machine works with absolute accuracy and that its needles do not cut through the yarn of the stocking fabric, the stocking is placed on points exactly the same size and the same distance apart as the needles of the machine on which the stocking was knitted. These points for the outside edge of a revolving turntable.

Side Linking. For side linking where the edges at right angles to the courses have to be joined in order to make the operation easier to perform, the loops that are placed on the points are those of a wall of stitches a little way in from the extreme edge. The wall is made prominent so that the operator can handle the work more easily by “rubbing out” with a warmed smooth pointed tool which is run along the fabric to iron the stitches flat and at the same time slightly enlarge them. In the linking of top edges of the fabric the courses that are to be placed on the points are deliberately knitted slackly to make the operation easier to carry out. Once the edges to be joined are placed upon the points, the turntable revolves and first the small guillotine removes the surplus material and then the “looper” stitches the two edges

The illustrations on these two pages show the skill required in placing the stitches of the fabric on the points of the linking machine’s revolving head.

Showing the skill required in placing the stitches of the fabric on the points of the linking machine's revolving head - 3