New Singer Knitting Machine Unboxing and Review – Making My Own Knit Blanks for Dyeing

hi everyone this is Rebecca from Chemnitz and I'm here today with an old favorite my hand crank singer knitting machine but is it really a favorite the reviews on Amazon aren't that good and to be honest it's a pain to have to hold this handle and keep that out of random output up right angle while I wind the yarn but at about 20 to 30 dollars depending on how the prices on Amazon that week it's a really good deal for making your own two strand Annette blanks or worsted blanks for dyeing asymmetric gradients today I am happy to unbox my new updated Singer knitting machine and I am really excited for this version because it looks like they upgraded the way that the model works so it now has feet which means I can rest it on a table with vertical pressure from one hand as I crank verses you know holding it at this weird angle and trying to to deal with it so let's open up the box and see what we've got I bought this back in December and I cannot believe that I waited so long to finally open it up see that was a little easier than I expected okay and already the feet are falling out of the package but I do have four well alright I've got I've got four feet for the knitting machine oh cool already it looks like that there might be some kind of improvement with the way that you feed the yarn through but I guess before I mess with things too much I should probably say the instruction annoyingly I have to go get a screwdriver because for some reason they felt it necessary to use screws to screw this knitting machine to the box this is not the first time my little penguin screwdriver has made an appearance on the channel although I feel like that used to have a beak but that clearly got lost somewhere I am glad to have something unscrew oh my goodness whatever happened to just like you know using those annoying things that you had to cut to attach things here and okay I better save these screws because I don't know he's important for the knitting machine enemies can't be needed for something later right but we've got these little screws I suppose my original knitting machine did something similar but you can see I didn't bother to unscrew these feet I was like what on earth is going on here and just kind of cut around the cardboard can't have patience for that all right here is our knitting machine and we've got I can see the toggle for doing straight knitting or in the round that looks nice and clear and that is softer already the original one and it's really loud click sound and so that made it hard to do while watching a movie with someone did this you know is like a low hum but not super annoying okay and here's the underside it does not look like those screws are gonna be important see the holes where they came from I wonder why they would bother with that the last thing that they did use one of those annoying zip ties a tie-down that's in mirror is the yarn that came with the sewing machine and I wonder what it would say about it but it's actually reasonably soft I'm assuming that it is it says it includes two skeins of yarn but huh I'm I'm assuming that they're acrylic but I won't have to so I'm trying to get the instruction booklet out of the box aha okay we've got some other nifty tools in here attached to our instruction manual which I just tore traced out this pattern for one ball uh-oh oh this is a pom-pom pattern fine I'm okay I'm fine that I ripped that this one comes with a crochet hook and a yarn needle so two things that are really helpful for working with the kit I don't remember if the last one came with those are not instructions come in multiple different languages so alright let's see what we need to do please keep this machine out of reach of very young children Oh dot that hopefully what my kids do with this all right snap the pegs and the four feet holes at the base the Knitting cylinder all right let's not snaps oh there we go hopefully these only go in in one direction but I'm liking this already I feel like this is a bit more delicate so I don't know if these legs snap back off so it would be kind of a pain to store but yeah I feel like this isn't bad at all I mean I still could use doesn't have a great spot for the hint for holding on but I guess I could hold on to the side that's not that at all because being able to put pressure on the stool is rather nice actually you could even pull onto the leg that's kind of like a hand off oh that's really not bad you know doing that compared to to this where you mean even holding on to the top it's just awkward cuz you can't you can't twist it unless you hold on to it take some kind of way because that moves the the old knitting machine whereas this one you can actually do this one-handed without having your other hand on there and it moves around a bit but it's more balanced so now I'm gonna need to figure out how the new tension adjuster works cuz this is a bit different from the old kind alright I still don't know what this tiny little hook portion in here is for but this is how it looks like we're supposed to start we will start by threading the first hook and skipping the second and so threading every other hook like so just like we would with the other mini machine and so this will allow us to start it in a way that it won't immediately unravel from the bottom okay and now that we've skipped the last one and would be ready to start again we put the yarn through this thread chamber so they call it the thread inlet and you see how I kind of put the bottom down through this hole at the bottom and then I'm gonna close it up so it's basically in this chamber and can't come up I see there's this little hole here I'm not sure what that's supposed to be for but I think now if we tighten it a bit you can start knitting hopefully the tension from my Swift it's not too great see we're sticking oh there we go sticking a little bit maybe having some guess if you need a looser tension you can come back out oh no I guess it flips