and other size beds will be noted as will any that are made with plastic beds.
PLEASE NOTE: When purchasing a Ribber AND Yarn Color Changer, the YC5 or YC6 - You must keep the YC6 with the SRP60 or SRP60N Ribber and the YC5 goes with the SRP50 Ribber. If you do not keep them with the appropriate Ribber, birds eye floats will not happen correctly. Also, if you have the Singer model below the SK560, you use the SRP50 with the YC5. BUT, double check this information as I have had conflicting explanations.
To know the difference between a SK560 and a SK580, please see the page titled "Silver Reed Used Prices".
A VERY IMPORTANT NOTE: 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 usually is. It is the only model that I am aware of that comes with both the main and lace carriage together. So, you get 2 (two) carriages, 2 stitch pattern books (one for the lace carriage), the user guide, an operations manual AND 15 stitch pattern cards, 5 blank mylars for your own patterns and Lace Pattern Cards.
A NOD TO THE STUDIO SK700
This is probably one of the best Studio Knitting Machines out there, a SK700 Punch Card Knitting Machine, MANY have told me. In fact, probably one of the best punch card knitting machines made. It has a 24 stitch repeat, 4.5mm, 200 needle bed knitting machine, with a built in Knit Radar and is a very sturdy machine. Of all the punchcard knitting machines, I would recommend this machine the most but they are well used so when/if you ever purchase one make sure to find out how it was stored and how it was used. It should cost you anywhere from $300 to $600 without the ribber and $400 to $700 with the ribber.
A Few Things To Remember...
FIRST: Studio and Silver Reed are the SAME brand machine BUT the “STUDIO” (1980's) is a much older machine than the “SILVER REED” (1990's). Silver Reed still makes machines and the 800 series were manufactured under both names. So, when you are ready to purchase a Silver Reed Knitting Machine make sure to ask if it is a “STUDIO” or “SILVER REED” and have them send you pictures of the machine with the name clearly seen. Price accordingly taking age into consideration.
SINGER is the STUDIO line in Canada and in the UK they were called KnitMaster. The reason I am bringing this to your attention is that I was sold a “Silver Reed” knitting machine and when I received it, the name on it was “Studio”. If I had known it was a “Studio” knitting machine I would have offered a lot less than I originally did. It was a “Studio” SK840, NOT a “Silver Reed” SK840 so a lot older. In addition, the Silver Reed name has been manufactured since 1991, just because you are getting a “Silver Reed” Knitting Machine do not make the mistake of thinking it was just made last year, it can be 20 years old or OLDER or brand new.
You also need to think about cost when purchasing a Studio 800 series knitting machine as they are modular system, meaning it is a manually run machine unless you ALSO purchase either Design A Knit (DAK) or the EC1 with optional PE1 for computerized patterning for an additional $1,000+. Currently there is also another software system for these machine called “SilverLink” that acts like an EC1 and PE1 together. There is a lot of information about these pattern systems and others in the Knitting Machine and Pattern Systems area.
SECOND: The Studio “500” series are computerized knitting machines that work a lot like the Brother electronic computerized knitting machine. The only difference is that a mylar sheet is used instead of a punch card or a pattern number entered into the built in computer. The 500 machines have the EC1 built in on some models and some models also have the Knit Radar built in. If you like the way the Studio is built and want it to work like a Brother machine, take a look especially at the SK560 and SK580. These machines can stitch patterns up to 60 stitches wide and as deep as the mylar sheet and is as simple to use as any Brother computerized knitting machine. You can also expand it’s patterning capabilities even further with an optional PE1 to increase it to 200 stitches wide and 999 rows deep, or double the height and width of a pattern. You also have the ability to make a pattern double wide, double height or both with a push of a button.
WHAT I FOUNBD OUT: 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 thought it is almost always is. It is the only model that I am aware of that comes with both the main and lace carriage together and has a built in EC1 and Knit Radar, a complete set in itself. Do not forget that it has a stitch pattern book, a user manual, an operation manual and 15 design cards and lace pattern cards with stitch pattern keys, in addition to 5 blank pages for your own design, and a design pencil that works with the mylars, and the 7 garment patterns for the knit radar. The ONLY thing you need to buy separate is the Ribber. It was made to compete against the Brother Computerized Knitting Machines which come with a lace carriage.
