rennes

9.07.2011





There are a few things on my to buy equipment list - it's a rather short list but each item is very expensive, thus I haven't been able to purchase them. It includes:

+ a Bernina sewing machine (just a simple no frills one that I can travel with or use instead of the industrials)

+ a hot stamp machine or custom branding iron

+ a knitting machine

I'm usually picky about the equipment I buy - especially if I know it's something I hope to get a lot of use out of! But if money is tight and it's a hobby I'm just getting into, I think it's okay to start on the low end of the spectrum and work up. I had been wondering if the Ultimate Sweater Machine (First spotted at A.C. Moore) was going to be a piece of crap or not. The $150 price was appealing, even more so when you have one of their 50% off coupons. So after reading a few reviews I decided to go for it. It took me a few hours to get use to it but now it's quite fun, relaxing, and easy. The machine is a bit rickity and the carriage is flimsy, but it does the job A-okay, and for now, that's fine with me. I can't wait to make my first sweater on it! Nothing will replace hand knitting, but being able to go through stockinette that quickly, well, it's amazing.

8 comments:

EvaForeva said...

Julia,
I always wanted a knitting machine. When I was very little, my father bought one for me and I loved it but was too young for it. I am so curious to see how you like it and what you'd be able to make with it. Yay!

metrode said...

an exciting development! glad you've been able to get a nice result from your starter machine

ilana kohn said...

How funny! I JUST bought myself a new sewing machine this afternoon (happy early birthday to me!)! I got the Bernina 1008 and I definitely recommend it. Totally no frills but a workhorse.

Belinda [simple things] said...

I like what I see! There is something about knitting machines. They are mesmerising.

I have a Bernina. Her name is Nina and she has served me very well for many years. I recommend them.

spoon said...

ooh! how exciting--can't wait to see what you make!

Megan Taylor said...

I never even knew a knitting machine existed. This makes me want to pour some tea and get cozy!

julia / rennes said...

Thanks everyone! I can't wait to work on some projects with it- I'm thinking sweaters!

Kim said...

Julia! I'm glad I read this post! This is just the thing that I need so that I can produce more of my knitted baby stuff and put it up for sale. I just went and used my coupon today at Michael's and will be watching the instructional dvd as soon as I finish this comment.