Single-jersey fabrics are mostly knitted on latch needle sinker top machines. These machines have a simpler construction than cylinder and dial machines, are easier to supervise and maintain, have higher running speeds and more feeders, and knit a greater range of structures with a wider tolerance of yarn counts.
In Europe, double jersey was generally preferred to single jersey, particularly for ladies' wear, because of problems of dimensional stability, structural breakdown, air porosity and snagging of floating threads. However, fashion trends since 1973 towards prints, fine-gauge lightweight fabrics and leisure wear, have increased the world popularity of single jersey to a level previously only experienced in the USA.
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