Brother knitting machine list
Brother Knitting Machine list
I have put this Brother knitting machine list together with the help of many internet websites and friends, if you notice anything which is not right or you have more info to add please let me know. I will update this page as I obtain more info. I would love some pics if anyone can supply them 🙂
Brother standard knitting machine list
|MODEL||YEAR||Description & Notes|
|KH218||1958||No patterning system, just hand tooling|
|KH561||1960||8 button system with some patterning|
|KH710||1965||8 button system, can tuck and slip stitch only|
|kH800||1971||First punch card system|
12 Stitch Punch Card Machine
|KH820||1974||First 24 Stitch Punch Card, not capable of motifs|
Basic 24 stitch punch card with lace carriage, it has a limited spec. They made several different versions of this machine the difference mainly being in the mechanics. The early versions were heavy to push but all of the models are sound machines and will give years of service. Because of it’s age they should all need to have a full service. Cannot use the Garter Carriage.
|KH836||1986||24 Stitch Punch Card|
24 stitch punch card machine. This was a much later version of the KH830. It was sold as a budget model so they took out the Lace Carriage Set and sold it as a separate accessory. Unlike the KH830 it will take a Garter Carriage (must be the correct model). A really nice budget model it should give years of service. Brother made & sold loads of this model. It may need a service.
|KH840||1987||24 Stitch Punch Card, not capable of motifs|
Same sort of age as the 830 but has a slightly better specification, it is capable of doing a single motif automatically. A nice machine but again these models are getting on and will almost certainly need a full service. Can’t use the Brother Garter Carriage and made in 1978.
|KH860||1989||24 Stitch Punch Card|
This machine has the full specification same as the KH881 but without the built in Knitleader. A fantastic machine.
|KH864||1990||24 Stitch Punch Card, budget model no lace carriage|
Think of this as a KH890 without the lace carriage set. One of the last punch card machines Brother made. Nice machine but not so many of these around.
|KH868||1990||24 Stitch Punch Card, budget model no lace carriage|
|KH881||1985||24 Stitch Punch Card, has the knit radar built in|
This was one of the best machines that Brother made in the punch card range it had the best specification of it’s time. It included a built in Knitleader (patterning device) and lace carriage. It was a very popular model with the machine knitter who wanted to knit for profit. Because of their age again they nearly all need a full service, some of them may be in poor shape because they have been used by professional knitters.
|KH890||1986||24 Stitch Punch Card|
This was the later version of the KH860 it had the built in Garter Carriage rail (it takes the specific Garter Carriage for this series of machines). A very nice model, prone to UV light staining. In my opinion, in good condition along with the KH891 they are the best punch card machines made. The case is prone to UV light staining.
|1987||24 Stitch Punch Card, has the knit radar built in|
This was the later version of the KH881 it had the built in Garter Carriage rail (it takes the specific Garter Carriage for this series of machines). It has a built in Knitleader (patterning device). A very nice model, prone to UV light staining. In my opinion, in good condition along with the KH890 they are the best punch card machines made.
|1987||24 Stitch Punch Card, built in intarsia|
|KH894||1987||24 Stitch Punch Card, built in intarsia|
Brother Electronic Knitting Machines
|MODEL||YEAR||Description & Notes|
|KH900||A budget electronic machin, 24 stitch repeat patterns with single motif, 50 built in patterns and will take a cartridge from a PPD. It is a cross between a punch card and a electronic. It normally comes without a lace carriage set, this was sold as a separate accessory|
|KH910||60 stitch repeating pattern plus single motif. The first of the electronic machines they made two different versions of this machine. They use a Mylar sheet with a special pen to create the patterning|
|Up to 200 stitch repeat patterning with single motif. 550 built in patterns. You can also design your own patterns via a black and white button system|
|KH950||The first of the 200 stitch repeat patterning machines, used Mylar sheet technology for you to design you own motifs and patterns, 550 built in patterns which you can take sections out of to create your own patterns|
|KH950i||Up to 200 stitch repeat patterning with single motif. This was the same as the KH950 but they added the facility to use an external PPD which is used in conjunction with your TV set to the VCR channel, this virtually meant that you could forget the Mylar sheet and it’s problems and make your patterns with the PPD (you purchase the PPD is a separate accessory)|
|KH965||Up to 200 stitch repeat patterning with single motif. Very similar to the KH940 but some advances in computer design. No Mylar sheet, 615 built in patterns, takes a PPD cartridge directly into the machine.|
|KH965i||The same as the KH965 but again the computer has been updated to use the FB100 disk drive.|
|KH970||This was the last electronic machine made by Brother. It is totally run by the computer, even the row counter. It has 665 built in patterns.|
Brother Chunky Knitting Machines
|MODEL||SIZE||Description & Notes|
|KH230||9mm||First chunky knitting machine with no way to pattern. All work to be done by hand. Ribber is the KR230 and works ONLY with this machine.|
|KH260||9mm||110 needles 24 stitch repeating punch card machine with single motif, can also do punch lace|
|KH270||9mm||Electronic Chunky machine has 288 built in patterns and prevision for you to make and store your own designs. This is the only chunky electronic made by Brother|