I was recently contacted by Vivian down in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Her mother is from Northern Italy and brought this machine along with her to America. I wanted to post about it because all together it is a fantastic machine to knit on.
So yes, its for sale! and if you are located in the States, looking for a basic high quality machine, I highly recommend this.
It is a gauge 7 ( 7 stitches per inch) machine with a metre long bed. Its not a machine with high and low butts, but it does do ribs and tubes and stockinette.
The machine comes with Italian manuals, all of its cast on combs, weights and transfer tools. It also comes with a Super-Otto accessory for patterning (which I have never ever seen complete with a machine) and if that wasn't enough there is a cone winder and skein winder. For me the thing that makes this machine is the patterning Super-Otto accessory and the completeness of the accessories. The Super Otto accessory is a rotating drum which attaches to either side of the carriage, selecting needles for colour jacquard patterns.
I like to see good machines go to good homes so please feel free to contact Vivian about this machine here. If it has sold I will update my post to reflect that. If you purchase it, contact me and I will send you an English knitting manual to help you along.
In other news, I've been installing Margarita's Dubied machines and her old Moretto. Its been really overwhelming keeping track of the parts, restoring them and sorting out electrical work for plugging in the motorized machines. The manuals for the complex machines like the DUT and Moretto have been amazing to parse.
When we first got the machines back, some of them needed testing. So I left those at my parents' farm an hour outside Hamilton. My dad got the electrical connections tested and parts replaced. Then we carted them over here on a large flat bed trailer and got them moved in JUST BEFORE A THUNDERSTORM ROLLED THROUGH!
Today I got the 220v plugs for the machines sorted out, but not before one of the electricians cut through a water line spraying half of my stainless steel machines with tap water. Cue the flailing hands and the visual of a knitter running with an oil can. One of these 'new' machines is missing its motor and the DUT is completely missing its jacquard prism and its set of punch cards. I think we can make the jacquard prism (if that sounds crazy its just a set of perforated metal bars) and the punch cards should not be too hard. There's a level of archaeology that meets technology here which I fundamentally enjoy. There are so many ways to select a needle or particular stitch type on a machine. Its really endless!
Anna is a Hamilton based knitwear and textile practitioner blogging about her collection development as well as pre-1950's knitwear technology.
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