Using a knitting machine to enhance your design time is a good thing. Two things come to mind immediately when I think of this. One, the machine will speed up the knitting of stockinette and ribbed items, allowing you to hand knit the more complex pieces. Two, there are some machine knit stitches that are just very difficult to duplicate by hand. Add these stitches to your design catalog to broaden your creativity.
But what machine will work for your design line???
That is the question . . . . and I have your answer!
Machine Knitting Education: The Best Decision is an Educated Decision
Don't know what machine you want?? Learn about the different machines, which yarns go to which machine, and how hand and machine knitting are different.
"What is the best machine?" is a question I hear daily. The best machine is the machine that knits the yarn weights you need to knit, with features you desire, with the minimum of fuss, in the most enjoyable manner, in the time frame you need. And since none of us do the same thing, think the same way or have the same budget, we won't all agree on the same machine. So to find out what is the best machine, we need to learn as much as possible about what knitting machines can do for us, what we want them to do for us and what their limitations are. Much information to learn, but then, the machines are not cheap either! So read on!
One more note. Recently I have been getting inquiries about machine knitting. One question that keeps coming up I'd like to clear up now. Machine Knitting is a hobby. Being a hobby the knitter is involved in the process every step of the way. You cannot set up the machine, yarn, software, then go away and have all the pieces knit when you return. It would not be a hobby if you could. I do not know of any machines that do this.
Stay tuned, there is more to come!