Well, I just purchased my first standard gauge machine. It's a Brother 585 Profile that I got on ebay for $20. I'm so excited about it, but it just occurred to me. Do I need to buy special yarn for this machine? Can I use regular hand knitting yarn? That's what I have lots of in my stash. I will not be happy if I have to wait till next month to use the machine. It should be here by Friday. I'm still new to KMs, I just purchased a couple of USMs last month and am still working on my first project. I'm learning lots, but I'm already wanting something more sophisticated, which is why I couldn't resist bidding on this one. Please tell I can use my regular yarn. Thanks for your help. :-)
You can use regular yarn if it is fine yarn. That is a standard gauge machine and will use baby yarn, sock yarn or other 3 or 4 ply yarns very easily.
Don't forget to check the sponge bar/needle retaining bar to see if it needs replacing.
Thanks for the info. I'm assuming I'll be able to tell if it needs to be replaced by just looking at it? As in, it will yucky and flat?
Yes, yucky and flat pretty well describes it. I have that machine and the ribber to go with it that has been 'under the bed' for years. I should get it out and sell it.
Cleaning, oiling and replacing the sponge bar are probably going to be your first priorities. You can use bulkier yarn on every other needle on a high tension number. Have fun, and don't forget to look at Diana Sullivan and other machine knitters on YouTube.:)
Well, I just purchased my first standard gauge mac... (
I have found that yarn purchased in a store like Joann Fabric that I can use a yarn that is has a number three in the row of boxes in the description. I have to use tension 10. Some yarn listed as 3 is somewhat thicker though. I have found it necessary to avoid it if it looks thicker as 3 is probably a tad over size for the machine. It does nice tuck and I have done a lace pattern for curtains using this yarn.
Steve in PA
Thanks for all the info. I'm so excited about getting this machine, it's going to be hard not to try using it right away. Thanks for letting me know about the lace curtains, Steve, I've been wanting to make some of those for a long time. So it sounds like I can use just about any yarn I'd like., I just have to be careful to adjust the machine. Sounds like swatches are going to be very important now.