Weaving Tricks & Hints for a Brother Knitting Machine

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Weaving Tricks & Hints for a Brother Knitting Machine
Start by making a large swatch. (ULTRA F/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Knitting machines can help those who want to knit but prefer not to do it by hand. With more components than a standard sewing machine, knitting machines come in a variety of models, each suited to a particular type of knitting and type of yarn. Although Brother no longer manufactures its line of knitting machines, tricks and tips assist those who still own one.

Machine Knitting Takes Perserverance

<p>Yarn-store.com advises that crafting with any knitting machine, including the Brother knitting machine, is, in fact, much more complicated than knitting by hand. Effectively using a Brother machine takes persistence and practice. Users need to learn how to use the Brother machine and the function of all its parts. When starting a new project, it helps to complete a large swatch first to be sure it comes out as desired before completing the entire project. Remember to remain patient if the yarn gets caught in the machine. Look for a dealer who specialises in the Brother knitting machines whom you can contact about the machine. Dealers can help you troubleshoot any problems that arise.

Choose the Correct Needles

According to daytips.com, you first need to determine the correct needles. Home use requires a Brother standard machine with 200 needles, spaced 4.5 millimetres apart. Those who are beginning a business should purchase one of Brother's bulk machines that have fewer needles with wider spacing. Generally, thicker yarn needs more space between needles. The standard machine can knit with thick or thin yarn but, due to the way the machine handles the thicker yarn, the final width of a knitted piece may be narrower.

A Note about Stitching Patterns

Brother manufactured two types of knitting machines --- a punch card and an electronic version. Daytips.com notes that the punch card version can create designs that are up to 224 stitches wide. One challenge with this machine, though, is that patterns must be either 24 stitches wide or in multiples of 24. The electronic version can make designs with one to nearly 200 stitches with no such restrictions.

Scrap Yarn

<p>Babyjanemachineknits.com provides an easy, fast way to keep track of scrap yarn using the Brother bulky 260 model, which has two receptacles for yarn feeders. A second yarn tension mast can be specifically threaded with scrap yarn. The site also explains how to knit fishnet lace using the Brother bulky 260 by employing card number one from the basic machine set of punch cards. Finally, this former Brother dealer explains how to ply custom yarn without a pricey yarn twister.

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