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Jul 12, 2017 22:31:42   #
MunchkinMommy
 
I'm looking at purchasing a knitting machine, and someone on Facebook has her deceased mother's Singer 560 machine with the K and L cartridge and the SRP ribber (this is what she has told me). She sent pictures and the machine looks to be in excellent condition. We discussed price, and we both don't really know what would be a fair price for this machine. She's not a knitter, and doesn't really know what it's worth. You lovely KP-ers are full of knowledge, so I pose this topic.
 
Jul 12, 2017 23:16:35   #
MegsyStylish
 
A quick search on eBay shows one current listing at approx. $562 US (machine is in the UK).

The Singer 560 is an electronic machine, and there are quite a few components required for full use. You may want to follow this link to inventory all included/required parts: http://machineknittingetc.com/knitmaster-550-560-operation-knitting-machine-instruction-manual.html

There is more than one "SRP" ribber, but the critical functions are part of the main machine.

The L carriage was optional, and is valuable as well, $150 - $200.

Please understand, if this machine has been sitting unused for awhile, it will need an investment of time and money to get it fully operational again. 99.9% certain the sponge bars (Needle Retainer in the manual, barely mentioned, as it was assumed that the dealer would replace that) needs replacement, also likely that the side racks (small grey corrugated pieces at the back of each end of the needle bed). Then the needle pulling and cleaning can begin.

You will also want to read far enough into the manual(s) to learn how to set up and test the electronic components, especially the mylar card reader. These are notorious for failing with age - they use an optical eye to read the pattern cards, which are very difficult to replace.
Jul 13, 2017 00:13:58   #
wendyacz (a regular here)
 
Here in Ontario, Canada, these machines range from $600-1200 on Kijiji.
Jul 13, 2017 06:44:36   #
MunchkinMommy
 
Thank you. She says the machine was refurbished shortly before her mom passed, and is willing to sell it for $1,100. While that seems like a good price, it's more than I'm able to spend.
Jul 13, 2017 07:32:44   #
gajh
 
It may be a good price for her. Do your leg work on line and make a good offer for you. If you do the work you should save. If she is too lazy to look around and do the research to know a good price why give her that much money. I start the bartering at about $600. and negotiate.
Otherwise isn't it on E-bay with a time post? MegksyStylish gave you the Canadian range.
Jul 13, 2017 09:23:33   #
Azzara
 
The SK 560 was the only model of the SK family that had the lace carriage INCLUDED in the price as a package. The SK 580 was marketed the usual way with the lace carriage as an option.
http://www.aboutknittingmachines.com/sr-by-model-~-accessories.html

MegsyStylish wrote:
A quick search on eBay shows one current listing at approx. $562 US (machine is in the UK).

The Singer 560 is an electronic machine, and there are quite a few components required for full use. You may want to follow this link to inventory all included/required parts: http://machineknittingetc.com/knitmaster-550-560-operation-knitting-machine-instruction-manual.html

There is more than one "SRP" ribber, but the critical functions are part of the main machine.

The L carriage was optional, and is valuable as well, $150 - $200.

Please understand, if this machine has been sitting unused for awhile, it will need an investment of time and money to get it fully operational again. 99.9% certain the sponge bars (Needle Retainer in the manual, barely mentioned, as it was assumed that the dealer would replace that) needs replacement, also likely that the side racks (small grey corrugated pieces at the back of each end of the needle bed). Then the needle pulling and cleaning can begin.

You will also want to read far enough into the manual(s) to learn how to set up and test the electronic components, especially the mylar card reader. These are notorious for failing with age - they use an optical eye to read the pattern cards, which are very difficult to replace.
A quick search on eBay shows one current listing a... (show quote)
 
Jul 13, 2017 09:36:32   #
Azzara
 
wendyacz wrote:
Here in Ontario, Canada, these machines range from $600-1200 on Kijiji.

I have bought several SK 560 sets for considerably less then that, here in Ontario. (Cambridge to London area) A SK 560 USUALLY sells for only a bit above a SK 700 set. Why? The electronics are old and there are a lot of them out there. Usually is a key word here.
The difference is looking at listings on a FOR SALE site and researching the price of items that have SOLD. If a machine has sat on Kijiji for 4 weeks, then it is priced too high for the market, at that time. There is some variation in prices depending on the season.
I am shopping for 2 machines for students/friends, at the moment and when I see the right machine offered at the right price it will be sold it immediately.
Jul 13, 2017 09:41:35   #
JaniceK
 
The manual for my SK560 appears to show the KM as originally sold had 2 package options - either w/ a lace carriage OR w/ a ribber. Over the years many of the LCs got separated from the KMs.

My personal opinion is that $1,100 is a little high. I think no more than around $700 would be a fair price for a 560 + LC + ribber set up - even if all are in pristine condition.
Jul 13, 2017 09:45:26   #
Macon
 
MunchkinMommy wrote:
I'm looking at purchasing a knitting machine, and someone on Facebook has her deceased mother's Singer 560 machine with the K and L cartridge and the SRP ribber (this is what she has told me). She sent pictures and the machine looks to be in excellent condition. We discussed price, and we both don't really know what would be a fair price for this machine. She's not a knitter, and doesn't really know what it's worth. You lovely KP-ers are full of knowledge, so I pose this topic.


It is best to buy local pickup/roadtrip Or, a reputable dealer/or reseller of knitting machines.

Many Knitting machines arrive damaged during shipping. They fall off of the conveyor belts into large hoppers. If, the machine is 1st in line, it is often a 4 ft drop and will become damaged. Over packaging is very necessary. Those who are not familiar with knitting machines don't understand.i.e estate sale.
Jul 13, 2017 10:59:19   #
MegsyStylish
 
Interesting! All the marketing gambits, all the patent infringement avoidance, all these machines that do the same things, just in different ways with different parts.
Jul 13, 2017 11:02:59   #
Azzara
 
MegsyStylish wrote:
Interesting! All the marketing gambits, all the patent infringement avoidance, all these machines that do the same things, just in different ways with different parts.

Different countries also changes things in the marketing. The companies just couldn't keep it simple....LOL
 
Jul 13, 2017 12:33:48   #
JaniceK
 
To MunchkinMommy: I just noticed that you are in GEORGIA and sent you a Private Message.

Click at the top of the screen page where it says "Private Messages".

Janice
Jul 13, 2017 13:10:48   #
randiejg (a regular here)
 
I agree that the price seems quite high, especially for an electronic machine of that age.
Jul 14, 2017 12:39:03   #
susieknitter (a regular here)
 
I know machines are a lot cheaper in the UK but even so the price she is asking does seem extremely high to me. The following on E-Bay UK is £295 or highest offer.........http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Knitmaster-electronic-SK-560-knitting-machine-Ribber-etc/142442379659

Around 10 years ago I sold my SK560, with everthing that you could want/get to go with it plus some yarn, for £140. Maybe I should have hung on to it for a few years and been willing to ship, or maybe I was just stupid.
Jul 14, 2017 14:39:21   #
Macon
 
Been there, done that. And later rebought another one the same make and model.

Fashion,garment styles and yarns, change over time and then they become popular again. A gal has got to have the right machine to knit them. 👍
 
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