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Decision on a Superba Knitting Machine
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Jul 15, 2017 16:19:18   #
I had a call from a woman that had her mother's Superba knitting machine and didn't have a clue what to do with it. She found out somehow that I had knitting machines.

I have always had Brother and Knitking machines; never s Superba. The pics she sent look quite a bit like a Passap.

I told her I would try to find out any information that I could to help her figure out what it was worth, etc. Apparently, it has been stored for about 5 years.

Any input from you KPers would be appreciated. She said it was working good before her Mother put it away. I haven't been able to find out much info on this particular brand to try to help her.

Thanks in advance for any helpful info.
Jul 15, 2017 17:26:28   #
KateWood (a regular here)
There's a superba group on ravelry.
Jul 15, 2017 21:42:48   #
Posting pics of the machine will help us in determining which Superba model she has......
Superba was also badged under the White and Singer names.......Here's a site that may help...
Jul 16, 2017 09:12:40   #
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question. It is an S48 model.
Jul 16, 2017 10:56:57   #
It's a very old machine. See this link from the knitting machine museum:
However, even if the light scanner doesn't work, the machine can be used as an ordinary double bed machine. It does great ribs and knits beautiful patterns by manually moving the bed in different directions. Its gauge is 5mm rather than 4.5 which means you can use slightly thicker yarn. In spite of their age, Superba machines are very robust and they have a lot of fans. I hope it finds a good home.
Jul 16, 2017 11:01:30   #
topotex wrote:
Thanks for taking the time to respond to my question. It is an S48 model.

Here are 2 manuals that you can download for your machine...
Jul 16, 2017 13:42:53   #
mlab (a regular here)
They are wonderful machines. I was given one by my sister who did not want to use to. It was a 624 - just brilliant. The fact that they are true double bed machines makes it easier to use and they make wonderful double reverse jacquard patterns - bye bye floats!!! Enjoy! You could look at the French eBay for spare parts as Singer/Superba machines were made in France and are still used there quite a bit.
Very good luck!
Jul 16, 2017 14:29:03   #
I've had a Superba machine for over 35 years. Works like new. A true double bed. Great for ribbing, circular knitting. Love it!
Jul 16, 2017 14:35:31   #
Also with the addition of a DAK interface to replace the native patterning device seems to be a great addition. Have not tried it yet but have heard mixed reviews about it. Many positive. I know I will invest in it eventually .
Jul 17, 2017 02:02:40   #
As stated above the Superba was manufactured in France and was also sold under the names of White/Singer. Their patterning system was considered more superior than the Passap. Both were true double bed machines.
Jul 19, 2017 11:17:27   #
Patrick Madden on Ravelry is a Superba expert.
Jul 19, 2017 12:34:47   #
Superba........I had one at one time......much preferred it to the Passap Duo 80, that I also owned for a very short time.
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