back into that little hole see I don't really care to you because I don't really care if it's too loose because I will just die with this as I'm sure but this seems to be going pretty smoothly I mean I'm not winding unwinding from the Swift from my yarn Swift directly I am yeah that's the Swift itself gives a little too much tension so I kind of need to pre unwind it from this Swift but that's looking really really nice don't you think alright I am going to settle down and keep winding a bit if any troubleshooting comes up so I'm further along now it's still pretty awkward to handle I mean holding on to one of these faces isn't really that easy because you can see that it shifts and so I'm wishing that it had some kind of handle because you know there's not really enough space up here to put my hand my hand on I'm finding that I can get a little less tension if I go through the top hook but sometimes were catching I think it's because the tension with the stitches is just a bit too tight and so many areas but ultimately taking it off the stool and holding it in between my legs actually I must nicer wait for this to go and this is something that was not really possible with for me to do with the older model there's a lot more comfortable way you can see that our blank with all of its uneven stitches cuz of my tension variations but it's coming out but at least now I have it with the yarn coming out the top of the thread Inlet that gives it less tension so I can unwind directly from the sweat so for comparison's sake with my older model there wasn't really you know I guess I could because of its shape and because it didn't have like the legs to cope with it it was harder to hold in between my legs just because of the where the handle was and I don't know I guess this isn't a position and maybe because of where the the intake was this is in a position that I really tried well now that I think about it that might have been kids here as well so I think that if you don't mind trying to go a bit slowly and maybe have a tabletop below where you are yeah it's still not amazing but I feel like I know I'm having some issues restarting it there we go I feel like I've hit a nice rhythm here and that I could do this for a while you make my own custom and it's funny I have I'm gonna try this with something that is heavier than worsted weight yarn I think that the yarn yeah the yarn that came with the machine looks like it's worsted weight I'm curious if this could handle a bulky weight yarn or I'm curious if I could handle a bulky weight yarn and I'd also like to line from a centerfold ball to make my own to stranded something but I have no idea how much the pain it would be to unravel a homemade soft but these are all things that so is this new knitting machine better than the old one but who knows I am glad that I decided to try to get a replacement but yeah I mean this is still loud but I think slightly less annoying from the way watching when our Blanc is done or if we end up with some slip stitches or something and I need to troubleshoot it but otherwise let's finish up making this worsted weight pre met Blanc all right we have had a bit of an oopsie where I wound backwards at one point and so when I was doing the round I realized that I had dropped some stitches so now with this crochet hook I am gonna try attempt to pick these stitches up and put them over over the hooky and so there'll be some long bits where the stitches were dropped and I'm not going to worry about that too too much because it should all even out and make them now I mean this could make a mistake or become a bigger mistake depending on how you were gonna be dyeing this but let's see if we have this all resolved see if there's any other stuff yeah I think I've got all the stitches to step again so as long as I am unraveling from the right position it should be coming now I can carry on with my knitting just if you accidentally go backwards make sure you pay attention and fix it okay we're ending the end of our yarn so now I'm gonna just let the rest of the yarn feed through a machine and keep going and you should there we go come on might have few little snags funny yeah and okay so now we have this mess at the end and I am going to just go ahead and unravel the portion this is a bit longer than I normally would do but since I messed up the end edge it's what makes sense and this is something that I want to unravel eventually so therefore I'm not gonna try to do a proper bind off but instead paying attention to the last stitch I am just going to go around and insert the needle into each of the stitches to just keep them from unwinding further for some reason the knit picks commercial blanks stayed wound pretty nicely look at dropped one does it matter if I drop a stitch just trying to keep it from unraveling completely and so then when I finish when I finish my dyeing I can just slip this out and then start unraveling but you could do a proper bind off as well all right so then pull the needle through and even leaving that loose this will prevent it from unraveling and then we can die or something or worsted blank in this case so if you're getting in this knitting machine because you want to knit a scarf maybe you should look elsewhere but if you want to make just a blank that you can use for spinning maybe you want to make some self striping yarn or you want to wind two strands of yarn together to make some identical sock yarn it works great for that even with the mistakes that happen within this blank since we're planning on unraveling it it doesn't really matter I am really happy with my updated knitting machine it's not leaps and bounds better than the original one I owned but I think I prefer this one mainly because it makes less noise and it's a little more comfortable to hold thank you so much for watching this unboxing of my new singer machine I hope that you enjoyed this video and found it helpful and that maybe you can go start making your own blanks to do some yarn dyeing thanks so much for watching


