Electric sock knitting machines

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Hello everyone,
My family and I own an alpaca ranch and we need to create end products
out of our fibre, I want to make socks! I need help in finding an
electric sock knitting machine, I plan on producing a lot of socks so
it would need to be able to crank out enough to make it worth while.
They need to come out professional looking. I have been searching for a
couple months now and I get people steering me to the antique hand
crank machines, I am pretty sure I need electric.
Please can somebody help me, I am at a loss.
Thank you in advance for your valuable time and insight.
Teresa Hall
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Castle Ranch Alpacas


Re: Electric sock knitting machines

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You are looking for a professional machine. If you belong to an alpaca
growing group of some sort,  I would ask there what other alpaca growers
are using.  I have a friend who runs a small fiber mill for spinners and
knitters, she may know where to go, I will ask her.  Stand by

Els

Re: Electric sock knitting machines

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Teresa

There are a multitude of industrial sock knitting machines listed on the
internet.  Most of these come from India, and China.  I would go to your
local library and look in one of the trade directories.  There may be
secondhand ones available. So many of our textile factories in the USA as
well as in Canada or now closing, because labor is cheaper in third world
countries and all this industry is going off shore. Lots of cheap
machinere for sale.  Believe me, often it goes to the dump, or a recycle
place.  My husband used to be in the machinery moving business.
  
<http://suppliers.tradeeasy.com/nf/c29586-23985-1/Sock_Knitting_Machinery.html

Els

Re: Electric sock knitting machines
On 16 Apr 2006 19:23:00 -0700, "Teresa"

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I make socks on an antique Legare47 sock machine.  They look plenty
professional and take about 30 minutes per pair to crank and graft.

A commercial electronic sock machine will likely require yarn finer
than you can spin yourself in quantity or than most mills can or are
willing to spin.  One turns up occasionally on Ebay in the several
thousands of dollars price range.  New units can cost a few tens of
thousands.

If you'll google "used textile equipment" you should find plenty of
machines.

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