Knitting machine general questions

Hello, I've been knitting for a little while now and am considering designing and selling sweaters. I want to be able to turn out some sweaters in a relatively faster time than handknitting. Here's what I've discovered in my few minutes of tip-of-the-iceberg research:
Using sport yarns to make my sweaters, I gather that a really durable and quality machine is a Silver Reed Mid-gauge. Though not the cheapest, the quality more than makes up for cost.

For several hundred dollars cheaper, is the Silver Reed L-150 (?). Does good work, but is made of plastic and could over time and production, become service needy.

I would like to know if anyone has any info on either of these machines or on machine knitting in general. Perhaps someone might suggest a better machine for my meager abilities?

Thanks, David

New York Built's picture

Hey David... I know the

Hey David...

I know the frustration of finding information about specific handwork or craft-based activity. However, be patient and persistent.

Machine knitters are about, congregate around each other and have very direct opinions and ideas. Try going on the book sales sites for literature on the subject...often there are affiliate interest communities listed.

Do the search engine look-see, but remember that most of these sites related to your interest will not be in the popular top-100 algorithm of Google or any other search engine. You will need to dig deep into the page pile.

Meta-search engines are better. I found this to be the case in my search for leather clothing makers, leather knitters and artisans who worked in the medium.

Good luck.

Mark

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QueerJoe's picture

Hi David... I own about

Hi David...

I own about three flat-bed knitting machines, but rarely use them. I realized after I learned how to use them, that machine knitting is a very different activity than hand-knitting, and I found out I wasn't overly found of the former.

For someone to go from never machine knitting to production knitting on a machine seems like a big jump given the learning curve of using a knitting machine and the upfront purchase costs.

I would suggest trying to find a local course in machine knitting if you can...especially if someone offers a course using the machine you're looking to purchase. Alternately, you may want to consider seeing if someone could loan you a machine to play with so you can see if you like it.

Perhaps not the kind of input you were looking for, but I hope it's at least useful.