Singer Automatic Loom Knitting Machine
I have been wanting to try one of these machines for a year now and this past week I had the opportunity to play with one. They show happy little girls styling their latest invention on this little machine on the cover… that’s marketing for you right there.
- It promises you can do scarfs, leg warmers and even hats.
- It can do completely round circles or flat panels.
- They provide complimentary yarn with it that is fuzzy (eye lash like) and all the models in the pictures are wearing their fuzzy stuff.
My review is anything but positive. Save your money and look for something else. I detailed my experiences below.
- It’s packaging is a bit difficult. They have screwed with a tiny star screw driver something in three spots in the box that is the size of a quarter. You have to unscrew the quarter size plastic from the machine to get it off out the box. Problem is… they don’t provide a screw driver and something that small is something I don’t have at home.
- It’s light, really light. I find when cranking the handle that with the opposite hand you really have to hold it down onto the surface which I find to be stressful on the shoulder after a period of time.
- It has a great mechanism that if the tension is too much, the gear will skip to prevent you from stripping the gears. This is definitely required with this machine.
- I find the tension tool that attaches to it during assembly a bit of a joke. It can be so tense at times and yet the yarn is falling from the machine with no barriers or tension from the ball itself. When it’s completely tense, it positions the yarn at a 90 degree angle from the intake hole which adds even more tension. I think this is because the yarn is forced between 3 holes in the tension attachment.
- I find the machine noisier than I expected. The machine clicks as it turns but there is also added clicking noises from the yarn itself as it snaps into location as it works it away over the humps as it knits. It’s probably due to the hollow sound of plastic.
- I didn’t like the yarn of choice in the box. But I substituted for yarn that was James C Brett Marble Chunky… IT’S TOO THICK. Parts of the strands don’t all capture down into the machine pins. This causes some areas to ball up and tangle into a knotted un-knit mess.
- I found the instructions to be somewhat okay… but I did find that the edging at the very beginning wasn’t always knitted right in… as a result, the starting edging with just one pull of a string unravels the knitting. 3 of 4 projects did that and I am not sure the 4th project was just a fluke it stayed in.
- If the tension is too much… the machine will slip over the gear and trying again. I found on several occasions that is continues to slip even if there is no tension either from the yarn or on the guide itself. I felt that to be odd.
- I tried Koigu Yarn. The machine was unable to handle sock size yarn. It made for very loose stitches and it appeared like a huge mess. Some of the strands became loose and the machine had the tendency to drop the feeding yarn as you turn… and if you don’t notice it it will begin to cast off as soon as there is no yarn to grab onto.
- I tried Eyelash Yarn. I had plenty of success with that one. After a few minutes of rotation I had nearly 8″ of material. It was tightly knit and decent. That is until it accidentally dropped a stitch making it nearly impossible to fix. I pulled it out and tried something new.
- My last attempt was Bernat Mosaic yarn. It handled it just fine… I went 5″ and when I looked at the stitching… it was wavy and inconsistent. Some of the knitting looked tight while other parts looked too loose. Instead of clean running lines down the piece it looked like a wavy mess, it then dropped a stitch causing failure.
- I tried going through two holes of the guide instead of three. However, it needs the tension and within one rotation, the guiding string is too loose. The string needs to do the snapping into location that I talked about earlier.
- I was stressed using this machine. After going 8″ with my eyelash yarn I was running it slowly and watching it carefully. Until it dropped a stitch. I was so frustrated by it doing that.
- You need to monitor the turning carefully and watch like a hawk the incoming yarn. If you are turning it, you have to notice if the yarn is not knitting or being guided in right at the split second it’s happening. If you allow it to pass by and see it 2 pegs later, you are practically screwed.
- I found myself trying to hold down the machine, watching the tension guider like a hawk, maintaining a free yarn ball, and rotating the handle to be a lot of work and stress.
- I see why they provide fuzzy yarn in the box and encourage it… it’s to hide the sloppiness of the stitching’s inconsistency.
- It handles the fuzzy yarn like its supposed to and its tightness of yarn.
- I think the machine needs practice trials on your behalf. So don’t expect to open the box and plop off a scarf on the very first try.
- If you are looking for stitch work to be impressive without the fuzzy yarn, this machine isn’t for you.
- Because of the circle formation, it is limited on what it can do.
- If it could handle thicker yarn to finish in the spacings between stitching better, it would have made a better tool I think.
- I was hoping to use this machine to use up loose ends of balls to form Scarf Leftovers… but after what I seen and the stress from attempting it… I think my yarn is better left in the box for now until I find another usage.
- For what I wanted it for and for the quality level it produces… I can produce something by hand at a slower pace but have more glory in presenting that piece than this machine made item.
- I would pass on this machine. I have seen horrible reviews on this product before but wanted to try it myself. I agree with everything I have read and understand why they say what they do about it.