Thursday, January 18, 2018

Bond America ~ Ultimate Sweater Machine

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If you have trouble setting up or knitting on your Ultimate Sweater Machine, follow the suggestions below. 
For more information on the Ultimate Sweater Machine, please see:

Frequently Asked Questions - FAQ's
Assembling 2 Ultimate Sweater Machines together
Short Row Shaping For Shoulders
Bond Misc Magazines, Books, Publications
Bond Buzz Newsletters
Other Misc Links

Setting Up Your Machine:

Use the non-skid mat on any flat surface, but be sure not to pull down on the hem as you set up. Or, if you want to use the clamps, be sure to use a flat surface with a "true" bottom, similar to a piece of hardwood board. One of the long pre-cut shelves available at hardware stores and home centers is a good choice.  I can't stress enough that it is very very important to have your machine on a perfectly flat surface.

Be sure not to screw the clamps on too tightly. This could raise the back of the bed and cause the needles to go out of alignment.

Be sure there are no raised retainer bars across the bed. These are the green bars that hold in the needles. If any are raised slightly you can push them down with your finger or use a small hammer with fabric or rubber as protection to tap them down into place.

Do not bear down on the carriage or it could be difficult to knit. Just hold down the handle enough to keep the keyplate in place.

USM Attributes:

Comes with 4 keyplate sizes to match every size hand knitting needle size from 6 to 10 1/2.
Comes with 100 needles, so you can make up to 52" circumference sweater using chunky weight yarn. 

You can use hand knitting patterns from information provided with each machine.
Extendable—make an even larger sweater or afghan with one or more
Extension Kits—you can even join two Ultimate Sweater Machines together!

Knits yarns from sport weight through chunky weight.
Knits fancy yarns from pencil roving through textured bouclé yarns, in all fibers.
Made of high quality polymer used in aircraft.
Resulting knitted fabric looks as if it had been made by a professional hand knitter.
"Bond" and "Sweater Machine" names are highly recognized and respected for quality needlecraft tools, especially easy-to-learn and high quality knitting machines.
No prior knowledge of knitting is required.
Free detailed instructional video on all the basic techniques and doing fancy stitches comes with each machine.
The Sweater Machine is ideal for crocheters who can add knitting to their crocheted pieces, or sewers, who can now knit as fast as they can sew.


  1. Urgently in need of a row counter for my Incredible Sweater Machine

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  3. Hi. I picked up this classic Bond knitting machine. I had one years ago. It is missing key plate 2 is there any where in the u.k I can obtain spares?
    Your help would be Most appreciated.

  4. I have an extra, pay for postage and it’s yours!

    1. Kathy, do you happen to have an Intarsia keyplate in good shape for sale? I wore my first one out.

  5. I have need of help though, what can you use under the needles if your foam has disintegrated?

    1. There are videos on YouTube that show how to replace the sponge bar.

  6. Does anyone know where, in the USA, you can buy replacement parts? I need a hem (I have the rods) and a #3 keyplate.

    1. Barbara, if you can't find one you can make one. (I made 3). Knit several rows using every needle on the bed, then bring row 1 up and hook it over your last knitted row, forming a hem for the steel rods. Then knit several more rows and bind off and remove from machine. Now when you want to knit, grab one row of stitches above the hem and hook them onto your needles. I then use ravel cord. Pull down on the hem and you're good to go.

    2. I found several things for both my Incredible Sweater Machine and Ultimate Sweater Machine at very reasonable prices on eBay. Recently my row counter went on the fritz and I really didn’t think I’d be able to find another one but when I searched eBay there they were. There are several places in the U.S. that still sell accessories for our wonderful machines. If you’re looking for keyplates, hems, carriages, pattern books look there. Good luck.

  7. I purchased a used Incredible Sweater Machine - looking parts, dvd instructions, etc., can only find for Ultimate Sweater Machine. Can anyone help? Thank you in advance.

    1. I have a USM and an ISM. The keyplates for both are interchangeable. The only difference in the carriages for both are the ISM has a yarn guard in the front and the USM doesn't. I prefer the ISM carriage. Everything else that comes with the USM and the ISM is the same, I believe. The pattern book is just a bit different.

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  10. Do you know where I can buy the ribber for the machine

    1. Debbie, I've heard they are extremely rare to find now. I've been Googling everything Bond for about 5 yrs and have never seen one for sale.