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Knitting is definitely an enjoyable activity to do. It is such a gratifying experience to hold a pair of needles with a yarn flowing over your fingers, crafting your very own masterpiece. With every stitch that a knitter makes, it does not only develop one’s creativity and skills, but it also helps a person release tension and stress. However, some hand knitters, most especially those who fabricate items for business, have also thought of the idea of purchasing a knitting machine for a faster and more efficient production. Today, we’ll find out why.
A knitting machine is a device that’s used to create different kinds of knitted fabrics. It was first invented in 1589, as the knitted stockings became a part of the century’s fashion trend. But then, hand knitters during those days opposed the thought of using a machine for making their handcrafts. This was because of the fact that the art of knitting has been one of the main sources of most of the families’ income at that time. Today, the use of machines became a norm for both the knitting hobbyists and entrepreneurs. Knitting machines now range from main entry level, non mechanical, to the highly complex and electronic devices.
Stocking Frame Knitting Machinefin by British inventor, William Lee in 1589
We use a specific kind of knitting machine depending upon the item’s degree of complexity and pattern. Like needles, machines also come in different sizes and styles. In this article, we’ve listed some information about the types of knitting machines and its uses, some tips in choosing the best machine for your craft, and its pros and cons, compared to hand knitting. The Pros and Cons of Hand Knitting and Using a Machine for Knitting
- Machine knitting is placed in a certain location. Its size and weight depends on the material to knit. Therefore, it might need an ample space. Hand knitting, on the other hand, can be brought anywhere and does not use a huge amount of space.
- In terms of speed, hand knitters will take more time to finish their craft since they need to make sure that every stitch they make is full of consistency and of the same pattern. Because of its automatic features, a knitting machine can obviously create a huge number of stitches at a certain point of time, without even worrying about the consistency of its pattern.
- A hand knitter can come up with her own stitching patterns, or design her craft in the middle of the activity. Machine knitters, on the other hand, have a limited capability when it comes to patterns, yet, one can still design the craft afterwards.
- Complex designs can be made both in hand and machine knitting. However, if you are not that good in hand knitting, yet you wanted to create an admirable, multi-colored garment with a complicated pattern, machine knitting can be a great help for you! Although since it is a machine, there’s a limited capability for it; so better look for the perfect one that will suit your desired knitted items.
- Aside from being portable, hand knitting also calms the mind with the serenity of its sound. Machines can produce loud sounds while stitching. Yet, there are some products that have a minimal sound that isn’t that disturbing.
- In hand knitting, as long as you practice your craft, you’ll not just develop your skills, but you’ll also be able to come up with any knitted material you prefer to create. Whereas in machine knitting, each yarn and item of different weights and class require a specific device to use.
- A huge amount of money might be needed to invest in a knitting machine, whereas in hand knitting, you only need to buy a pair of needles and a yarn.
- For huge projects, the use of knitting machine will definitely be perfect. You can still stitch using your hands, but it will really take much of your time that you might not be able to finish it right away
In choosing the right machine for your craft, all you have to do is to consider the item you are about to knit. Does it need to have a very fine stitch? Or is it just a simple garment? Learn and explore the different types of knitting machines according to its gauges: (Watch a video of how knitting machines work, click here
)Fine gauge machines
– produce a fine, lightweight knitted material. This type of machine has a 3.6mm distance between the needles on its bed. It knits the thinnest yarns that a person uses in knitting lace weight to fingering weight items. Ideal for sport-weight knitted garments.
A finely knitted sweater from Wise Geek Standard gauge machines
- needles are 4.5mm apart from each other. Since it is said to be the standard one, it knits the commercial grade fibers. Basically, what people use is a coned yarn in this type of machine to knit socks, gloves, and even baby weight yarns.
A machine knitted glove by Knitting Gloves Mid-gauge machines
– is considered as one of the recommended machines for hand knitters. It is the most versatile machine in knitting as it can handle all types of yarns – from sport weight to a light worsted yarn. Its needles are 6.5mm apart from each other.
Photo from Pinterest.com Bulky or chunky machines
– are used for knitting the thickest and heaviest yarns. Its needles are 9mm apart from each other.
Spincycle bulky yarn from Makers Mercantile Express Machines
– are highly recommended for beginners. It is smaller than the ones being used in fabricating a large volume of knitted garments, making it a portable type of machine.
Addi Express King Size Knitting Machine from Makers’ Mercantile How to use an express knitting machine?
Where to buy your Knitting Machine?
Makers Mercantile is your home for your knitting needs! They offer yarns, needles, hooks, spinning fiber and artfelt materials, looms, accessories, fabric, ribbon, project kits, and machines for your arts and craft! Visit their site, get inspired and be motivated with the colorful and cheerful community of the Makers! References
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Knitting a Flat Panel on the Addi Express King Size Knitting Machine - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jCGBoDRvYI
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