This was the question I asked myself a couple of years ago and you may be asking yourself the same question.
I had a list of reasons why I wanted to learn to machine knit and how it would be of value to me, but I also had some concerns mainly relating to Affordability and Difficulty.
Instead of creating one long post here I will address the two concerns of cost and difficulty the next post, In this post I will present my thoughts about the value of machine knitting.
Will I get any value out of Machine Knitting?
I think it is important that you do have some idea of why you want to machine knit, otherwise it is likely that will give up at the first hurdle. Your reason why could be as simple as you have just inherited a knitting machine from an elderly relative and you would like to know what it does or as challenging as I love knitting and would like to learn how to design my own garments with a professional finish that I could sell. Mostly it will because you like being creative, making things and the idea of machine knitting appeals to you either as a creative hobby or as a means to knit more quickly and professionally.
You might find that using a machine is easier than hand knitting. It certainly is faster once you and your machine are in harmony. It is more difficult to do this socially as you need to have space to set up the machine and table. And this is difficult to transport to a meet-up. Decide what you want to knit and then decide what machine will do this. This blog will focus upon the flat-bed home knitting machine. Later posts will give more details about different machines that you could find in the UK.
In this post I list some of the reasons why I wanted to learn machine knitting. I am sure that some of these reasons will be similar to yours. I would love to know why you started to machine knit. Please write them down in the comments.
My Reasons for Wanting to Machine Knit.
- I am a crafty person and I am learning to hand knit and crochet so why not learn to machine knit as well.
- I love the idea of making my own clothes that fit me better than the garments I buy, especially as I am short in body and arms.
- I like learning new skills and the idea of learning how a knitting machine works appeals to me.
- I have time on my hands and I want a new challenge in my life.
- Hand-knitting can be a bit painful on the joints so a knitting machine could alleviate this pain (or give me different pains!)
- Hand-knitting can be slow and I would like to make things more quickly on a machine
- I would like to create more professional looking garments.
- I like the idea of using a machine to create my own designs and patterns or even recreate patterns that I see online.
- I have an old machine that I bought years ago and some old wool and since I now have no money it is time to learn to use it or get rid of it.
- As I tried to figure out how to get the old machine to work, I discovered a whole new world of machine knitting that excited me and I found that I loved learning about all the different machines, accessories, patterns, techniques, software etc. and wanted to learn more and more.
So these are my reasons. What are yours? Please tell me in the comments below.