Brother knitting machine list

Brother Knitting Machine list

Because 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. Also 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

MODELYEARDescription & Notes
KH2181958No patterning system, just hand tooling
KH56119608 button system with some patterning
KH71019658 button system, can tuck and slip stitch only
kH8001971First punch card system
12 Stitch Punch Card Machine
KH8201974First 24 Stitch Punch Card, not capable of motifs
KH8301976
24 PC

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. Also 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.

KH836198624 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.
KH8401987
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.

KH860198924 Stitch Punch Card
This machine has the full specification same as the KH881 Brother knitting machine but without the built in Knitleader.  A fantastic machine.
KH864199024 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.
KH8681990
24 Stitch Punch Card, budget model no lace carriage
KH881198524 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. Also 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.
KH890198624 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.
KH891
KnitKing98
198724 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.
KH892
KnitKing93
198724 Stitch Punch Card, built in intarsia
KH894198724 Stitch Punch Card, built in intarsia

 

Brother Electronic Knitting Machines

MODELYEARDescription & Notes
KH900A 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. Also it normally comes without a lace carriage set, this was sold as a separate accessory
KH91060 stitch repeating pattern plus single motif. The first of the electronic brother knitting machine they made two different versions of this machine. They use a Mylar sheet with a special pen to create the patterning
KH930
KH940
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, also 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
KH950iUp 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 also make your patterns with the PPD (you purchase the PPD is a separate accessory)
KH965Up 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.
KH965iThe same as the KH965 but again the computer has been updated to use the FB100 disk drive.
KH970This 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

MODELSIZEDescription & Notes
KH2309mmFirst chunky knitting machine with no way to pattern.  All work to be done by hand.  Ribber is the KR230 and also works ONLY with this machine.
KH2609mm110 needles 24 stitch repeating punch card machine with single motif, can also do punch lace
KH2709mmElectronic Chunky machine has 288 built in patterns and prevision for you to make and store your own designs. Also this is the only chunky electronic made by Brother

 

Brother knitting machine list

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