Website change - the site will be offline for a while.
Please note that the Knitting Machine Museum website will be offline for a couple of weeks
whilst I attempt to revamp it and set it up on a new server -
only hope my skills are up to it.
Godaddy wants me to upgrade but in doing so I lose
certain elements of this site including the forum and photo storage – plus I have noticed some websites on here have upgraded and landed up with a site that appears to be too big for the screen. As I have to completely redo the whole thing anyway – I have come to the conclusion that I may as well do it with a better site builder. I hope to retain my web address and that things go smoothly – so wish me luck! I am still contactable at my email addresses below.
With the advent of electronics, knitting machines, perhaps coupled with Designaknit and other software, began to appeal to a wider market - making it easier to produce individually designed knitwear, We began to appreciate fitting, and shape, this coupled with a great choice of quality yarns and easier patterning methods, helped even the less skilled come up with an individual knit.
In contrast, take a look at the early books produced by Knitmaster, in those days, the patterns were very sophisticated and knitted on the most basic machines. Beautiful coat, suit and dress patterns were printed, and they were all fitted - remember in the 50's and 60's there was not such a wide choice of yarns and even these were very expensive. I take my hat off to these early designers, it must have taken the patience of a saint to knit that stuff on such basic machines.
Singer Patterning System
and what happened next?
After an initial flourish, manufacturers began to produce from about the 1960's onward, better and easier to use domestic machines that were inexpensive. As the domestic machine became more and more sophisticated and demand increased, the yarn also became cheaper. Good news perhaps?
Not quite, in the 1990's knitting machines began to get seriously expensive, with more of what were standard attachments being sold as extras, sadly thus the demise began. Some terrible patterns were published for all to see, that highlighted what the machines could do but lacked shape and finesse, knitting machine magazines disappearing, yarn costs rising and cheap manufactured knitwear all helped to sound the death knell.