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Knitting Machine - Dubied, Switzerland, pre 1958 Object Reg. No: HT 18348

'Dubied' knitting machine brought to Australia from Italy in the 1950s by an Italian migrant woman and then sold to Edda Azzola, who migrated to Melbourne from Italy in 1955. It was used by Edda in her Reservoir home to supply a Collingwood knitting mill with finely finished clothes for sale to Melbourne department stores, until the factory closed in 1974. It was then used to make family clothes.

The machine is in similar condition as when first purchased by Edda, except for two modifications made by her husband: wooden blocks under the cast iron frame to raise its height so that she was relieved from constant bending over; and the removal of a flexible arm which moved as the carriage was shunted across - one day nearly clamping her son's leg! So for safety reasons, he made a new two-handed carriage which she also found much easier to use while standing to operate the machine.
Hand powered double bed knitting machine made in Switzerland. Cast iron frame painted metallic blue-grey with the name 'DUBIED' painted in red on either end. Frame sits on two wooden blocks. Working components (needles, needle beds, carriage etc) comprised of steel. Four horizontal steel 'arms' suspended above the machine feed the yarn down to the needle beds. There are four handles comprised of cream-coloured plastic or bone. There is a narrow wooden bench along the back edge for storing accessories such as spools of yarn, cast iron weights, steel combs, needles and wax (for waxing the yarn before threading it).
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Mrs Edda Azzola, 2007
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 2060 mm (Height), 1700 mm (Width)
Weight: 126 kg (Weight)

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Tagged with: textile industry, italian communities, italian immigration, clothing trade, machine knitting, knitting machines
Themes this item is part of: Edda Azzola, Italian Migrant & Textile Worker, 1955, Migration Collection, Working Life & Trades Collection, Immigrant Stories & Timeline, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 1998-2015
Primary Classification: MIGRATION
Secondary Classification: Settlement - Employment
Tertiary Classification: tools & equipment
Inscriptions: On machine: DUBIED.
Manufacturer: Dubied, Couvet, Switzerland, circa 1950
User: Mrs Edda Azzola, Fitzroy North, Victoria, Australia, 1958-1960
User: Mrs Edda Azzola, Reservoir, Victoria, Australia, 1960-2000


hanna shevach Posted on 10 Oct 2012 12:39 AM
is it possible to download the film is which Edda Azzola operates her knitting machine?
Discovery Centre Posted on 11 Oct 2012 2:42 PM
Museum Victoria Comment
Hi Hanna, unfortunately at present the footage is not available to the public. In the future when we can attach video to Collections Online records we will do so.
Annie Dunn Aronson Posted on 04 Feb 2013 4:41 PM
I used a machine exactly like this when I trained as a knitwear designer. It was in the Fashion Department of Newcastle Upon Tyne, U.K

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