Another great thing about these two machines is that you can also use DAK with them if you wish. The SK840 is basically the SK560/580 without the EC1, knit radar and PE1, in essence you are paying A LOT MORE for a stripped down version in the SK840. For me, the pricing seems backwards as the SK840 is about a$1,000 more than the SK560/580 and it is a stripped down model.
|MODEL # "SK"||GAUGE in MM||INFORMATION & ACCESSORIES|
PLASTIC/18 STITCH PUNCH CARD/160 NEEDLES
|HK100||8||PLASTIC BED, 120 NEEDLES|
PLASTIC BED, 9MM
LW1 WEAVING ARM, KR10 RADAR, AG10 INTARSIA,
|SK120||8||"BULKY EIGHT"/100 NEEDLES|
(only 11mm known of)
Make sure you can get needles and sponge bars for this machine
(only 11mm known of)
PLASTIC BED, 140 NEELDES
AG10 INTARSIA, KR1O RADAR, KW1 WAEVING,
PLASTIC BED, 140 NEEDLES (VERY POPULAR KM)
AG10 INTARSIA, LW1 WEAVING, KR10 RADAR
110 NEEDLES, BUILT IN INTARSIA
This needle bed is not as wide as the other 9MM beds, such as the SK155 or SK890. Needles for the SK150 main bed are 1" (one inch) shorter than for the SK155
SK155 KM NEEDLES DO NOT WORK OR OTHER PARTS WHEN REPAIRS ARE NEEDED
SR150 RIBBER, KR6/7/10 RADAR, PS150
**AG155 works just like a main bed carriage AND can do Intarsia**
12 STITCH PUNCH CARD MACHINE, 100 NEEDLES
SR155 RIBBER, KR6/7/10 RADAR, AG30/155 INTARSIA
150 NEEDLES, BUILT IN INTARSIA
AG155 INTARSIA CARRAIGE & "SK160 RIBBER ARM" (hard to find)
CAN UPGRADE TO SK860 CARRIAGE
24 STITCH PUNCH CARD
SRP60(n) RIBBER, SRJ70 BIRD's EYE RIBBER CARRIAGE, KR6/7/10 RADAR, LC2 LACE CARRIAGE, AG20 INTARSIA, YC6 YARN CHANGER, AW1 WEAVING, RT1 TRANSFER, SC3 LINKER
30 stitch, 250 needle bed punch card
30 stitch, 250 needle bed punch card
|SK280||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
SRP20/50/60/60N, SRJ70, LC2, YC5/6, KR6/7/11, SC3, AG20, RT1, AW1
|SK303||4.5||8-12 stitch pattern repeats, not a punch card|
|SK312||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
|SK313||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
24 stitch punch card
|SK321||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
SRN321, SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG20, KR6/7/10, RT1, SC1
|SK322||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG20, RT1, SC1
|SK323/324||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG20, KR6/7/10, RT1, SC1
|SK323/327/328||4.5||24 stitch punch card, built in knit radar|
SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG20, AW1, RT1, SC1
|SK329||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG20, KR6/7/10, AW1, RT1, SC1
|SK360||4.5||24 stitch punch card, built in knit radar|
SRP20/50/60N, YC 5/6, LC2/260/360, AG20, AW1, RT1 SC3
|SK370||3.6||30 stitch, 250 needle punch card|
FRP70, FRJ80, FLC370,YC5, LC270
|SK500||4.5||I think the first electronic computerized model|
SRP20/50/60N, YC5/6, AG 20, RT 1, SC1, AW1
|SK550||4.5||COMPUTERIZED: I have no info on attachments|
|SK560||4.5||Computerized & comes with the LC560 Lace Carriage in addition to the main carriage. Has the EC1 and Knit Radar built in. Can use DAK.|
SRP20/50/60/60N, YC5/6, LC 560/580, AG20, AW1, RT1, SC3
|SK580||4.5||Computerized, has the EC1 built in. Can use DAK.|
SRP20/50/60/60N, SRJ 70, PE1, YC5/6, LC580/560, KR6/7/10/11, AW1, RT1, SC3, AG20/50
|SK600||4.5||24 stitch punch card|
24 stitch punch card
24 stitch punch card with a built in knit radar AND intarsia
SRP20/50/60/60N, YC5/6, LC2, AW1, RT1, SC3
|3.6||Computerized 250 needle bed, for stitch patterns need EC1 or DAK|
FRP70, FRJ80, EC1, PE1, LC580*, AG20*, YC6*, KR6/7/10/11
|4.5||Computerized 200 needle bed, for stitch patterns need EC1 or DAK|
SRP60N, SRJ70, EC1, PE1, YC6 (NOT YC5), LC580, LC560, AG20/50, PE1, KR6/7/10/11, AW1, RT1, SC3
|6.5||Computerized 150 needle bed, for stitch patterns need EC1 or DAK|
SR860, EC1, PE1, AG40, KR6/7/10/11, AG155
Computerized 110 needle bed, for stitch patterns need EC1 or DAK
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