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Knitting Machine Chart

Looking to replace your old knitting machine? 
Not sure which machine is most like your knitting machine?  

First determine what gauge your machine was.  

If it was a 3.5 or 3.6mm machine, I'd recommend the Silver Reed SK280 and SK840 knitting machines.   These are 4.5mm machines, and will knit those laceweight yarns.

If it is a 4.5mm:
I suggest the Silver Reed SK280 or SK840.  The SK280 is a patterning machine.   It is mechanical.  The patterning is done via a punch card.  The machine comes with a set of 20 cards, and you have the option to ordering a package of blank cards and the special punch to create your own.  If computer designing is more to your liking, the SK840 does its' pattern work via DesignaKnit software.  Not only does DesignaKnit replace the punch card, this knitting software also allows you to draft out your garment, lay the pattern work on it if desired and either print out the pattern instructions or hook up the carriage to your computer and have your computer guide you through your shaping.  These two models love to knit lace [0] and fingering [1] weight yarns. 

If you had a 6.5 or 7mm machine, Silver Reed's LK150 is a great machine.   It is a 6.5mm manual machine.   It is my best selling model.  Easy and fun to use.  It is a plastic bed machine, but the quality is great.  This model is a great beginner machine too.  Loves to knit with Sport [2], DK [3] weight yarn and Worsted [4] weight yarn.  If you push this machine to bulky weight, be very careful.   Thick yarn is hard on the carriage, and the yarn is easily split by the needles because the yarn is too thick for the hook.  Yes, you can replace the carriage, and if you are a busy knitter, you may have too.   We stock replacement carriages.

If you had a 9mm machine, Silver Reed offers the SK155 machine.   The SK155 loves to knit Worsted [4] and Bulky [5] yarns.  This is a metal bed knitting machine, and does have automatic patterning via punched cards.

This List is the joint effort of the members of Knit Machines Email Discussion Groups  
Charted out, designed, tracked and maintained by Angelika

