Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business sports weddings
CostHelper > Recreation & Activities  > Knitting Machine

Knitting Machine Cost


How Much Does a Knitting Machine Cost?

 
low costHand-operated Plastic Machines: $10-$50average costBasic Models: $150-$500high costAdvanced: $750-$2,500
post Post  

Manually-operated knitting looms are faster and easier than hand-knitting, and electrically powered machines are even faster still. Knitters either love these machines or disdain them, and avid machine knitters say using them takes a unique set of skills and creativity.

Typical costs:

  • Hand-operated plastic knitting "machines" are around $10-$50; check for strong construction and durability. More durable wooden hand looms or frames cost about $10-$25 each; you'll need several for different projects or weights of yarn. Whether plastic or wood, these "machines" are advertised as requiring no knitting experience. They're faster than hand knitting, but usually not as flexible in the range of stitching styles produced. Some of the plastic machines are designed as children's toys; others are aimed at adult hobbyists who want to produce basic knit products more quickly and in larger quantities.
  • Electric machines start around $150-$500 for basic hobby models that will craft sweaters, afghans and other projects; average $750-$1,100 for versions with punch-card programming, wider needle beds and more stitching options; and run $1,000-$2,500 or more for wide-needle-bed models with computerized pattern programming and other features. Accessories start at $5-$100 for small attachments or tools but can run $250-$1,000 or more for options such as an additional needle bed. Currently the main manufacturers are Artisan, Bond[1] and Silver Reed[2] .
  • Yarn is always the main cost of any knitting project; knitting machines can use any yarns intended for hand knitting (although some yarns work better than others) but for power knitting machines it's simpler (and sometimes cheaper) to use yarns wound on cones, because they're sold in larger lots. Standard yarn costs $15-$45 on one-pound cones, but can run $50-$75 or more for a similar cone of lightweight or specialty yarn. Enough yarn for a simple scarf starts around $5-$10, but can be $80-$100 for extremely expensive yarns, such as pure cashmere. As with hand-knitting, material for a basic sweater starts around $25-$50, but can run as high as $200 or more depending on the yarn and the style of the sweater.
  • Free online machine knitting patterns are available from BackToBackKnits.com, ClearwaterKnits.com[3] , Suzanne Glass Machine Knitting and Machine-Knit.com.
  • How-to and pattern books/videos/DVDs[4] can cost $5-$90, and a subscription to Knitwords, a quarterly magazine on machine knitting[5] , is $30 a year.
  • Computer software ranges from $50-$100 for simple design programs to $500 or more for complex software which allows you to translate your own drawings into machine patterns.
Related articles: Knitting and Crocheting, Embroidery, Needlepoint or Cross Stitch, Quilting

What should be included:
  • Manually operated frames or looms contain a row or rows of pegs; yarn is looped around the pegs in various ways to create different stitches.
  • Each electric knitting machine works best with a certain weight of yarn, either light or bulky. Many machine knitters own several models, to use with different yarns. KnittersReview.com gives a good overview of knitting machines[6] .
Additional costs:
  • Be sure every option you need is included in the total price quote; for some machines, the computerized software and hardware ($500-$1,000) is sold separately from the actual knitting machine.
Shopping for a knitting machine:
  • Yarn-Store.com provides an overview of what you should know before buying a knitting machine[7] . Machine-Knit.com posts clubs, dealers and other knitting machine resources and the Knittin' To It Knit Club lists retail outlets for knitting machines[8] .
post Post  
CostHelper News


7 Fireplace and Wood Stove Safety Steps To Do This Week
Gathering around a wood stove or fireplace on a cold winter night can be wonderful experience, but it's crucial to not take basic safety for granted. || Posted November 12 2013


10 Quick and Inexpensive Home Makeover Projects To Do Before Holiday Guests Arrive
Having friends and family gather for the holidays is traditionally considered a heartwarming idea -- but the mere thought of it can also be heart-stopping if they're planning on staying at your place, and you realize your home is looking less than it. || Posted November 18 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With a Knitting Machine
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.bond-america.com/
  2.  www.knitcraft.com/silver/index.php
  3.  www.clearwaterknits.com/freepats/freepats.html
  4.  www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_gw/102-4684780-9639314?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-k...
  5.  www.knitwords.com/
  6.  www.knittersreview.com/print.asp?article=/review/product/050929_a.asp
  7.  www.yarn-store.com/hand-and-machine-knitting-the-differences-and-similarities.html
  8.  home.mindspring.com/~stylist/id16.html
More Recreation & Activities Topics
Check Out All Costs for Recreation & Activities How Much Does an Acoustic Guitar Cost? How Much Does Knitting and Crocheting Cost? How Much Does a Fireworks Display Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Locksmith
Paid: 95.00
I left my keys inside... [more]
-Pepi44
Locksmith Cost
Commercial and residential power washing and window cleaning
Paid: 350.00
This company is truly amazing, I've never felt so satisfied after seeing the transformation of my home. I had green grime and algae growing rampid in the front my home. Within a few hours my home along with my deck was spotless... [more]
-Emanuel 1
Window Cleaning Cost
ER visit.
Paid: 9040.00
Thought I was having a heart attack, went to ER... [more]
-Omie
EKG Cost
Tune up
Paid: 384.00
Feel ripped off.Nearly $400 for a tune up. All that was done was a spark plug replacement and fuel induction service... [more]
-Sam Wise
Tune-up Cost
dented our friendhip
Paid: 300.00
I was asked to be MOH and other bridesmaid was out of town. She agreed to be financial co-host. Offered bride shower for 12-15 people. She said she would invite 40. My small house could barely accommodate... [more]
-70s gal
Bridal Shower Cost
Pet sat 2 dogs small poodle and medium Maltese
Paid: 140.00
Friday night to Monday AM, fed both dogs a total of 6 times, administered allergy eye drops to 1 of dogs, total of 6 times and spent the night with them 2 nights... [more]
-Pet Content While You're Away
Pet Sitting Cost