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Hello Crafties! I'm just as surprised as you are about this. A few days ago, I was browsing amazon for affiliate links and stumbled across this gem. This comes right on time for the holidays! Last year, I made up some leg warmers for a video that I never recorded 😅 and I used the Sentro 22. While I wasn't upset with the results, because I do have a wider calf, I knew that I could have used a few more stitches to have a more comfortable fit.
The same concept applies to the socks that I've done tutorials on. For those with larger or wider feet, extra stitches are a must, according to my comment sections. Well ladies and gentlemen, this may be just the solution! I've also been asked in recent weeks about creating toddler hats on the Sentro and I figured that one would been to use the 40 needle size.
After mulling it over and using some rewards points, I was able to get this machine for $17! What a steal! I immediately started to tinker with it and here is what I learned about the Sentro 32 needle knitting machine:
It offers more secure footing on the craft table
This version has both suction cups and the tiny black rounds to help the machine to securely stay on your craft table. While making a test swatch, I was able to crank with one hand, which was a nice change of pace from my other machines.
The handle is not removable
It's hit or miss with this feature. Unlike the Sentro 22 needle machine, the handle crank is non-removable so, you'd have to use a standard drill attachment for a more automated experience.
This version works like all the others and seems to accept the same yarns
That's right! There's no difference in how to operate this machine from the others made by Sentro. In the review that I put together, I assembled this one similarly to the others and I also cast on. So, if you have the other machines, once you assemble this one, you're good to go! If you haven't had a Sentro before, I have a nice playlist on my channel that will help you get started.
The videos on that playlist are in chronological order. As I get more ideas or asks, I add to it!
Also see my list of yarns that work on the Sentro knitting machine.
There is no brand name printed on this one
Even though I purchased it from the same seller as the other two Sentro's I own, the 32 needle machine is unbranded. I don't think it matters too much, unless you're a stickler for having the brand name on all your products. Honestly, I would have liked to have the Sentro name on my machine but, considering mine probably won't be on display in my videos, I can live with it.
There is no row counter
This is something that I wish all Sentro machines had made into the machine. It's a handy tool and makes the sharing of designs a little less chaotic. Much like the Sentro 22 and 40 needle machines, this one does not have a row counter. This means that you'll either need to use a tape measure or install your own row counter.
Over all, this machine has a 4 star review on Amazon and as of the day I'm writing this blog (around Black Friday) the price has been marked down to $45.99. I think it's a good starter investment for a knitting machine. Now that I have it and have done some test runs with it, I think it's a good size for making standard baby hats and even leg warmers (videos coming soon).
I think that I've covered all my bases in this blog, if not though, check out this video where I go
through the assembly of the Sentro 32 knitting machine and give some thoughts on the series as a whole.
Til Next Time,