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11. Weak threads—dropped stitches.

12. Elasticity of welt.

All seams should be strong and flat to stand up under strain, and should have a nice, clean appearance, their smoothness obviating uncomfortable bulges in the feet. If a seam has stitches widely and unevenly spaced, causing heavy ridges, the stocking is immediately stamped as inferior.

Any repairable defects found, such as dropped stitches or break in the seam, are taken to the Menders’ department, where an expert needlewoman takes the stocking in hand to repair the injury.

STOCKINGS

4. Correct alignment of converging wale lines to fashion marks.

5. Uniformity of loop formation.

6. Sleaziness.

7. Horizontal rings caused by variation of yarn, also bad twisting.

Fig. 52 Examining hose for defects prior to the dyeing and finishing process.
FIG. 52—Examining hose for defects prior to the dyeing
and finishing process.

8. Instep matching where stockings are made on two machines “footer” and “legger”.

9. “Menders” in any portion of the fabric, especially in the fashion marks.

10. Classified silk irregularities and “menders”, as set out in Grades of Inspection, page 126.