of knitting together without cutting any of the threads of the fabric and in fact making a join which is scarcely visible to the eye.

Single and Double Thread. There are two methods of linking, one employing a single thread and the other employing a double thread, but the appearance is, to all intents and purposes, the same. The double thread method is, however, far more satisfactory from all aspects and is far less likely to give trouble in manufacture and wear.

The Loopless Toe. There are certain types of stocking made with a “loopless” toe. This name is derived from the description of a linking machine as a “looper”—as such it is known in certain parts of England and America. As the name suggests, no linking is required at the toes as the stocking fabric is narrowed down to a matter of some half-dozen stitches in width, and with such a small distance to be covered it is possible to secure the edges of the fabric by seaming without producing an unsightly or uncomfortable ridge in that part of the stocking. (See page 28 for illustration.)

Left above: As the linking head revolves the guillotine trims off surplus fabric.

Left below: The linking machine needle and looper insert and lock the yarn which joins the two fabric edges.

Below: A battery of Linking machines.

A battery of Linking machines