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Brother

The Brother brand started in Japan as the Nippon Sewing Machine Manufacturing Co, which manufactured and exported sewing machines from Japan soon after WWII. The company diversified into home electronics and knitting machines in the early 1950s. In 1962 the company was renamed to Brother Industries, Ltd. Brother continued to manufacture and export knitting machines until the late 1990s. Brother no longer manufactures knitting machines. However there are some chinese companies which produce Brother 'clone' machines.

The Brother machines were also sold under the brand names KnitKing or Brother in North America and Empisal or Brother in Australia. To avoid confusion between the various brands the machines will be referred to in this Wiki by their model number, which remains consistent between the various Brother brands.

To avoid confusion between the various brands the machines will be referred to in this Wiki by their model number, which remains consistent between the various brands.

This is not a complete list. Year indicates the year of first production. 

Model Gauge (mm) Needles Patterning Year
KH1-B1 Manual 1954
KH120 3.6 250 Manual
KH230 9 Manual
KH260 9 114 Punchcard 24st 1984
KH270 9 114 Electronic
KX350 7 132 Manual
KX355 7 128 Manual
KX395 4.5/9 Manual
KH500 1955
KH511 1960
KH561 1964
KH581 1966
KH588 1969
KH710 4.5 200 Push button 8st 1970
KH800 4.5 200 Punchcard 12st? 1971
KH810 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1973
KH820 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1974
KH830 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1976
KH836 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1977
KH840 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1978
KH860 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st
KH864 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st
KH881 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st
KH890 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st 1979
KH891 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st
KH894 4.5 200 Punchcard 24st
KH900 4.5 200 Electronic
KH910 4.5 200 Electronic 1976-80
KH930 4.5 200 Electronic 1980
KH940 4.5 200 Electronic 1988
KH950i/KH950 4.5 200 Electronic
KH956 4.5 200 Electronic 1992
KH970 4.5 200 Electronic 1995-6
Ribbers Gauge (mm) Needles Year
KR230 9
KR260 9 110 1984
KR710 4.5 200
KR850 4.5 200
Accessories Type Gauge (mm)
KA2600 Intarsia carriage 9
KA8210 Intarsia carriage 4.5
KA8310 Linker 4.5
KG88 Garter carriage 4.5
KG95 Garter carriage 4.5
KHC820 Single bed colour changer 4.5
KL116 Knitleader 4.5
KRC900 Double bed colour changer 4.5 / 9