Brother Knitting Machines

Japanese company Brother manufactured a wide variety of knitting machines till the mid-1990s. They often branded their models under different names, such as KnitKing, Empisal (in the Australian and New Zealand markets), Genie (some models), and Jones (for UK markets). There are still machines, many in excellent shapes, on the second-hand market to fulfill the needs of hobbyists, artists, and small production knitters.

Because of the specificity of the technology of the Brother knitting machines (which is different from those in knitting machines from other manufacturers), possible problems with the carriages of Brother knitting machines are often pretty specific to Brother. Some of them (together with their solutions) are outlined in my other article.

Fine gauge

Brother KH110, 8-push button patterning

Brother KH120, 8-push button patterning

Standard gauge:

Manual/basic

Brother KH35, manual/basic

Brother KH212

Brother KH218

Brother KH341, foldable

Brother KH380

Brother Profile 500

Pushbutton-based patterning

4-button

Brother KH511

Brother KH521

Brother KH531

Brother Profile 551

8-button

Brother Profile 552

Brother KH560

Brother KH561

Brother KH571

Brother KH581

Brother Profile/KH583

Brother Profile 585 or KH585

Brother KH587

Brother Profile 588 or KH588

Brother KH601

Genie (Brother) KH710

Brother KH811, also punchcard

Punchcard-based patterning

12-stitch punchcards

Brother KH800, needle selection is activated by the ratchet tool

Brother KH801, needle selection is activated by the ratchet tool

24-stitch punchcards

Brother KH810

Brother KH811, also pushbuttons

Brother KH820

Brother KH821

Brother KH830

Brother KH831

Brother KH836

Brother KH838

Brother KH840

Brother KH851

Brother KH860

Brother KH864

Brother KH868

Brother KH871, with built-in knit leader

Brother KH880

Brother KH881, with built-in knit leader

Brother KH890

Brother KH891, with built-in knit leader

Brother KH892

Brother KH893 (Palie AII), with built-in knit leader

Brother KH894 (Palie AII)

Electronic patterning

Brother KH900

Brother KH910

Brother KH920

Brother KH930

Brother KH940

Brother KH950

Brother KH950e

Brother KH950i

Brother KH965

Brother KH965i

Brother KH970

Mid-gauge

Brother KX350, 7 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KX355, 7 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KH355, 7 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed, with electronic knit leader

Brother KH370, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KH380, basic/manual, plastic bed

Bulky gauge

Brother KH210, 9 mm, manual/basic

Brother KH220, 9 mm, manual/basic

Brother KH230, 9 mm, basic/manual

Brother KH260, 9 mm, punchcards, 24 stitch

Brother KH270, 9 mm, electronic

Additionally, some of the plastic flatbed Brother knitting machines can handle bulky yarns.

Dual gauge/convertible

Brother KH360, 4.5/9 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KH390, 4.5/9 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KH395, 4.5/9 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KX395, 4.5/9 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed

Brother KH400, 4.5/9 mm, basic/manual, plastic bed