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Posted - 12/10/2010 :  9:49:45 PM  Show Profile Send nerston a Private Message  Reply with Quote
My Mum was a HUGE machine knitter til she lost most of her sight. Any thoughts on a machine with plastic needles (metal needles pose too much risk of injury). I've seen the Innovations on line, but are there others or other thoughts?
Cheers, Alison

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Posted - 12/11/2010 :  1:07:09 PM  Show Profile  Visit Maggi's Homepage Send Maggi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi Alison

Sorry to hear about your mum's lost sight, my Mum had glaucoma and lost her sight in her 80's and unfortunately I have inherited it, but at present mine is under control and my eyesight ok - re knitting machines, I understand your worries re metal knitting machine needles - I do not know of any models that have plastic machine needles, I would assume they would be too fragile. I would have thought size of needles would be more important, so she can feel them if not see them, and the machines that are light and reasonable easy to knit with and have a hand knit feel are perhaps models like the Knitmaster Zippy 90 - you often see them on Ebay - they are on a plastic bed with a plastic carriage and knit a variety of yarns such as double knitting, chunky or mohair for instance. If you want to read about some knitting machines including the Zippy, take a look at my website. It has loads of pics and my own notes about these machines. Another machine might be the Bond Classic and this can still be bought new, but it does not have a yarn tensioner ie you lay the yarn over the needles, and it all depends upon how much sight left your mum has. Another one coming to mind is the SimpleFrame, but please bear in mind, these machine all have metal needles. Hope this is helpful to you, being someone who (ok so machine knits, ) I would be lost without it. Maggi
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