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Apr 20, 2017 12:53:10   #
Cookiecat
 
Here's a mystery...Does anyone know who actually holds the rights to the Bond knitting machine manufacturing??? Obviously they have stopped and don't plan to go on...I would think there may be interest in acquiring the rights, equipment, etc. to start it up again..anyone have info??
 
Apr 20, 2017 14:34:34   #
Sand101 (a regular here)
 
I didn't know that I have one but don't use it
Apr 21, 2017 00:48:36   #
nonak (a regular here)
 
I could be wrong but I think that Caron yarns was the one manufacturing them - so maybe try them?
Apr 21, 2017 09:22:22   #
Susannah in SoCal
 
I'm a longtime Bond knitter. I think I bought my first one in the late 1980s and invested in the different models as they came out. One is always set up, ready to go, in my crafts room, and I still knit many projects, primarily sweaters, on my Bonds. Because the needles are the most flexible of any of my knitting machines, I particularly enjoy knitting cable and hand-manipulated lace designs.

Spinrite Yarns of Ontario, Canada (manufacturers of Bernat and Paton's yarns among others), acquired Caron and Bond in late 2011, but I don't remember when they decided to discontinue manufacturing Bond knitting machines. Since I couldn't find any information about Spinrite selling the manufacturing rights, I'm assuming Spinrite still holds them. I found their contact information under spinriteyarns.com.

I wish you the best in manufacturing and bringing Bonds back on the market. They were good machines, particularly the earlier models.
Apr 21, 2017 10:36:04   #
KnittyGritty800 (a regular here)
 
I think Caron owns Bond.
Apr 21, 2017 10:43:16   #
nonak (a regular here)
 
Figuring out how to produce the ribber would probably increase interest in the machine.
 
Apr 21, 2017 10:47:14   #
momwhofan (a regular here)
 
nonak wrote:
Figuring out how to produce the ribber would probably increase interest in the machine.


I agree with this. We have one Ultimate Sweater Machine that has been sitting in the last aisle of the local Joann's for over a year now. I have kept my eye on it, waiting to see if they drop the price, but no dice. If any one is interested in it, send me a PM. I haven't seen any robbers for it, though.
Apr 21, 2017 12:39:40   #
KnittyGritty800 (a regular here)
 
Bond KM are almost always listed on eBay and right now there's one on Craig's list for $20.00 where I live.
Apr 21, 2017 15:48:58   #
momwhofan (a regular here)
 
momwhofan wrote:
I agree with this. We have one Ultimate Sweater Machine that has been sitting in the last aisle of the local Joann's for over a year now. I have kept my eye on it, waiting to see if they drop the price, but no dice. If any one is interested in it, send me a PM. I haven't seen any robbers for it, though.


I'm not sure how to edit my own post, but "robbers" was not the word I wanted in my post above! "Sales" would be more in keeping with my thoughts. Sorry! LOL!
Apr 21, 2017 23:25:35   #
pengee
 
I had a riber but could never get it to go
Apr 23, 2017 00:05:03   #
alan.codyre
 
I also had a ribber but found it hard to use and not worth the effort. It didn't mount very well and the woman I gave the machine to didn't have much success using it either.
 
Apr 25, 2017 03:55:50   #
aprilla
 
I've an original from the 80s also and loved it from day one, I would not be without it. I can only presume that from all the neutral and worse comments the later machines were not as well made, or changes to 'improve' it made it less then it was. A newly manufactured Bond would have to up the quality to get past all the bad news out there. No doubt a lot is from those who expected magic, but some are genuine. None of the comments can be erased though, so have an impact.

I saw a Bond ribber sell on eBay this past month, it sold for EURO 132.51. I wasn't tempted, whew!
Apr 26, 2017 00:09:23   #
Cookiecat
 
aprilla wrote:
I've an original from the 80s also and loved it from day one, I would not be without it. I can only presume that from all the neutral and worse comments the later machines were not as well made, or changes to 'improve' it made it less then it was. A newly manufactured Bond would have to up the quality to get past all the bad news out there. No doubt a lot is from those who expected magic, but some are genuine. None of the comments can be erased though, so have an impact.

I saw a Bond ribber sell on eBay this past month, it sold for EURO 132.51. I wasn't tempted, whew!
I've an original from the 80s also and loved it fr... (show quote)


Actually I agree with you about the quality going down as newer models came out...Did the reverse of what you did, starting out with an USM, going on to an ISM (much better at short rowing than USM, IMO) and finally getting one of the original Bonds, hands down a better machine!! Regarding an earlier post, I don't have the $$ to get the Bond rights to manufacture...(who knows if I would win the lottery, LOL) but would be very interested in seeing it come back into production, or perhaps the Knit Smart System which I believe was an improvement on the Bond!! Regarding the ribber, Heidi Ihrenfeldt has done amazing things with Bonds and did modify the ribbers to make them work better. Doubtless the metal bulkies are more capable, but I like the lower cost and complexity of the Bonds, and especially the ability to make the needle bed basically as long as one likes!!
Apr 27, 2017 05:44:57   #
aprilla
 
I have huge regard for my Bond, though have not tried anything comparable. Didn't need to.
I guess the ribber is useful but I found that as the yarn for the bond was 'large' it was quick to do any ribs/effects on knitting needles or with transfer tool and so I used the machine in addition to hand knitting, easily going back and forth on waste yarn as needed. I did everything with the Bond that the Bond was advertised to do, including extending it, and that for me is an excellent machine.

I do have a Brother standard and never in a million years would I consider doing the same with that (thinner yarns), and so have a ribber for it. There's a place, and a pocket, for every machine.

My two machines are not the same and I don't expect them to be. I don't know the Knit Smart System, but I'm happy where I am now so don't investigate (much).

Fingers are crossed for your Lotto win!!!
 
          
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