  1. I had my son drill a small hole in the feet and anchor it to my craft table and it works great

  2. Commercial blanks are made with some provisional rows that are removed before packaging so the stitches are kinked into place for a while before being free…

  3. My God you are so heavy handed with this machine. I have the same one and it works perfectly. Be gentle with it. And also your yarn tension is too tight!! Why feel the need to keep pulling on the yarn?

  4. I meant to also add that I am very interested in stripe dyeing for socks, the few that are on you tube don't seem very promising so I am hoping you can demystify how to go about it.  When I do my blanks there are all kinds of faulty stitches here and there but it doesn't matter a bit once it knit into fabric, but on stripes I want to be a little more careful and a little more exact.

  5. take a clamp or two to act as a weight as you knit you clamp it to add weight (gravity) which gets tension on the little needles …  like a binder clip, or a chip clip … mine (Michaels) came with 4 clamps to attach to add weight.

  6. I just bought one myself. I tried it with Red Heart and it skipped stitches a lot. When I used a light weight yarn, it did fine and I made a skinny scarf with it. If you put a folded piece of duct tape on each leg and push it down on your knitting surface, you can knit it without having to hold it. You'll just have to replace the tape if you move it around. I bought the Loops and Threads Knit Quick a while back and it sucks. Especially when it costs a lot. Do you have a tutorial on how you go about dying yarn this way?

  7. I think clamping the legs down to the stool is a good idea. I do think however that it was going smoother for you in your lap because of the tension being placed on the blank from below. If you’ve ever watched a video of one made with the more expensive machines, they clip weights of sorts on the knitted tube to help keep the tension even. Maybe some of the sticking issues it was having was from the lack of tension from the bottom.

  8. I’d lash the feet down to the stool so that it is effectively secured to it. That Might make it easier for you. Now I’m off to unpack the one I bought around 6 months ago. It’s of a different brand and shaped like a rabbit.

  9. I have 2 brother knitting machines and although I can see the point to a circular machine that toy seems like a bit of a pain to deal with. Have you ever had a chance to play with a flat bed machine? They are pretty brilliant. I really want to play around with dying some yarn and making up blanks with my machines.

  10. The blanks I made with my flat knitting machine stayed in place pretty nicely without a bind off. I wonder if it doesn't have to do with the difference in tension with a round machine. There may be less yarn between stitches on a round machine because of the curvature.

  11. command hooks? duct tap the legs down? There are clamps you might be able to use. Check out sheepishly sharing and the videos she has on using the singer with legs and the new one from Michael's. She has a little workbench from Harbor Freight I believe that she clamps the machine to and there is already an open area in the middle to let the knitting hand down. It will be more satisfactory if it can hang down rather than extend out to the side.

  12. What about putting the sticky round felt pads that are meant for chair legs on the bottom of the feet

  13. I would try some claps on the legs. I have a similar stool that I sawed the curves off of two sides; giving me two straight edges for a more secure clamping area.

  14. Secure the legs to the stool and spin away! I would probably try using tension like when Portuguese knitting. They also need a raised handle across the top

  15. Thank you so very much. I bought a Singer knit machine years ago and sent it back because it was so terrible. The new one looks so much better. I would love to see you knit two skeins of sock yarn together to see how it does. I enjoy your videos. Thanks again!

  16. I would choose a stool I didn't care about much and just screw it down through ones of the spaces on each foot.

  17. The small hole on top is for thicker yarns. You run it through there to create your tension.

  18. This looks like the same one that's sold in the children's crafts or toy departments at Walmart during the Christmas shopping season. I bought something similar (made by NSI, I think) from my local Shopko a couple of years ago, but never used it (so it got sold on eBay). The Addi knitting machines are a lot more expensive, but much sturdier (from what I heard while I was briefly in the hand-crank knitting machine group on Ravelry). Of course, whether or not you'd want to spring for an Addi would probably depend on how much knit blank making you do (and if you've got the budget for that pricey a knitting machine to even consider if it would be a cost-effective investment).

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