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An Introduction to Machine Knitting

Jun 30, 2008
The sportswear, jumpers, sweat shirts and t-shirts you wear are all machine knitted. It is far easier to knit various article with the help of a machine than using the conventional way of doing it with the hands and knitting needles. Now there are two different styles of machine knitting. One is called the "Weft knitting" method that is more similar to the hand knitting process. The most important disadvantage of this method is that once a loop or thread is misplaced, there is no alternative thread to hold the rest of the knit. So they become undone easily. You can get the weft knitting machine for both domestic and commercial use. The other type is "Wrap knitting" where the machine locks the stitches on both sides to make the knitted article more durable.

Different Articles Need Different Types of Knitting Machines

The choice of machine depends mostly on the type of articles that you are looking forward to make using the machine knitting technique. The heavy sweaters require the big and chunky knitting machines with the large needles that can contain the thick yarns in the 9 mm gap between two needles. If you are going to prepare some lace curtains or knitted suits then the best machine for you would be the standard ones which have smaller hooks and the needles are placed more closely. Some of you might prefer their machine knitted articles to bear a handmade look. The mid-gauge machines are the correct choice for you. These machines are capable of knitting both the baby yarns and the chunky ones.

Good Knitting Machines

There are quite a number of brands who manufacture different types of knitting machines according to the requirement of the customers. There are three particular types of knitting machines which are in much demand in the market. They are "Chunky and bulky models", "Standard Gauge" and the "standard bed models". Brother international is one of the most prominent brands in this industry who manufacture an electronic model KH270 and a mechanical model KH260 as the bulky and chunky models.

These are the ones with 9 mm gaps between two needles. Silver reed and Artisan are two strong contenders of this field who manufacture equally efficient and good quality knitting machines. These machines are generally meant for commercial usage. A home-knitter needs a simple sweater machine.

Machine knitting is not at all stressful like hand knitting and it does not need much skills to knit the articles perfectly as the machine does it for you. But at the same time you need to know the process of handling the machine easily. You can knit almost each and everything with a knitting machine and the products are often far more durable than the handmade ones.
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April Kerr owns Machine Knitting Madness which has details of where to buy cheap knitting machines and cheap knitting machine patterns
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