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Tru-Knit by Jamie Mayfield

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1/26/23 UPDATE: We have a price!

This past week has been busy… I went to visit our man in machining, and he gave me a price. Finally. Actually, I am so very grateful to him for taking this long to consider his costs. It shows me that he’s spent countless hours figuring out the best way to make each and every part of the Tru-Knit. His thoughtfulness tells us that he’s in this for the long haul. Getting geared up to make these parts is quite an undertaking. All of his machines are 2018 and newer models. His shop is impeccable, and his parts are like none others I’ve seen in machine shops. He’s come up with brilliant ways to make these machines and make them knit so smoothly. Ok, enough verbiage.

Here’s the low-down:

The Tru-Knit Circular Knitting Machine will come with:

  • Tru-Knit Circular Knitting Machine
  • One Ribber
  • One Ribber Dial
  • One Cylinder
  • Your choice of 1:1 ratio or reduced ratio crank handle
  • 100 cylinder needles
  • 100 ribber needles
  • Stack of 3 weights
  • Spring extender
  • 4 heel forks* and weights
  • Crescent tool*
  • Slotted Silver Bullet Yarn Carrier
  • Slotted Yarn Mast Topper with Heel Spring
  • Digital Counter*
  • Buckle*
  • Allen Wrenches needed for the Machine
  • Red Pick
  • Oil
  • Setup Bonnet
  • Latch Tool
  • Machine Lock
  • One cone of project yarn
  • One cone of waste yarn

A ribbed knitted sample with a ribbed heel will be knitted on the machine and included with the shipment. The sample will be a sock with a toe, knit at my preferred sock tension. If the knitter so chooses, he or she may keep all adjustments the same and use the sock sample provided to judge the length of the sock they would need in order to make a sock that fits. That’s provided one doesn’t get it out of the box and begin turning screws and making adjustments before knowing what the adjustments actually do. All screws are hex heads, so you can’t just go turning knobs and changing things accidentally.

$2950 for the total package.

Pay with a check, and the price is $2850.
Shipping is not included.           
If delivered or picked up, applicable sales tax will apply. (Sales tax if you pick up in CG MO would be about $145)
Shipping is always less expensive than sales tax. (the machine and goods will ship in two boxes. It should be around $35, unless you live on the other side of the Rocky Mountains!

Additional cylinders $250 
Additional Ribber Dials $130                         

Cylinders Available 84, 72, 64, 60, 54 & 48  Ribber Dials Available 42, 72, 64, 60, 54, 48 All cylinders will have a ribber stop pin installed on them.

*These items can be personalized at no charge, or they can come with the Tru-Knit logo.        

There are no hidden charges, such as, “well, if you want a cylinder spring for your machine, it will be an additional cost.” I didn’t list a cylinder spring above, but it does come with a cylinder spring. You’ll need a table and a light to get this bad boy knitting. Tables are conveniently available on CSMSupplies.com

Previous Updates:
  • 11/28/22 UPDATE: General Update
    I don’t have a price yet, and I don’t know when more will ship. I don’t know where you are on the “List.” I have a box with everyone who said they want to buy a machine. Everyone has an index card, they are dated in the order that you spoke to me and asked to be put on the list. I will contact people in that date order. When I contact you, you will the ability to Buy or Pass.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

I know there are more, and I will add them to the list of features.  Some have to do with the way the machine functions…such as you can lower a needle all the way down without the latch closing.  Or the fact that if a latch is partway open, the yarn carrier will brush the latch open the rest of the way. 
These differences are subtle but meaningful.  Do you have a question or want to Contact Jamie?

I plan on having 48, 54, 60, 64, 72 and 84 slot cylinders. All edges are rounded and chamfered.  Appropriately sized yarn will glide smoothly through the machine. The 48, 54, 60, 64, and 72  cylinders will have equal slot ribber dials.  The 84 cylinder will have a 42 slot dial…..If you knew what it is like to work with an 84 ribber dial, you would only sell 42 slot ribber dials too.  Remember, I am a knitter too. The Tru-Knit will use Legare needles and the needles will come with the machine! In effort to not be accused of copying another machine, cylinders and dials will not be interchangable with other brands of machines.

I don’t have a final cost, as the machine is not completely finished yet.

I will post the prices on the tru-knit website as soon as I know what they will be.
Price will be competitive with the current CSM manufacturers.

They will not be the least expensive machine. Nor will it be the most expensiive.

It is made of stainless and aluminum.  There is nothing on the machine that is magnetic besides the needles.

It weighs 7.5 pounds without the ribber in place.  This is about half of what an antique machine weighs.

The Tru-Knit is black anodized with a satin, no-glare finish.  There is no steel on the machine to powder coat or paint or rust. At this time you will not be able to select a custom color because the anodized colors are very basic and not very pretty.  Honestly, making a precise modern machine that works better than any knitting machine on the market was and is more of a priority to me than pretty colors.  Now, you can customize your machine with a really cool acrylic or wooden handle made by Celeste….this was and is a priority for me in designing a machine.  

You need to know that I am a knitter and I have worked with my friends to choose features from all the different machines that we like the best.  We’ve also added features that no other machine has.

  1. A lock to stop unwanted cranks to your machine when you are away.  
  2. Customizable and collapsable yarn guide (or topper).
  3.  Three stage slotted yarn carrier that is adjustable in and out and up and down.
  4. Tru-Gauge™ system.  A gauge will come with your machine that will allow you to measure and replicate tension from sock to sock and machine to machine.
  5. The machine has a double table clamp system, which will eliminate any need to screw the machine to a table.
  6. All screws are hex heads.  Not straight or phillips, this is better because you don’t strip the screw heads.  No screwdrivers or wrenches needed!  Allen wrenches in the sizes you need will be supplied with the machine.

The machines are being made in a state of the art facility with computerized equipment that machines, mills and turns parts with precision. The shop floor is WHITE and the equipment is spotless. The company is located just north of St. Louis, Missouri. The men making the parts are not only highly trained machinists, they are learning to use the knitting machine as well. They are a high production facility, my husband Jeff and I will assemble, test and ship the machines. All parts will be identical, so one vcam will fit all machines, there will be no fitting or grinding of parts in order to make them fit.

I will begin taking orders for the machines as soon as I have a final price (I am hoping to have a final price and to start taking orders on November 15.)
The company that is making the parts will have the capability to meet the demand, it will be up to us (my husband and myself) to assemble, test and ship the machines.
I really wish I could give a hard and fast date as to when the machines will start shipping.  But there are still too many unknowns to project a date with confidence.