Incredible Sweater Machine Essentials

A Listmania! list by Bookratt "bookratt"
The list author says: "Whether you use the older Incredible ISM or the newer Ultimate USM or Fashion Knitter (Wal Mart exclusive), these can you help you become a better knitter. Get going and get crafty!

Must haves: claw weights, level surface to knit on and level flooring (so that your needles will open and close properly as you knit). Add a little time and some patience and voila! You're knitting, fast and fabulously!

Check out the company website for tips, tools, pattern books to purchase and look for the free patterns by googling bond america online.

The sweater machines and fashion knitter are bulky, 8 mm guage, manual (non-electronic) knitting machines. No outlet or computer needed! They're the perfect starter machine for a crocheter or hand knitter just delving into this craft. It's the least expensive machine and it requires the fewest accessories to get started.

Notes: Standard knitting machines are 4.5 mm and the bulky ones are 9 mm. These, made by Bond, are 8 mm. Accessories for the standard and bulky machines generally do not fit or work well with these machines. Exceptions are claw weights and other knitting machine weights, yarn winders and swifts, and of course, most yarn, which can be used with all machines."
Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters
1.  Hand-Manipulated Stitches for Machine Knitters by Susan Guagliumi
The list author says:
  "Excellent reference, whether you use the ISM, USM (the ISM with upgrades, essentially) or ANY other knitting machine. A companion video is also available."
Used & New from: $17.13
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Berkley Line Stripper/Hook Honer Pocket SZ
2.  Berkley Line Stripper/Hook Honer Pocket SZ by Berkley
The list author says:
  "Use this handy dandy fishing line tool to "shoot" yarn from a skein into a plastic wastepaper basket/bucket & you get loose, free flowing yarn that knits beautifully on the ISM/USM. Use fabric softener sheet inside bucket to prevent static/tangles."
$9.59
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns
3.  The Knitter's Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd
The list author says:
  "For machine or hand knitters. Excellent pattern ideas and best of all--it does the math for you! If you've already done the sweaters in the ISM/USM leaflets/books--try this!"
$19.70   Used & New from: $6.29
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

The Ultimate Sweater Machine Row Counter
4.  The Ultimate Sweater Machine Row Counter 
The list author says:
  "This works as-is for the USM and fashion knitter but requires a quick-fix add-on for the older ISM. Just make a trip-spring from light guage wire--several online knitter's websites can show you how."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns
5.  The Knitter's Handy Book of Patterns by Ann Budd
The list author says:
  "Excellent guide for ALL knitters/designers. The percentage method works! Try it whether you knit by machine or hand. There is a companion book for sweaters only also available."
$19.15   Used & New from: $6.08
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)

Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting and Crocheting (Threads On)
6.  Knitting Tips & Trade Secrets: Clever Solutions for Better Hand Knitting, Machine Knitting and Crocheting (Threads On) by Mary Galpin Barnes
The list author says:
  "Great ideas for all knitters, but a nice section on machine knitting tips and tricks."
$10.44   Used & New from: $0.73
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

The Tap-Dancing Lizard: 337 Fanciful Charts for the Adventurous Knitter
7.  The Tap-Dancing Lizard: 337 Fanciful Charts for the Adventurous Knitter by Catherine Cartwright-Jones
The list author says:
  "One of the oldest, and best, graphed chart books around for any crafter or needleworker. If you can find it--buy it! Use it to try out intarsia for the first time."
Used & New from: $1.97
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Creative Machine Knitting
8.  Creative Machine Knitting by Ruth Lee
The list author says:
  "Buy this book! Try something new. Elevate your art. Branch out --and up--from those beginner ISM/USM leaflets and projects"
Used & New from: $8.46
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Bond America The Ultimate Sweater Machine Deluxe
9.  Bond America The Ultimate Sweater Machine Deluxe by Caron
The list author says:
  "If you have the "old" Incredible Sweater Machine, like I do, buy the upgrades to make it into this Ultimate Machine for less!"
$161.93   Used & New from: $117.61
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (148 customer reviews)

Machine Knitting
10.  Machine Knitting by Injoo Kim
The list author says:
  "if you cannot find Susan Guagliumi's Hand Manipulated Stitches book, try this. Similar, IMHO. Useful to both electronic and manual hobby machine users, just as Susan's book is."
$76.91   Used & New from: $55.99
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Enchanted Knitting: Charted Motifs for Hand and Machine Knitting
11.  Enchanted Knitting: Charted Motifs for Hand and Machine Knitting by Catherine Cartwright-Jones
The list author says:
  "Charts and graphs easy enough to follow for even the beginner picture or intarsia. Great for crocheters and knitters who love duplicate stitch designs for their sweaters and afghans, too."
Used & New from: $9.92
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques
12.  The Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques by Nancie Wiseman
The list author says:
  "Great for those of us who like to add crochet, sewn and fashionable fit to our projects. Excellent reference."
$19.13   Used & New from: $3.61
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

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