Let me introduce a freshly cleaned and tested Brother KX350 knitting machine. It is a plastic flat bed knitting machine with 132 needles positioned 7 mm apart. So, it is considered a mid-gauge. But it handles bulky yarns (medium worsted) pretty well. I was able to easily knit Red Heart Super Saver yarn on this machine.
It is extremely straightforward how to assembly and setup p the machine. The manual is written very well.
The machine is very light-weight, which makes it easy to handle.IT comes with all assesories including a video tape (if you are into that kind of things )
About this specific machine:
All worked great. The box shows some tear and wear.
Pros and cons not mentioned earlier:
(+) The sinker plates is NOT detachable, which prevents it from being lost.
(+) Simple and straightforward to use.
(+) Includes heavy-duty combs, which act as cast-on combs and weights at the same time.
(+) Very clear manual with some instructions on knitting garments and other knitting techniques.
(+) Not as loud as metal beds when knits
(+) There is a stopping mechanism to prevent the carriage from accidentally sliding when knitting too vigorously
(+) Numbers for the needles are written right on the bed. I like it a lot since nobody has to worry about misplacing the strip
(+) putting the machine back to the box is so EASY! (especially comparing with the metal beds with heavy lids). All assesories are stored in their designated places inside a sterofoam.
(-) plastic bed (which to me does not seem to be a con at all…. I am not worried about rust. I am also not worried about plastic being brittle and discolored if I keep the machine in the box when not in use)
(-) comes in a carboard box, which is not a bid turn off for me anyways…
(-) the machine has only basic patterning capabilities. But since it knits regular yarns (those that you can buy in Michael’s and Joan Fabric) – no patterning is needed since you can get self-striping and variegated yarns that provide a lot of interesting color combination and self-patterning. .
Read more on pros and cons on this machine in my previous article about this machine.
While testing this particular machine, I knitted using medium worsted yarn the cowl/neck warmer below.
The original box has some minor staining. The machine will be shipped in original box covered with brown shipping paper.
Overall, in my opinion, this machine is perfect for a beginning machine knitting. You will get a feel of what it is – machine knitting. You will not kill your back trying to carry this machine. You can still knit a lot of various patterns, however, they will require a lot of hand-manipulations. Which is again great for people who LOVE hand-knitting and just need to have knitting with more even stitches and faster.
Watch this machine in action in my video blog.