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Chicki Posted - 12/03/2007 : 6:21:46 PM
Hi, I was wondering what the feedback is on the brother KX350? I may have the chance to buy a used one and was wondering what price would be fair?

Thanks
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miggice Posted - 11/29/2009 : 04:00:35 AM
I have a KX 395, which is very similar to the 350 (except that it is a 4.5mm/9.0mm gauge), and I bought my sponge strip from http://www.junebugsplace.com/index.htm. Carol is wonderfully helpful, and even taught me how to replace it.
amoonsinger Posted - 07/25/2009 : 08:02:50 AM
Sometimes you have to call them. I have bought both of my 350's sponge strips from Needle Tek and received them very fast. They are not open on Friday or the weekends so contact them via email during those days. I just find it easier to call during the week.

Mary
LadyLiberty Posted - 07/21/2009 : 01:41:48 AM
Nothing on those sites about a sponge for a KX-350.... :(
Bernie Posted - 03/20/2009 : 02:51:26 AM
Hi: At needle tek website, click on parts and then on needle retainer. That is the other name for the sponge bars.
Bernie Posted - 03/20/2009 : 02:38:29 AM
Hi: First of all they are different gauge machines. The KX350 is a plastic bed mid-gauge machine, sport weight yarn is mostly used on this machine. It has no patterning capabilities, so all pattern work would be hand manipulated.
The 321 is a standard gauge machine, it is a metal bed machine and has punchards to do patterning, baby yarn is used on this machine.
As to which is better it depends on which yarn you use the most. The other point is the on the KX350 all ribbing is done by hand or by dropping stitches and latching them up. The 321 can have a ribber attached.
Hope this helps.
shoney Posted - 03/18/2009 : 4:59:38 PM
What is the difference between Brother KX-350 Home Knitter Machine & Singer Studio 321 Punchcard? Which is better & why? Thanks!
shoney Posted - 03/18/2009 : 4:43:12 PM
I wanted to check out sponge bar at the Needle Tek website but there was error in the search. Did I do something wrong?
amoonsinger Posted - 03/12/2009 : 08:14:09 AM
On the 350 after a new sponge is put in the needles should only move it you or the carriage push them. If they are still moving then the sponge could be to thin to keep them in place.

Did you purchase a sponge just for this machine? You can get them through Needle Tek for a reasonable price, something around 8-9 dollars (plus shipping of a couple of dollars) oh that is US money.

Jinks Posted - 03/05/2009 : 12:28:23 AM
Hi, can someone please advise me if the needles are very loose on the KX350 after it has been fitted with a new sponge bar. The carriage is jamming when needles are put into B, C or D position. When the carriage is taken off from the jamb, it appears that the needle that is jamming the carriage has dropped down further than the needles the carriage has passed over. If 5 needles are pulled out to a knitting position, the carriage seems to go over the first 2 needles and then jams on about the 3rd needle, but when carriage is taken off that 3 needles is a lot lower than the other 2. When needles are pulled out to the holding position, there is a lot of play in the needles. Looking forward to any replies.
regards
Jinks
New Zealand
Jinks Posted - 03/05/2009 : 12:25:35 AM
Hi, can someone please advise me if the needles are very loose on the KX350 after it has been fitted with a new sponge bar. The carriage is jamming when needles are put into B, C or D position. When the carriage is taken off from the jamb, it appears that the needle that is jamming the carriage has dropped down further than the needles the carriage has passed over. If 5 needles are pulled out to a knitting position, the carriage seems to go over the first 2 needles and then jams on about the 3rd needle, but when carriage is taken off that 3 needles is a lot lower than the other 2. When needles are pulled out to the holding position, there is a lot of play in the needles. Looking forward to any replies.
regards
Jinks
New Zealand
amoonsinger Posted - 02/20/2009 : 08:01:47 AM
Well, I paid under $50 for two different Brother KX 350 machines and the shipping cost was (as I remember) under $20 for each, and I got those machines off of ebay.

Yes you will find that some auctions go high, but others do not. I won the two auctions in just a little over week from each other. You just have to keep a constant watch on the bidding and not go to high.

