The basic principles of V-bed flat knitting have already been outlined in Chapter 18. The main difference between the simple hand-controlled flat and the automatic power flat is that the latter can be programmed to automatically knit a garment length sequence with little or no further human intervention. The term flat bar or power flat has been retained as the generic name for both rib and purl flat machines. Both types originally were designed to knit garment-length blanks of constant width for cut-and-sew knitwear.
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