Seamless glove knitting

The Shima Seiki Company has perfected a fully-automatic method of glove knitting in tubular plain on a small width V-bed machine (Fig. 19.8). Each finger is knitted in turn from its tip, with its loops then being held until the palm sequence commences. The glove is completed and pressed-off with an elasticated mock rib cuff. Control of knitting across the varying width is assisted by spring-controlled holding-down sinkers (now housed in the needle cylinder) and a variable traverse of the cam-carriage. A digital inverter provides infinitely variable speeds and smooth operation.

Machine gauges range from coarse gauge E 5, E 7, E 8 to fine E 10, for work, driving and fashion gloves. E 13 and E 15 are ultra-fine for precision work and special applications. Knitting speeds are approximately 1 minute 40 seconds for an E 5 glove to 3 minutes 7 seconds for an E 13 glove. An associated development is the five-toe sock-knitting machine in E 10 and E 13 gauges with 60 and 74 needles. It has a special picker mechanism for knitting the heel, and the step motor stitch control has 90 levels.

Shima Seike Mechanism

Fig. 19.8 The FIRST 123 three-system, short-bed computerised flat knitting machine [Shima

Seiki].

Fig. 19.8 The FIRST 123 three-system, short-bed computerised flat knitting machine [Shima

Seiki].

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