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 Silver Reed LK 150??? or Brother KX 350???
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callwool
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Posted - 02/02/2009 :  2:02:55 PM  Show Profile Send callwool a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi,
I am NEW to machine knitting but not to hand knitting. I am looking to get a machine under $500. What is the best knitting machine you can recommend for that price? Also, I have heard some good things about the LK 150 and the KX 350, can anyone tell me the difference between these to machines? What should I look out for and be aware of when purchasing a knitting machine?

Thank you

callwool
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Posted - 02/02/2009 :  2:08:36 PM  Show Profile Send callwool a Private Message  Reply with Quote
continued:
I also am a hand spinner and would like a machine I can use with my hand spun yarn. So something with as much flexibility in yarn type as possible.

Thanks
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Bernie
Chatty Knitter

Canada
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Posted - 02/03/2009 :  02:45:03 AM  Show Profile Send Bernie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Hi: Both machines are comparable as far as what they can do, however, the LK150 is a 6.5mm machine and the KX350 is a 7mm machine, so very little difference in the needle size. How this is your handspun yarn, if it's comparable to a light worsted weight either of these machine is great, but if it is thicker worsted, I would recommend looking at either the SK155 (singer machine) or Brother 260 they will knit the heavier worsted no problem. Do you have a local store where you can check out machines, and possibly get lessons.
If you need more information let me know.
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callwool
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Posted - 02/07/2009 :  11:06:36 PM  Show Profile Send callwool a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you for the advice. After taking your advice to heart and doing a bunch more research I purchased a Silver Reed SK 160. It will arrive in two days so wish me luck. No, I don't have anywhere I can take lessons but I have taught myself a lot of different difficult things before and came out the other end alright, so hopefully this would work just fine. I did want to know, do you recommend any books on the subject, including informational and pattern books?

Thank you for your help.
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Mary Howard
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Posted - 01/25/2013 :  10:37:03 AM  Show Profile Send Mary Howard a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Call wool, have you been successful teaching yourself on the LK? I have had the 150 for several yrs and am not proficient. What publications and such have you found useful?
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