My grateful thanks go to the family of Monsieur Charles Hely for donating this machine.
I collected the Dubied from St Brieuc but had no real idea of the weight of these industrial machines. Fortunately for me, the machine was dismantled and ready for me to take away.
This is the only industrial machine I have and it needed a deep clean as it had been sitting for many years in the attic and unfortunately it was suffering from rust.
After I had set it up in my packed shed, I cleaned it up with a lot of elbow grease, petrol and oil. Loads of the needle springs that are required to keep the needles in place were snapped and rusty and I am in the process of trying to get some of these.
Looking for further information about this machine
The machine looks from about the 1930’s – the row counter defines the fact it is an old vintage, however, information on these machines is hard to find – for all I know it could be even older. I have been searching on the web for a manual relevant to this model with little success but I will keep trying. I would love to know the actual age of the model - there were several books given with the machine but none that are relevent to this Dubied.
Once the bed was de-rusted and oiled it knitted on the needles with the springs under, easily. It knits as a double or a single bed and has a tucking cams to do Fisherman Rib Variations plus a racking facility.
The yarn carrier is separate from the carriage and is picked up by moving the wooden handle on the top of the carriage. It has 3 yarn masts and a set of 2 yarn holders, however I am unable to fathom out how to get the front side of the machine yarn carrier to operate. The carriage