Has to be one of the best semi-industrial double bed knitting machines ever produced – as time went by, they added more and more extras to it, and the most essential were the Form Computer, this allowed you to use any yarn by requesting a tension square and you then had to enter the numbers plus your size etc – this was one of the reasons I bought this machine way back in the 90’s – however I the sales person had sold it to me on the basis that if any future innovations were to come about it would be an upgrade – this was obviously not the case as after about a year the wonderful E6000 was introduced. At that time another great machine came onto the market and that was the Singer 9000 – we had so much choice it was hard to make a decision and I decided to sell my Duo and buy the E6000 and now owning all these machines I know I made the right decision.
Look into the future with no electronics to go wrong!
This however, detracts from my piece re the Duomatic 80, and to my mind as it does not need electronics it may be the only semi industrial machine left that possible could outlast the E6000 – if you know your stuff – and many do, there is so much you can do with this model. I was fortunate enough to work for a designer who bought his from a charity shop and taught himself, and the designs he produced for the London and other fashion shows took my breath away, who would have thought that these wonderful pieces of Haute Cotoure were produced on a domestic knitting machine. With the Duomatic you have a true double bed machine with patterning on both beds thanks to the pusher system and that coupled with say short-rowing techniques can produce some unusual designs.
As time goes on I realise there were so many wonderful patterns that you could produce on the Duomatic that were difficult or even impossible to convert to the E6000 electronic system. Especially patterns with needle spaces. Take a look at the older Passap model book that you can find on machineknitting.com and you will see what I am talking about. Some of the materials are
so beautiful but try to convert those patterns to the E6000 and you may find like me, it is seriously difficult. Now I am not a great expert on the Duomatic and I am extremely lucky that I own several Duomatic 80's as well as the several E6000’s so I can indulge, but unfortunately for me I find the patterning system on the Duo’s hard work ie the punchcard system the Deco – frightens the life out of me and have literally hundreds of punchcards that came with the machines I bought.
Motor or not - perhaps?
I am at an age whereby I need to use the motors to use my larger machines and the thought of it sweeping or should I say clattering al