The Superba Forma

The beautiful unit that is the Superba Forma pattern driver.

This green beauty is the Superba Forma. If you are not familiar with it, it is Superba’s version of a knitleader or knit radar, that is, a device that allows you to knit from a drawing of a garment instead of from written instructions.

This particular unit is new to me, and I was THRILLED to find someone who had one for sale. I know there are computer programs that do this kind of thing, but I enjoy the simplicity of putting a piece of paper in the unit, setting it up, and knitting along. I had a knit radar on my Singer 360 (they are built into the machine), and my Singer 155 has a KR7, so I was really missing having one on my Superba.

It did come without the pattern sheets, but lucky for me again, someone was selling a set on eBay.

The pattern sheets for the Superba forma.

I think this is actually “set 2,” which leads me to believe there was a set 1 that would have shipped with the forma originally, and that maybe this is a separate set you could buy, but I’m not 100% certain about that. It would make sense if set 1 had more basic shapes. This set seems to have more jackets and things versus, say, a standard raglan sweater, but there are still some very easy shapes, especially for children.

Before I could use the forma, I had to attach it to the machine. So with manual in hand (computer), I headed to the machine. Why was it so difficult for me to attach to the machine? I have no idea. But it took me quite a few tries to realize I wasn’t attaching it properly. I made a video on the subject in case, like me, anyone has a hard time with this seemingly very simple task, ha. You can check it out here:

How to install the Superba forma to your double-bed Superba knitting machine.

I am currently in the process of making a video showing how to operate the forma, and I’ll post that as soon as it’s ready. Until then, happy knitting 🙂

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