There are very few fresh-out-of-the-box machines available these days. Which machine is best for you? It depends on what you are looking for. You have choices:
- Electronic, manual, punchcard
- Plastic or metal bed
- Needle pitch (gauge determines the weight of yarn to use)
- Delivery time
Silver Reed Models AvailableTerms: Standard, Mid, Bulky
- Standard with punchcard SK280 (optional ribber)
- Electronic Standard SK840 (optional ribber)
- Mid-gauge (plastic) LK150
Taitexma Models AvailableTerms: Standard, Mid, Bulky
Silver Reed AvailabilitySilver Reed machines are generally stocked and available for immediate shipment.
Taitexma AvailabilityTaitexma machines are made in Taiwan and are ordered in bulk. Expect your order to take approx 10-12 weeks for delivery.
Silver Reed NotesSilver Reed machines select the needles to pattern as the row is being knit. There is no "preview" of what needles are going to pattern.
Silver Reed machines use an external device for stitch patterns. Most commonly, knitters use a computer and DesignaKnit for stitch patterns. Using Cables, the computer sends the information to the knitting machine for selecting and de-selecting needles for stitch patterning. Another method is using a PE-1 Device for patterning.
Taitexma NotesTaitexma punchcard machines pre-select needles. (like the vintage Brother machines)
For example, if row 7 of the pattern selects every 3rd needle. after completing row 6, every 3rd needle is positioned to pattern on the NEXT row. This is as if you used a needle pusher and selected the patterning needles manually before knitting a row.
At this time Taitexma does not offer Electronic machines.
Sep 12, 2023
It is a lighter weight than my bulky Brother, but not much. Enough so that I can set it up without help.
It is packed really well for shipping.
It knits really well. I am enjoying learning the ribber with this machine, as well as simple techniques, The standard needles on my Brother are too small to be able to use to learn on. My Brother bulky KH260 with ribber is great, but I did not want to use yarns that heavy right now. The Taitexma TH/TR160 is great for learning and knitting. Very happy I bought it.
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