of heavier fabric well under the entire ball of the heel, while the upper-heel arrangement working in conjunction with the instep, provides a wrinkle-proof ankle, and smoother fit across the instep by the use of “right-angle” contour wales.
Gusset Toe. This is an actual gusset on each side of the toe section of the stocking, giving a toe which is similar in design to that of a fully-fashioned stocking. This gusset gives depth to ensure better fit, and the gusset portion of the toe can be adjusted according to size, giving added volumetric capacity without strain. This double-extended gusset is formed by right-angle gusset wales (vertical stitches) which give to the toe of the hose ample fabric stretch in both length and width, thereby assuring cool comfort for active feet, even on the hottest days.
Lace Welt. This can be manufactured on a machine with the selected needle control which makes possible the production of Jacquard designs, also words, in the after-welt and welt hem of the stocking.
A “Mock” seam can be put on hosiery by a seaming-machine operation, the seam extending from the welt to the heel, where it ends, not being carried along the sole of the foot. On the latest machines, the seam can be inserted automatically, during the manufacture of the stocking, also “Mock Fashion” marks can be put in at each side of the seam if required. However, the construction of a Seamless Hose without the mock-fashioning and the seam lends itself admirably to the No-Seam nylon style, with the streamlined trend which is very popular in the U.S.A., being made on 400 needle (in 3¾" diameter) machines. In the U.S.A. 10 Denier mono-filament nylon has been successfully knitted and where dimensional hosiery is made on Seamless machines, small and medium sizes are made on 344 needle and 370 needle, 3¼" and 3½" diameter machines respectively, while the 400 needle, 3¾" diameter and 432 needle, 4" diameter machines would be used for the larger sizes.
In a “No-Seam” Hose, fashion marks and the seam at the back of the stocking are omitted.
The “No-Seam” nylon stocking is a tremendous step forward in the art of hosiery manufacture—this really is hosiery history in the making.
The success of this style is due to the pre-boarding of the