: I am not sure what the original post consisted of, but as a follow-up
: to the replies:
: I wanted a knitting machine for 4 years, before I took the plunge.
: I studied the different quality machines, different manufacturers,
: etc. I constantly watched the info-mercials for "The Incredible
: Sweater Machine".
: In the end, I decided to go whole hog. I bought the top-of-the-line
: Brother 965i. It has 700 patterns built in, computer interface,
: and everything you could want. It also came with free classes and
: constant support from the owner of the shop. From the shop, there
: is the knitting "club".
: I have heard horror stories from some of the women, about the cheapies.
: At the same time one lady bought 2 old Brother machines with many
: attachments and nifty gizmos, at a flea market for "$30".
: It depends on how serious the buyer is. I would have started small,
: but I decided I had waited long enough, and I wanted it all. I have
: considered buying a cheapy, for thicker yarn.
: You have the fine->sport weight yarn machines, or the bulky sport
: weight->chunky yarn. Again it depends on what you want to knit.
: I got the finer one, because I wanted to make clothes, but I like
: making afghans, so I have looked into a cheapy, but I like the
: features of the more expensive machines.
: Another option is find a dealer in your area, because most people
: that have the more expensive machines, upgrade. So the stores have
: these machines, at a good price, usually with some warantee attached.
: The dealers, if you buy a used machine will usually offer classes,
: at a reasonable rate, to help get you hooked.
: Sorry to ramble, but this has become something I am very familiar
: with, and love knitting.
: Good luck
Glad to hear about your experience with the 965i. It is a fine machine. I
have had Brothers starting out many years ago with a manual bulky and
have moved upward as more sophisticated machines came on the market. I
have never been sorry about upgrading. If you want to make afghans, you
can do it with the weaving technique. You can use any weight or type of
yarn you want. There are several afghan books on the market, or you can
do your own designing -- more fun that way. Weaving is also a good way to
use up odd bits of yarn which tend to accumulate over the years. Too
good to throw away and too little for a sweater. Do you know that you can
also interface a computer program directly with your 965i? rhona