Last week I found an ad for what I consider the Holy Grail of finds: several Dubied knitting machines in good user condition from a working shop. This company produced well finished, well considered knitwear designs from skirts, to coats, to fine sweaters and was in business for more than 50 years. If you read my blog, you know that I already have some Italian Santagostino's which I imported for no small sum. These Dubied's are Swiss, there is some debate as to which company makes the better machine. Each machine has well finished parts. I do prefer the Dubied carriage over the Santagostino.
These machines do not create patterns via punchcards, instead cams inside the carriage are controlled via switches and these modify stitch formations. You can create rib knits, tube knits or flat knits, then from there modify that basic structure and then from there further modify that structure further by positioning the needles in certain configurations. One can knit Guilloche, Nopped, Cardigan, Variure, Ripple and many other knit stitches. These are classed as NHF4 knitting machines: N: rib and tube cams, F: cardigan cams, H: high and low butt needles, and 4: 4 yarn carriers.
This is a linker (or looper) , it attaches collars and rib bands to the body of the garment. It essentially stitches a chain stitch with yarn. It also joins shoulders and side seams. This one is powered and provides a very professional looking finish. Once I get some practice on it I will post some finishing techniques.
Some of these photos document a "just moved in" state and they require some service, dusting and care. I hope you enjoyed the photos.....
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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