As a fan of vintage sewing machines, I’m always on the lookout for vintage machines while out thrift shopping. Earlier this year, I came across a set of mangled boxes in my local Salvation Army that featured the word “SINGER” prominently. It caught my eye since the bulk of my VSM collection are Singers. However, the main box was long and thin – no way was this a sewing machine! Upon opening, I realized that it was parts for a knitting machine, which I knew absolutely nothing about. Usually my knitting is done by hand, not by machine.
I ended up taking the boxes home with me, wondering what I was thinking buying supplies for another crafty hobby that involves space-taking machines. I figured that if I couldn’t figure it out, I could always resell, so what would be the harm in giving it a try?
I turned out the knitting machine was actually two knitting machines (Singer 360K and Singer HK-100) and a knitting machine ribber accessory (Singer SRP-50). Jackpot!
Not pictured on this blog post is the ribbing tool SRP-50 that clamps to the bottom of the Singer 360.
As I experiment with these machines, I’ll share the projects that I complete. So far my husband has had more fun playing with these machines than I have, and he has completed several baby blankets.
If you own a knitting machine and have any advice of great beginner projects beyond the standard rectangular blanket, please let me know in the comments!