New orders backordered until January 2015

SK-280 Metal Bed Punch Card Flatbed Machine, 200 Needles Spaced 4.5mm Apart, Row Counter (same as Singer Studio Knitmaster SK280 Knitting Machines) Note: Compare to Silver Reed Electronic Standard Gauge SK840, Design-A-Knit 7.0 Computer Software and SilverKnit or Silver Link Boxes and Cables, for creating your own designs to send to machine.

Stitches that are automatic with punchcard feature for Brioche
(Tuck) and Multi-color Brioche, Slip and Multi-color Slip and Fair
Isle. Automatic Punch Lace, Weaving, Plating and Tuck Lace textures
exclusive to knitting machines. Lace, eyelet and openwork can
be hand manipulated but with purchase of Lace Carriage
accessory are automatic. Ribbings can be hand manipulated but with purchase of ribber accessory are automatic. Cables and knit-purl combinations are hand
manipulated. Knits Lace, Fingering, Sport and some DK weight yarns.

The SK280 is a machine that will proudly stand by your side to help you create some of the most beautiful garments in your wardrobe. With a 24 stitch punch card pattern center you can create beautiful tuck, weaving, slip, and fair isle stitch patterns. This Standard Gauge Punch card machine is the perfect machine for fingering and sport weight yarns. Indulge your creative side, join the growing family of machine knitters.

  • US Warranty 90 Days labor on defects in materials and workmanship.
  • Non-US Warranty: 30 days parts and labor
Specifications
  • This standard model punch card machine is designed for smooth, trouble-free, operation and durability
  • Thanks to its punch card system and other advanced features, even beginners can produce expert results with the minimum of fuss and bother
  • For greater flexibility, the various options available enable you to upgrade the machine as your skills improve
  • Stitch types include fair isle, tuck, slip, punch lace, weaving, plaiting, and motifs
  • Dimensions: 1110 x 205 x 93 mm
  • Weight: 11.8 kgs
Included Accessories
These are the tools packed in the accessory box.
  • 1x2 transfer tool
  • 1x3 transfer tool
  • 2x3 transfer tool
  • 2 claw weights
  • Ravel cord
  • Oil bottle
  • Table clamps

    20 pre-punched design cards
    Row counter
    Instruction Book Operating Manual
Carolyn, a knitting machine speeds up the repetitive rows and stitches so you can concentrate on putting the backs, fronts, sleeves together by hand or linker machine. If you are using fine 1 or 2 ply yarns yielding up to 10 stitches per inch, the punchcard pattern Brother KH864, Artisan JBL245 or Silver Reed SK280 machines with 4.5mm spacing between needles would be best. 2-4 ply knits best on the Silver Reed mid-guage SK160 manual or SK860 electronic machines with 6.5mm needle spacing and yielding 4-7 stitches per inch. Bulky and chunky 4 ply yarns with lots of texture knit best on the Silver Reed SK155 punchcard bulky machine with 9mm needle spacing yielding 3-5 stitches per inch. No one machine will handle all weights and plys of yarns, so you have to choose one to start with. If you will need a ribber bed attached to the knitter for cuffs, necklines or hems, look at the Artisan 63-70 manual mid-guage 7mm double bed, or purchase a ribber attachment for the SK280 or SK160/860. Ribbers are not available for the KH864 and the SK155 above. If you are not sure about which one to start with you could start with the Bond Ultimate Sweater Machine with 8mm between needles at http://www.sewingmachinestore.com/products/abc0303.html Most machine knitters end up with more than one gauge machine in order to handle a wider range of yarns. In any case you will save a lot of time once you learn how to operate the machine. Most machine knitters do sweater panels either shaped on the machine while knitting or cut and sewed together with a serger or linker afterwards. Let me know if you have any questions about the above models which are on our website at http://www.sewingmachinestore.com/products/abc0299.html Hope this helps. Thanks. John M. Douthat, All Brands Owner & Tech
Also, I am pretty new to machine knitting and don't have much knowledge of the finer yarns yet. can you describe in more common language what 2/24 and 2/17 yarn types mean? Is there a guide somewhere that tells the comparison between coned yarns used in fine and standard guage knitting?
The first number is the amount of plys used to create the yarn. The last number is the diameter of the finished strand. The higher the last number the finer the yarn. A common fingering weight yarn used on standard gauge machines is about a 2/15. 2/24 is about half the diameter of fingering weight yarn.
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