This last week has been an exciting week in the studio for me, with the arrival of a new industrial hand-flat Dubied knitting machine. For those of you not familiar with this terminology, the term hand-flat is used to describe a type of knitting machine that is hand operated and contains a flat bed of needles (instead of a circular one, which would produce products like socks). The brand, Dubied, is one of a few similar makes of knitting machines (for instance Stoll or Santagostina) that were predominantly used to produce knitwear before industrial electronic machines took the lead in the knitting industry. Although not in production anymore, Dubied machines are still highly valuable to both students learning the technicalities of industrial machine knitting, and to small scale knitwear brands and knitwear designer/makers like myself.
Above: Working on my Dubied in the studio
I learned to use a Dubied when studying at university; we were introduced to this type of machine in our second year of study, after we had gained confidence on the slightly simpler 'Brother' domestic knitting machines. After a few years of developing products for my brand using one of these Brother machines, I decided it was time to invest in Dubied, to allow me to create even more refined pieces of knitwear and ensure the highest quality finish to my products. I am extremely grateful to the Worshipful Company of Framework knitters who have helped fund the machine and make my dream of owning a Dubied come true!
I have spent much of the last week getting back to grips with using a Dubied, exploring the stitches and techniques that can be made on it. I can't wait to develop some new products on it and share them with you all!
Above images show my Dubied machine being reconditioned by Scottish knitting machine engineer Jerry Douglas of Knitting Machine Services. Photo credits to Jerry.