Loopwheel Circular Knitting Machines

Loop-wheel circular knitting machines, or "mailleuse" in French (picture 123), incorporate a circular needle bed in which spring beard needles are arranged horizontally.

Loop-wheel circular knitting machines, or "mailleuse" in French (picture 123), incorporate a circular needle bed in which spring beard needles are arranged horizontally.

Loop Wheel Circular Knitting Machine

Picture 123 - A loop-wheel circular knitting machine

During the stitch formation cycle (picture 124) the needle moves close to the looping wheel. The corresponding sinker lowers and lays the thread on the needle stem; the sinker then moves outwards bringing the loop inside the hook. The needle reaches the presser which closes the hook.

The loop on the stem is pushed by vertical sinkers upwards until it reaches the closed hook and is knocked over on the new thread.

Presser Wheels Sinker
Picture 124 - Stitch formation cycle on a loop-wheel circular knitting machine
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