Other places to watch are craigslist, and the for sale knitting groups at yahoo. There are a couple just for knitting machines and/or parts. Most of those are way expensive but something cheaper does come up from time to time, like recently I bought a 400 carriage for my 350 for only $30. Yes that is almost as much as my machines, but these carriages are hard to come by and usually sale for much more.

The main thing is to keep that watch on ebay. Also be sure to click the search in title and description. Sometimes you find things in the oddest places. You sometimes have to be very patient in watching, but good deals are to be had. Heck I only paid $17 for my knitleader and that's a steal.
noraxis Posted - 02/05/2009 : 8:57:52 PM
I am curious as to find out where you are finding these machines so cheap. I looked on ebay and they are going for over a hundred shipped. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks
TiggerPooh2380 Posted - 08/08/2008 : 8:13:23 PM
I have a Incredible Sweater Machine, and a couple other machines I havent figured out how to use (lol). I have the chance to purchase a KX350 for $60.00 which comes with manual, video, row counter...etc I am just wondering if there is a big difference between the Incredible Sweater Machine and the KX350.. I know they are different, but I am wondering if it does pretty much the same thing. Main reason Im even thinking about it is for the row counter.

Thanks for any and all input

Sarah
gulf knitter Posted - 06/29/2008 : 11:39:37 AM
I do not use mine much any more, but I have had a 350 for about 14 years, and it has been a fun tool. I purchased mine used, but it was ten years before I had to replace the sponge strip. sarah.
Jesse Pforzheimer Posted - 06/05/2008 : 8:34:17 PM
Hey Folks I hope I am not breaking any rules, but I am parting with my KX350 and figured I would ask anyone here if they were interested. It has everything including the video which is worth watching for both instruction and novelty entertainment.

Like I said I just figured I would put it out there. If anyone is interest please email me and we can discuss. I have a few pics if wanted as well, but like I said it honestly is in great shape (may need a sponge as I haven't used it in at least two years) and comes with all original items including the box. If I don't hear from anyone I will probably put it up on ebay soon.

Thanks
amoonsinger Posted - 05/17/2008 : 9:25:48 PM
I just recently bought two Brother KX350's from ebay. Watch the auctions there as there have been lots of these machines up for auction lately.

As usual the sponge needed to be replaced and I got mine from Needle Tek. I ordered two of them and got them last week. They were $8.95 each.

Replacing the sponge was a three hour job after I took all the needles and cleaned them. Putting the sponge in and getting the needles back in was the three hour part, but wow was it worth it.

I love the way this machine handles worsted weight yarn. Now I can hardly wait for my carriage to get here for my bulky KH230 machine. I am going to try replacing the sponge on the bar myself.

A good travel machine, if you don't mind a smaller gauge, a 4.5 machine, is the Brother KH341. That is a fold up machine that has it's own carry case. I have one and it works great, doesn't have a sponge that needs to be replace and your work can fold up right on the needles to carry with you.

Mary
gulf knitter Posted - 04/04/2008 : 12:16:15 PM
I have one I paid $75 for used about 13 years ago. I have used it for several items, though not recently. It is no replacement for real knitting, but still an interesting tool. My finishing skill improved dramatically after I started using it, because I still finished everything by hand -- that was a fun bonus. sarah.
ilerner Posted - 04/04/2008 : 11:54:09 AM
Hi, I am looking to buy a KX350 with a video. Does anyone know who is selling one? I am new to the machine knititng and trying to learn how to use Passap at home, but I really want a smaller machine to travel with.
Thank you.
Inna
Deedum Posted - 03/10/2008 : 5:29:40 PM
I've just bought some sponge bars and needles from www.theknittingcloset.com and they were great to work with plus their prices were the lowest of all the web sites I checked. I know this comes too late for your show, but I definitely recommend them for any future needs.


Deedum
Smiley Posted - 02/24/2008 : 06:38:43 AM
Thanks alot, Bernie. I sent them an email and hope to hear something soon! Have a wonderful day........

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