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Jun 15, 2017 16:59:06   #
Wool nut
I am thinking of buying a CSM but I need to specify the size of 2 cylinders and ribbers That I want with it. Well the honest truth is I have no idea. Could members that have a machine give some advise please. I would like to make socks for all the family, babies to size 10 men's.
Thanks everyone.
Jun 15, 2017 17:03:48   #
luree (a regular here)
Interested to get an answer.
Jun 15, 2017 17:09:20   #
Is this of any help to you ?
Jun 15, 2017 17:24:44   #
I can't wait to see more information. I have one, and really need to learn how to use it.
Jun 15, 2017 17:52:23   #
There are sock machine groups throughout the country. I own 2 machines. The cylinder I use most is 72. I also own a 54, for making heavier socks, but don't use it that much. There are many different ways to make socks on these machines. The sock convention is in Massachusetts this year, but they have it in different parts of the country every year. I'm in New Hampshire, if you are up this way, give me a shout. My group meets every month at the state rest area in Salem, NH. It is called Socks by the side of the road .
Jun 15, 2017 19:02:53   #
Wool nut
Thanks for that information.
Do need to change a cylinder to make different size socks. My thinking is that I would need the smallest cylinder for baby socks and increase cylinder size with foot size. Is that right, or am I completely off track?
Jun 15, 2017 21:16:58   #
No, you can change the tension and row counts for different size socks.
I have not made baby socks on mine, but there are directions on line for this. You can use alot of different sizes of yarn in these machines, you may be limited by the hook size, they sell bigger size hooks for them. The learning curve on these machines are steep, but with a good teacher and machine, you could be making socks soon
Jun 16, 2017 05:57:42   #
I have a 72 with a 36 ribber and using sock weight yarn at a small tension it will make big enough socks for a man. I also have a 60 with a 30 ribber which I actually use more often. The same yarn and tension give a women's size sock. A 90 needle 2x1 rib is big enough around that knee high socks are possible, still using thin yarn and small tension. You can use less needles too. Today I made some felted chair socks with 30 needles on the 60 cylinder, made he tension pretty big and used a little thicker yarn (sport weight). They felted down to the perfect diameter for my chairs.
Jun 16, 2017 06:58:42   #
I use a 72 cylinder/ 36 ribber to make socks that fit a woman's small (but wide) to a man's medium.
For smaller socks, I use the 54 and appropriate ribber, either the 27 or 36. By going every-other-needle, you can make infant socks.
For a long run of women's sizes, I'll put on the 64 cylinder/32 ribber.
For men's size 14 and up, I'll use a 84/42.
Jun 16, 2017 08:04:33   #
I would go with a 60 and a 72. Also, I would recommend buying ribbers that have the same number of slots as opposed to half as many -- it gives you more options.

This is one of many Facebook groups where you can ask questions:
Jun 16, 2017 09:26:54   #
We will be having our annual conference on August 3-5 at UMass in Amherst MA. Join us and any get answers to all of your questions. We will have three mentors available. Their sole job is to make sure your machine is running smoothly. We have 7 teachers, instructing on a variety of topics.

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Jun 16, 2017 09:29:43   #
lovethelake wrote:
I can't wait to see more information. I have one, and really need to learn how to use it.

Our organization has many sock machine knitters in the VA area. Join our organization, just $30.00 for a thre year membership. And join us at the annual conference being held in Amherst, MA this year.
Jun 16, 2017 12:39:59   #
Where do you live? I have a Erlbacher Gearhart sock machine with the 72 and 54 cylinders. One ribber fits both cylinders. I use the 72 for most socks but I have used the 54 with heaver yarn to knot scarves.
Jun 16, 2017 16:45:20   #
Did you know there is a CSM section here on KP? Check it out.
Jun 16, 2017 23:43:57   #
AmandaR wrote:
I would go with a 60 and a 72. Also, I would recommend buying ribbers that have the same number of slots as opposed to half as many -- it gives you more options.

I agree with this ribber suggestion 100%.
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