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Mar 13, 2017 03:36:21   #
hildaw
 
Does anyone have any information/knowledge on the Knitmaster F270K fine gauge machine please ? Apparently there's also an F370K fine gauge as well . I can't find any info at all on either machine . Thanks 😀
 
Mar 13, 2017 04:10:46   #
Tallie9
 
The only difference between the 270 and 370 ....the 270 does not have the built in 'knit radar'....Both have 250 needles ...3.5mm spacing....30 stitch repeat punchcards....Uses thread-like yarns....cobweb yarns...lace-weight...and light fingering yarns... Lace carriage(FLC 270/370) usually sold separately...Both use the FRP70 ribber...
Here's the manual to download...
http://machineknittingetc.com/f370-270-operation-manual.html
Mar 13, 2017 06:58:08   #
hildaw
 
Tallie9 wrote:
The only difference between the 270 and 370 ....the 270 does not have the built in 'knit radar'....Both have 250 needles ...3.5mm spacing....30 stitch repeat punchcards....Uses thread-like yarns....cobweb yarns...lace-weight...and light fingering yarns... Lace carriage(FLC 270/370) usually sold separately...Both use the FRP70 ribber...
Here's the manual to download...
http://machineknittingetc.com/f370-270-operation-manual.html

Thank you for this information 😀
Mar 13, 2017 12:01:13   #
GrammaAnn
 
hildaw wrote:
Does anyone have any information/knowledge on the Knitmaster F270K fine gauge machine please ? Apparently there's also an F370K fine gauge as well . I can't find any info at all on either machine . Thanks 😀


The carriages are not interchangeable between those 2 models - so make sure it comes with the right one. One has a built in row counter and the other has a row counter that sits on top of the bed. I think it takes good eyesight to use one - the stitches are very small and I found that with the fine yarn it knits with, it makes too thin of fabric even on low tension. Fair isle was better/thicker because it utilizes the 2 yarns at the same time. I did not keep the machine. Ann
Mar 13, 2017 13:29:07   #
Azzara
 
hildaw wrote:
Does anyone have any information/knowledge on the Knitmaster F270K fine gauge machine please ? Apparently there's also an F370K fine gauge as well . I can't find any info at all on either machine . Thanks 😀

I had a F370 with ribber and lace carriage. Key word here is HAD.
I did not keep the machine and neither did the lady I sold it too.
It knit very light fabrics and took lace weight yarns. I had trouble finding the correct size punch to make cards and the 30 st cards were hard to find too. I had forgotten how much I disliked punching cards. Dropped stitches I just considered 'gone' because chasing them in the fine lace was next to impossible even in great lighting. The machine requires a steady hand and good eyesight but I didn't find knitting with it enjoyable nor was I thrilled with the fabric it knit.
Mar 13, 2017 13:37:35   #
hildaw
 
Azzara wrote:
I had a F370 with ribber and lace carriage. Key word here is HAD.
I did not keep the machine and neither did the lady I sold it too.
It knit very light fabrics and took lace weight yarns. I had trouble finding the correct size punch to make cards and the 30 st cards were hard to find too. I had forgotten how much I disliked punching cards. Dropped stitches I just considered 'gone' because chasing them in the fine lace was next to impossible even in great lighting. The machine requires a steady hand and good eyesight but I didn't find knitting with it enjoyable nor was I thrilled with the fabric it knit.
I had a F370 with ribber and lace carriage. Key ... (show quote)

Mmm, my eyesight isn't the best , so maybe I should forget this idea. I'd like to make some fine knit scarves , perhaps I'll be able to achieve the look I'm after on my standard gauge knitmaster . Thanks for your help .,
 
Mar 14, 2017 06:30:18   #
janetmk
 
I knit 1 ply crepe on my standard gauge, I love fine stuff but with the standard gauge can get it to do what I want so suggest you give it a try!
Mar 14, 2017 06:45:37   #
wallaby
 
Hildaw,

If you have a Knitmaster standard machine with ribber one option for scarves is Drive Lace. You can make quite fine scarves with this technique. When our museum here in Montreal had an exhibition of Jean-Paul Gaultier's work a few years ago, in the gift shop they were selling scarves knitted in drive lace - about 2 metres long (2 yards) and 50 cm (20") wide - for about $100 each. They were done in a fine silky acrylic.

Phillipa

hildaw wrote:
Mmm, my eyesight isn't the best , so maybe I should forget this idea. I'd like to make some fine knit scarves , perhaps I'll be able to achieve the look I'm after on my standard gauge knitmaster . Thanks for your help .,
Mar 14, 2017 07:01:55   #
hildaw
 
I shall have a go tonight on my standard gauge, thank you Janet and Phillipa 😊😊
Mar 14, 2017 07:27:55   #
Linuxgirl
 
Well, I still enjoy my SK270 very much, even though I'm extremely myopic. Yes, it knits very fine yarn and the stitches are small, but you can after all double the yarn up or use plating to make the fabric denser. I can even knit fine sock yarn without any trouble at all.
Except for the fact, that the machine has a 30-stitch punchcard reader instead of the usual 24-stitch, it's a really nice machine.
Besides, for work I need very fine fabric sweaters, so it fits my bill nicely.
Mar 14, 2017 08:18:56   #
hildaw
 
Thank you Linuxgirl , it's helpful to get both views . 😀
 
Mar 14, 2017 14:52:31   #
roseknit (a regular here)
 
I have the 370 and it,s like an old war horse, still going, takes 30 stitch punchcards and you can still get a punch for the bank cards, Tensions are different to the standard, instead of T7 for instance I would use T9 to achieve the same stitches, You have to play around a bit but well worth it. A great machine and on mine I have the half scale charts
Mar 15, 2017 12:33:03   #
Busy Bee 142
 
Hi, I was able to buy for the F270/F370 fine gauge knitting machines some 30st punch card on a roll from Sunny Choi, they sell a large roll approx 100 punch cards or a 5 meter roll and also packs of ten punch cards.
I find the roll easier as I can make the punch cards as large or as small without wasting the card.

Hope this helps

Debs
Mar 15, 2017 13:04:08   #
hildaw
 
Thanks Debs, good to know you can still get the punchcards , Sunny Choi is very quick as well . I must say I'm quite tempted to get the f270, trouble is Ive already got two knitting machines already and I'm running out of space !! 🙂
Mar 15, 2017 15:04:00   #
Linuxgirl
 
*Grin* you're rather frugal as far as knitting machines are concerned. I have five already and know I'm not in the top league XD.
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