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Aug 6, 2017 13:56:39   #
Maryknits513
 
I was at Stitches Midwest, a large hand knitting conference, on Friday and Saturday, with several other guild members. Interknits Machine Knitters Guild has a booth where we are MKing hats for Halos of Hope and showing what can be knit on an LK-150. I had so much fun demonstrating different technique. If a child would be with the adult, I helped the child knit an Icord "bracelet" in a color they chose. The youngest was a 3 year old boy!!

I lost count of how many HKers said their mother, grandmother, aunt,etc. have or had a knitting machine. Many have one, but don't know how to use it. I showed them a few things, then we gave list of resources and recommended YouTube videos. If they lived close enough, we invited them to attend a guild meeting.

Pictures from the Interknit booth will be up on the website in a couple days. www.interknitmk.org

I didn't actually complete any knit items, but left the conference feeling very happy!!
 
Aug 6, 2017 13:59:02   #
lawstevens
 
Is the LK-150 really worth investing in and is it still maintained by the manufacturer?
Aug 6, 2017 17:26:55   #
susanjoy (a regular here)
 
It is still available new at various places in the UK. Might be worth doing some research for where you live and see what's available.
Aug 6, 2017 18:52:56   #
lawstevens
 
Isn't it made by Singer?
Aug 6, 2017 19:21:27   #
Macon
 
lawstevens wrote:
Is the LK-150 really worth investing in and is it still maintained by the manufacturer?


Yes, it is.
Great machine for a new or returning knitter.
Aug 6, 2017 20:06:43   #
mtnmama67
 
Thanks for sharing!! What fun tat must have been!! Used to live in Chicago,many years ago..worked at Illinois Masonic Hospital,Level 1 Trauma ER - for 2 years - GREAT ER!!

Wish I could have been there!
 
Aug 6, 2017 20:52:54   #
Azzara (a regular here)
 
lawstevens wrote:
Isn't it made by Singer?

It was made by Singer, then it was made by Studio (Studio by White) and now it is Silver Reed. Wonderful machine.
Aug 7, 2017 01:52:43   #
Maryknits513
 
Azzara wrote:
It was made by Singer, then it was made by Studio (Studio by White) and now it is Silver Reed. Wonderful machine.


It was always made by Silver Reed. Studio and Singer wanted knitting machines with their names on them. Same with Brother and KnitKing. I thought knit Toyota and Elena machines are the same.
Aug 7, 2017 08:56:09   #
Ellie RD (a regular here)
 
I have a Singer LK-100 that I have never used. Your posting has encouraged me to get it out and try it. I had received lots of recommendations from MK's in the past about getting it in working order -- maybe I will have more time this winter. Thanks!
Aug 7, 2017 09:05:29   #
janeknits2
 
Where in WI are you? Dawn Oertel has a group that meets every Wednesday at Fiberwoods Studio. She is absolutely FANTABULOUS. There other machine knitters throughout the state always looking for friends to join them.
Aug 7, 2017 09:17:09   #
Ellie RD (a regular here)
 
janeknits2 wrote:
Where in WI are you? Dawn Oertel has a group that meets every Wednesday at Fiberwoods Studio. She is absolutely FANTABULOUS. There other machine knitters throughout the state always looking for friends to join them.

Outside of Milwaukee
 
Aug 7, 2017 10:37:41   #
lawstevens
 
Would you recommend the computerized Silver Reed over the LK-150?

Do they have the machine knitting seminars often? Are there good YouTube videos on how to use knitting machines (bond) that you think worth watching?
Aug 7, 2017 11:03:19   #
janeknits2
 
Sorry, I forgot to say that Fiberwoods Studio is in Milwaukee-2709 North 92nd Street. We have had Dawn two years in a row at Founders' Fest here in Minneapolis (back by demand the second year) she is a wonderful instructor - can't say enough good about her!
Aug 7, 2017 11:06:37   #
janeknits2
 
What machine to recommend varies from person to person. You have to ask yourself what you most like to knit and what weight yarn you like to work with. I prefer to let the yarn speak and work texture versus Fairisle and other color work that may be easier with computerized machines.
Aug 7, 2017 12:25:14   #
Maryknits513
 
Ellie RD wrote:
Outside of Milwaukee



The Eastern Wisconsin Machine Knitters Guild meets at the Germantown library on the 3rd Saturday of the month. http://www.easternwismachineknittingclub.com
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