Dubied Knitting Machine
Here are some photos of my 8 Gauge Dubied model MM from the 1930's. The pictures don't really do it justice. Somehow they impart a worn quality, whereas in person it has a charming patina and character to it. Notice the wooden handles. I picked up this machine through a newspaper ad a little over 2 years ago hardly knowing what it was. I brought it home and appealed to my father to help me bath it in gasoline, eliminate rust and oil it back to a happy serviced state.
Once we had it serviced, I began to muddle through the disintegrating Italian manual. Its home knitting machine cousin might be the Passap Duomatic or perhaps the Superba. Both share the V-bed and dual carriage. This machine however knits a very fine gauge and because of the high grade tooling of all the parts it sort of glides back and forth in a very satisfying way. You can use quite a wide range of yarns from a sport weight all the way down to a very fine lace weight. You can make tubes, you can make socks, patterns and just...all sorts of wonderful, fantastic knitting.
I am using my machine to develop knit yardage for winter in bold stripes. The fineness of the stitch imparts a retro 40/50's feel to the knitted goods. Soon another machine in a finer gauge called a "Santagostino" will be coming from England so I can continue my explorations. For now I will work on my Dubied.
Here is a great resource for understanding the history of semi-industrial hand flat and industrial knitting machines:
It really helps you understand just how varied and complex knitting machines are and how long they have been around for. Whole economies and industries have been built around the drive to develop something as simple as a woolen sock. Enjoy.
Amy Lawrence Knitted Designs
8/14/2012 04:08:19 am
Hey, thanks for helping me with the yarn hunt! Really enjoyed reading this post, love finding people who have a machine like mine! This one is beautiful. I have a 10 gauge Santagostino, will be interested to see what you think of it. I love it! x
8/14/2012 06:00:02 am
5/23/2014 11:00:36 pm
Thanks a lot Anna for your posts. They are very interesting and usefull. Do you know the right model reference of the knitting machine on the pictures? I'm have been gifted with the same knitting machine some weeks ago and I need to understand the right machine model reference in ordr to try to find the knitting manual that is missing. On the right side of the gauge there is an inscription: MR 80cm J 32.
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7/5/2016 01:48:33 pm
Can give you information of the DUBIED M FAMILY early 1890 - 1958
9/27/2021 07:25:24 pm
I have a 12 gage dubbed dl2
2/9/2023 06:29:55 am
Sorry but I do not offer technical problem solving.
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11/22/2017 11:18:49 am
Hello. I have a very similar knitting machine, which I am trying to recover. Could you please tell, which needles you use for your Dubied?
8/3/2020 01:56:13 am
8/24/2020 06:21:38 am
Hello there. My mom lives in Ottawa, Canada and would like to sell her manual Dubied knitting machine. It was purchased in Italy and brought to Canada in the 50s. Can you advise how to sell it? Thank you in advance.
1/13/2021 02:51:47 am
Hello, to the person in Ottawa
2/8/2023 10:39:56 pm
Hi, so happy to have found your blog! I would like to buy a dubied 8. Here in Northern Italy I have found several but none have a user manual and this scares me because they are old machines and I think they have everything in a different way than my passap...But I see that on the internet you can find some manuals in English for Dubied, while you can't find anything for Coppo and Sant'Agostino... Which model do you think is best for an 8 gauge? Thank you!
2/9/2023 06:28:42 am
I have sold my machines and just keep this blog up for educational purposes. I have transitioned to shoemaking. As you can see this particular post is 13 years old. Thanks.
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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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