Zippy 90

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I am new to machine knitting, and have purchased a cheap Zippy 90 machine, but I am unsure as to whether I have to use balls of wool or have to use cones and also if this is the case where can I buy a wool winder from? I have tried all wool shops in Derby and surrounding area, any help appreciated

Hi Shellbelle

Welcome to machine knitting.

You can use balls of yarn but you will have to rewind them so the yarn feeds through the machine smoothly. For this you will need a winder. Check Metropolitan and BSK for new ones or eBay often has secondhand ones for sale.

It is much easier to use coned yarn as it is prepared especially for knitting machines. There are quite a few places that supply cones. Uppingham Metropolitan Undy BSK Yeoman Texere are a few that come to mind. They all have websites where you can order securely.

Hope this points you in the right direction.
Kind regards Sue.

Sue P
2014-02-26 17:47:55
Hello
Actually you can use any kind of balled or coned yarn with this machine. With balled yarn just try and pull the end from the centre of ball (not the outside) and pull enough off (about three long pulls) to knit one row – depending on the width of the row of course. I’ve been using my little Zippy 90 since the late 80s and it’s great for all kinds of yarn especially mohair.
Are you in Derby City or Derbyshire? I could offer some additional help.
Best wishes
Marilyn
maribob
2014-02-26 17:47:23
Hi Shellbelle

Welcome to machine knitting.

You can use balls of yarn but you will have to rewind them so the yarn feeds through the machine smoothly. For this you will need a winder. Check Metropolitan and BSK for new ones or eBay often has secondhand ones for sale.

It is much easier to use coned yarn as it is prepared especially for knitting machines. There are quite a few places that supply cones. Uppingham Metropolitan Undy BSK Yeoman Texere are a few that come to mind. They all have websites where you can order securely.

Hope this points you in the right direction.
Kind regards Sue.

Sue P
2014-02-26 17:47:55
Hello
Actually you can use any kind of balled or coned yarn with this machine. With balled yarn just try and pull the end from the centre of ball (not the outside) and pull enough off (about three long pulls) to knit one row – depending on the width of the row of course. I’ve been using my little Zippy 90 since the late 80s and it’s great for all kinds of yarn especially mohair.
Are you in Derby City or Derbyshire? I could offer some additional help.
Best wishes
Marilyn
maribob
2014-02-26 17:47:23