These are the most attractive machines ever; firstly they are encased in a sort of leather look fabric and are made of stainless steel. I have 2 of these machines and the first one is stainless steel bed and the 2nd seems to have a coating of some sort that dulls the look. They are well packed with extra stuff and certainly look the part.
Now to the most important part ie the knitting. These machines are seriously good quality and must have cost a bomb to manufacture. I had to do some serious cleaning to get them back to a reasonable state as this shed aint the best place for storage, however, once done I put the machine together and here are my observations. The books are basic and do not give nearly enough instruction on how to assemble but experience pays and I was able eventually to get the thing together, The worse part is the carriage which not only accommodates the handle but also the fabric press, and the yarn guide.
It’s a nice light machine and this goes for most machines of this age and it would be grand for
someone who has perhaps lost the ability to hand knit as its extremely easy to knit with.
Sadly lacking in the instruction department
However, the instructions are sadly lacking and therefore I feel unless you are familiar with knitting machines and their operation, it, as it seems with the ones I own, would be difficult to operate. I have several letters to the lady who bought this machine trying to iron out problems.
To knit stockinet is easy and smooth, and perhaps even basic slip stitches or hand stuff could be done with ease, after all it’s a standard gauge machine with 200 needles and thus accommodates up to 4 ply easily. Great for knitting baby stuff ect for instance or hand selected lace. One point that has to be made is that I seriously do not like the carriage tension attachment – it would have been so much better with an overhead tension bar.