i recently recieved a knitking knitting machine, some of the needles have some light rust on them and I am in the process of cleaning it. Does anyone know if this is a standard knitting machine or a bulky. It is an AM3 KnitKing. I may need to purchase some new needles. Also I have been on line looking for patterns to try and I can't find any (cheap). I am an experienced hand knitter. Am thinking of getting one issue of "knitting Machine Monthly". Has anyone used this magazine and is it worth the money?
machine size refers to the width between needles...tape measures have metric on one side and standard on the reverse...just measure ... it will be 4.5 mm or 9 mm in most cases,,, the former is standard and the larger is bulky. since it's a knitking (brother), it is more than likely a standard, but you will have to confirm.
Here's a link to Angelinkaknits-this list of all the machines will help you out greatly. I recently ordered needles for my machine on ebay and they worked just fine. You can also take needles from the far ends of the machine and move them to the center and replace the outside needles with the rusty ones. This works as a temp. measure quite well.
also just google Free Machine Knit patterns and you should find some that way.
If it has two hundred needles it's a standard machine. Bulky machines usually have 110
also I have subscribed to MKM ,and found articles helpful, but I rarely knitted anything from the mags, Stopped subscribing now and sold the lot.
Thank you so much for your help. I will check it out.
Unlike the earlier post, I subscribe to Machine Knitting monthly, even though the price is rather exorbitant for a pensioner, and I use quite a few of the patterns. their real value is in all the instructional articles, more for Brother, Toyota, knitmaster type machines than Passap and Bond but there are articles for all machines in these magazines. Buy one and see if you think it will be useful. check on Ebay or Trade Me and you will probably be able to find second hand ones at a reasonable price.
I have found Machine knitting Monthly a marvelous source for many things, from patterns to tutorials. I didn't subscribe (economy!) but would pick one up now and then. Hope to get back to machine knitting!
The AM3 is a standard. It is also a great machine to use as it does alot of patterns using the little wheels.
I have one in my "collection" but have not used it in a while as I also have a Brother 940.
If you cannot find needles, just take a needle or two from each end and insert them where you need them as it is unlikely that you will use the full needlebed.
If you join the "antique machine knitters " site in Yahoo groups, you will find lots of patterns and the original 10 lessons.
Hope this helps.
Forgot to mention that I also subscribe to Machine Knitting Monthly and it is a fabulous magazine with lots of patterns and tips. It is the best machine knitting magazine on the market and well worth getting. The subscriptions are also alot cheaper than buying it in a bookstore. You can use any pattern that calls for a standard.
Me again! Just noticed that someone suggested replacing the sponge bar. This machine does not have a sponge bar. It has a cord that looks like string as a needle retainer. I have replace mine using ordinary cotton string of the same weight and it works just fine. To replace, unscrew the screws on the top and lift the top off and remove the old string and insert the new and carefully hold everything in place and screw the top back on.
Hope this helps.