Note: Please do not copy and paste this list in any format, digital or print.
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Bone, ISM, Plastic, 8.0mm, 100 needles.
Corona CN9N, 8.0mm
Passap Speed-O-Knit, Manual Patterning, 5.0mm
Passap Vario, Manual Patterning, 5mm/10mm
Swiss Knitter, Plastic, 180 needles
White Knitter Mod 7, Plastic 5.0mm, 163 needles, (Easy Knitter)
Phildar Big Phil, Plastic, Manual Patterning, 9.0mm, 123 needles,
White Magic Knitter, Plastic, 9.0mm, 115 needles, (Bulky 9)
Prazisa, Manual Metal, 4.5mm, from 1959 or earlier, made in W Germany
Studio SK7, 1959, (Knitten Kitten)
Studio SK8, Plastic, 1960, Original Price $260
Studio SRP20 Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1977, Original Price $179.95, 200 needles
Brother KH35, Manual, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1955, Original Price $187.50, 184 needles
Superba S48
Studio SRP50, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1978, Original Price $279.90, 200 needles
Studio SRP60, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1985, 200 needles
Studio SRP60N, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from ~1984, Original Price $299.00, 200 needles
Studio MK70, Punchcard, Plastic, 6.0mm, from 1980, Original Price $379.95, Folding Bed, 160 needles, punch card width 18sts
Studio FRP70, Ribber, Metal, 3.6mm, from 1982, 250 needles
Studio SRP70, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
HK70, punch card width 18sts
Passap DM80, 5.0mm, 179 needles, 40 w/deco
Studio FRJ80, Ribber, Metal, 3.6mm, jacquard carriage, 250 needles
Studio/Singer HK100, Manual, Plastic, 8.0mm, from Nov 1983, Original Price $149.95, 120 needles
Studio LK100, Manual, Plastic, 9.0mm, from Aug 1986, Original Price $179.95, 90 needles
Studio SR101, Ribber, from 1962, Original Price $80.00
Studio SK101, from 1962, Original Price $259.95
Studio SK103, from 1963, Original Price $200.00
Studio SK105, Selector, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1965, Original Price $149.95, 200 needles
Studio SK106, from 1967, Original Price $149.95
Studio SK120, Metal, 8.0mm, from 1978, Original Price $299.95, 120mm, (Bulky Eight)
Studio SR120, Ribber, 8.0mm, from 1982, Original Price $289.95, 100mm
Brother 120, Pushbutton, Metal, 3.5mm
Brother 120, Ribber, 3.5mm
Studio SK121, Manual, Metal, 11mm, 98
Studio LK140, Manual, Plastic, 6.5mm, from 1988, 140 needles
Studio SK140, Manual, Metal, 8.0mm, 140 needles
Studio LK150, Manual, Plastic, 6.5mm, from 1989, 150 needles
Studio SK150, Manual, Metal, 9.0mm, from Oct 1983, Original Price $344.95, 110 needles
Studio SR150, Ribber, Metal, 9.0mm, from Nov 1983, Original Price $319.95, 110 needles
Studio SK151, Manual, Metal, 9.0mm, from Jan 1986, Original Price $364.35, 110 needles
Studio SR155, Ribber, Metal, 9.0mm, from 1985, 110 needles
Studio SK155, Punchcard, Metal, 9.0mm, from Apr 1985, Original Price $535.95, 110 needles, 12st punch card
Empisal HK160, Punchcard, Plastic, 6.0mm, from 1982, 160 needles, 18st punch card
Studio SK160, Manual, Metal, 6.5mm, 150 needles
Passap M201, Manual, 5.0mm, from 1953, 201 needles
Brother 210, Manual, Metal, 9.0mm, from 1977
Studio SK210, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1987, Original Price $535.00, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH212, Manual, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1957
Brother KH230, Manual, Metal, 9.0mm, from 1981, 110 needles
Brother KH260, Punchcard, Metal, 9.0mm, from 1984, 114 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KR260, Ribber, Metal, 9.0mm, 110 needles
Studio SK260, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio F270, Metal, 3.6mm, from 1990, 250 needles, 30st punch card
Brother KH270, Electronic, Metal, 9.0mm, 114 needles
Studio SK280, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1988, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK301, from 1964, Original Price $219.95
Studio SR301, Ribber, from 1964, Original Price $89.95
Studio SK302, Metal, 4.5mm
Studio SK303, from 1967, Original Price $219.95
Studio SK305, from 1971, Original Price $219.95
Studio SK312, from 1969, Original Price $279.95
Studio SK313, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1970, Original Price $279.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK320, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK321, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1972, Original Price $329.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SR321, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1972, Original Price $124.95 200
Studio SK322, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1973, Original Price $399.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SRP322, Ribber, from 1973, Original Price $169.95
Studio SK323, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1973, Original Price $359.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK324, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1976, Original Price $399.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK326, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1976, Original Price $439.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK327, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1977, Original Price $459.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK328, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1978, Original Price $499.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK329, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1977, Original Price $414.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH341, Manual, Plastic, 4.5mm, folding portable
Studio SK350, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1980, Original Price $528.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KX350, Manual, Plastic, 7.0mm, 132 needles
Synchro Knitter SH350, Manual, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Brother KX355, Manual, Plastic, 7.0mm, 128 needles
Studio SK360, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio F370, Punchcard, Metal, 3.6mm, from 1982, Original Price $569.95, 250 needles, 30st punch card
Brother KH370, Manual, Plastic 4.5mm/9.0mm
Brother KH390, Manual, Plastic 4.5mm/9.0mm, 110 needles
Brother KH400, from 1955
Studio SK500, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1978, Original Price $895.00, 200 needles
Toyota 500, Metal, 4.5mm
Studio SK501, from 1965, Original Price $349.95
Studio SK502, from 1967, Original Price $349.95
Brother KH503, from 1960
Studio SK511, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1982, 200 needles
Studio SK550, Electronic, Metal, 4.5, from 1982, 200 needles
Brother KR551, Metal, 4.5mm, from ~1966
Brother KH551, 4 button, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1960s
Brother KH560, 8 button, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1964
Studio SK560, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Studio SK561, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm
Brother KR561, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm
Studio SK580, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Brother KR580, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1966
Brother KH580, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1966
Brother 581, 8 button, Metal, from 1969, 200 needles
Studio SK588, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1987, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Toyota SK600, 9.0mm, 110 needles, 12st punch card
Brother KH601, punch button, 4.5mm
Toyota SR650, 9.0mm
Studio SK700, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from Aug 1985, Original Price $535.95, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Genie 710, 8 button, Metal, same as Brother KH588
Toyota 727, Metal, 4.5mm, 12st punch card
Toyota 747, Metal, 4.5mm, 12st punch card
Toyota 787, Metal, 4.5mm, 24st punch card
Brother KH800, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1971, 12st punch card
Studio SK810, from 1972, Original Price $149.95
Brother KH810, from 1973
Brother KH820, 4.5mm, from 1974, 24st punch card
Brother KH830, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1976, 24st punch card
Studio SK830, Electronic, Metal, 3.6mm, from 1991, 250 needles
Brother KR830, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Brother KH836, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm
Brother KH838, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 24st punch card
Brother KH840, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1978, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Studio SK840, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1990, 200 needes
Brother KR850, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, Original Price $554.00, 200 needles
Toyota 858, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, push button, 12st patterning
Studio SK860, Electronic, Metal, 6.5mm, from 1990, 150 needles
Studio SR860, Ribber, Metal, 6.5mm, from 1992, 150 needles
Brother KH860, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH864, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH868, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 24st punch card
Empisal Supermatic
carriage says KH88, KH880, 8 Pushbutton, Metal, 4.5mm, 1960s? needles w/ dip
Brother KH881, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH890, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1979, 24st punch card
Studio SK890, Electronic, Metal, 9.0mm, from 1990, 110 needles
Brother KH890, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH891, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card built in knitleader
Brother KH892, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KH894, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1994
Brother KH900, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Brother KR900, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Toyota 901, Metal, 4.5mm, 24st punch card
Brother KH910 Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1980, 200 needles, pattern via 60 st mylar
Brother/Kniting III KH930, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1986, 200 needles
Brother/Knitking IV KH940, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1988, 200 needles
Brother KH950i, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm
Toyota 950, Metal, 4.5mm, 24mm
Brother KH950, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, no disk drive port
Brother KH950e, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, no disk drive port
Brother KH965, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1992, no disk drive port
Brother KH965i/Knitking Vcx, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, Original Price $2045.00, 200 needles
Brother KH970/Kniting V Star, Electronic, Metal, 4.5mm, from 1996, Original Price $2375.00, 200 needles
White/Superba 1602, 5mm
Elna EK2300, Punchcard, Metal, 9.0mm, 110 needles, 12st punch card, (Studio SK155)
Elna ER2350, Ribber, Metal, 9.0mm, 110 needles
Elna EK2400, Punchcard, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles, 24st punch card
Elna ER2450, Ribber, Metal, 4.5mm, 200 needles
Passap E6000, Electronic, 5.0mm
Passap E8000, Electronic