Stitch Pattern Technology

This meeting started with a presentation illustrating the anatomy of machine knitted stitches, and illustrations of the main stitch patterns available.

This was followed by a more open format, with various different machines on show and available to try, with most opting to look at the tuck/slip combination, which we all admitted to knowing little about [tuck one way, slip the other].

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Colour and Design

Our August meeting was less well attended than usual, lots of people being away, but we had a good discussion of colour schemes, how to machine knit with colour and dyeing and painting garments.

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We had a lovely, albeit very hot, open meeting, sharing our crafting interests outside machine knitting. Crafts included were:


Hand knitting





Screen printing

Card making


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Using the Sewing Machine for Machine Knitters

Erica Thomson was back for a demonstration of her sewing machine expertise, as well as lots of other interesting ideas. She showed us a little of her ply split braiding, her Kumihimo wire braiding and lots more.

The sewing machine techniques were inspirational to those whose sewing machines have languished in cupboards for decades, as well as to those who use them regularly. I was particularly interested in the demonstration of how to avoid a lengthy casting off for a ribbed binding on the machine, by over sewing on the sewing machine, as I am always on the lookout for ways to avoid such things. Her garments on show were also of great interest, as well as her Aladdin’s cave of a mobile shop!

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Lace Technology

This meeting was about how lace is formed, and its different formations.

We looked at hand manipulation, the Brother lace carriage, the Knitmaster/Silver lace carriage, tuck lace and punch lace.

It is obviously a popular choice since the Guild of Machine Knitters featured it in their current newsletter too!

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