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.
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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.
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