I am purchasing an older model knitting machine - actually a few. I have never machine-knitted before. One of the machines is a Studio 700. What kind of table do I need for it? I've been seeing clamps, sturdy tables, but also some tilting tables. What do y'all prefer?
Hi DarcyCAG - I have a BOND - haven't used it for years but my husband is making me a table to get it all set up again. I did try using the ironing board for a while but it just wasn't sturdy enough. Good luck
Thanks. I'm guessing a folding table wouldn't be secure enough either. I'm guessing I'll have to find a heavy wood table that won't move around much. I'm concerned about the clamps -- a lot of tables have 'lips' on them. Do I need a table without lips?
Yes a table without a lip is best. I just got a knitting machine and can not wait to work with it. I have been watching video's on youtub.com. Very helpful information. Even stitches.
thanks! Good luck to you.
There were frames made for knitting machines that were nice, some tilted for use with a ribber attachment. But they were no work table and I heard they jiggled as you knit on them. If you look into those they are supposed to have C clamps for the opposite side of the frames top bar, the KMs clamps will bolt into them in order to secure the KM on the top cross bar. Otherwise the KM will fall off of the frame.
Rounded and beveled edges won't work, the clamps will slip and the KM may fall off also, the tables are typically too light for the weight of the machine. I tried a wood desk which eventually got shook apart.
A good friend built a table for me. Its 1" thick 50" long and 30" deep. He attached the wood top to very sturdy folding legs frame and it is secure, doesn't move, and there's plenty of room for my tools and yarn between my machines which are clamped on opposite sides of the table.
The other option I found that I liked was an online store;
distinctiveknits.com they sell KM tables that are nice and will accomodate a KM & its ribbing attachment.
Hope this information helps.
That's super, thanks! I'll go and look at the web site.
What about this table? It's made for knitting machine and they claim that it won't wobble:http://store.dknits.com/pd_universal_knitting_machine_stand.cfm
Although, I don't think this table can be tilted to accomodate a ribber.
Another type of table to think about is a small size drafting table (4ft x 32-36in.). Like the ones for personal use. They can be tilted, height is sometime adjustable, sturdy and they're normally well built.
The one I'm looking at is a used one, it won't burn my pocket ;o) It has wheels too so I can roll it away. You may want to look at your local classified ads or local Craiglist for one.
What about this table? It's made for knitting mac... (
Hi, this table at dknits is the same one I posted about from distinctive knits. This table does not need to tilt to install and use a ribbing attachment as different clamps come with the ribber to secure the KM to the table on the appropriate angle for the ribber to attach to the KM. The tension mast is then turned around so that it is also at the proper angle. I very seriously considered purchasing this KM table, it is the best I've seen available aside from the one a friend built for me.
Hi, I have 2 older Brothers. Both mounted on tilt stands with clamps.Look sort of like saw horses only steel bars. Works great and do not interfer with ribbers when attached and can tilt the flat beds to any degree I want, Also clamps removable at any time . Good luck
THe Artisan table is a wonderful table. I bought mine from
AllBrands for $129. I have 2 of them. THey are the right size and have a shelf on the back extremely sturdy and don't take up much room at all which is nice. I had my SInger 700 on a small folding plastic table which was o.k. but would not work with the ribber. I saw an Artisan on a site the other day for $100 but I don't remember which site. DKnits is the importer.
thanks everyone. I now have several choices!
Did you do that terrific entrelac sweater on a machine? I am trying one on needles, and it doesn't look nearly that smooth.
I got one of those tilting tables for my 700. Think I didn't get it on e-bay but the machine knitting old site which is now a yahoo site. I like it because I can leave on the ribber, drop it down at it's lowest position and tip down to make the main bed level. i have to say I sometimes take off the ribber on some things so don't have the ribber in the way. I also have regular tables for my old 313 and my bulky 155.
Laurelk in S.CA
I have two bonds hooked together and made my table out of 15" wide MDF 8' long. I attached it to 2 runners of 2X3" oak (to keep it level). I got folding legs at Home Depot and attached them to the oak pieces. I've had it for 6 years and it's still going strong! The legs are shaped like an upside-down Y shape. It was much cheaper than trying to purchase one to fit the machine beds. Hope this helps!