• The Artisan JBL-245 is a metal bed Standard Gauge (4.5mm) punchcard machine, complete with detachable ribber
  • Capable of all common machine knitting stitches, including stockinet, tuck, slip, fairisle, thread lace, knit weaving, and plating
  • The 24 stitch punchcard mechanism will accept all existing punch cards from Brother, Studio and Toyota machines
  • It also does ribbing, fisherman's rib, circular knitting, and double jacquard
  • This machine is extremely similar to the Singer Studio 700 series machines (now Silver Reed SK280), so those who are familiar with these machines will feel very comfortable with this one.
  • Keep your box for transport. There are no carrying cases for double bed machines.
Included Accessories
  • Full range of accessories
  • Comprehensive, easy-to-follow instruction books
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icon Knitter and Ribber shown with Optional Stand

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.