finally pass through the drying chamber, where a hot airflow is used, thus allowing the stockings to adjust themselves uniformly, and in a natural manner, after which process it will be seen that the stockings have now put on a superior appearance. Temperature in this drying-chamber can be adjusted, as temperature control is an important factor in obtaining the best results with individual qualities.

Next, the hose are taken off the shapes by expert workers, and are then sent off to the Hosiery Warehouse department en route for the retail shop.


pairs of the patented finishing rollers which, with their slight adjustable pressure take out any crease or distortion in the material, giving a fuller look to the hose, and a soft, silky “handle” to their texture.

The rollers are rubber-covered, thus no fibres are damaged or weakened. The elimination of all impurities and “dyestuff” residues is most important from a hygienic point of view, and by the combined treatment of the spray (atomised water) and

FIG. 50. Boarding Machine U.S.A. Type.
FIG. 50—Boarding Machine (U.S.A. Type).
the rubber-covered roller, the desired result is obtained. (The first dyeing operation is scouring, and this does not always remove all undesirable matter.)

In respect of the spray treatment, additional damping chambers are used on some of the most modern machines, in which the stockings are treated with dulling, softening, filling or splash-proofing agents, etc. These chemicals can also be applied in the bath in the dye-house, directly after dyeing, but a more even application of chemicals is obtained on this machine, thus avoiding splotches or lakes of delustred areas.

The treated stockings, moving on the continuous conveyor-belt,