department. The stockings are also placed over expanding “legs”. These subject the stocking to even greater strain that it will meet in wear and any broken threads or weak points in the stocking will be immediately obvious.

Faults are usually identified and marked on skeleton legs

Needle lines on a stocking are due entirely to faults of alignment in the arrangement of needles on the machine, and these can easily be seen if the stocking is stretched lengthwise and held at an angle to the light. This type of flaw must be corrected as soon as possible and brought to the attention of the knitter whose machine has been responsible. Unless this is done, the machine that is at fault will go on knitting stockings of poor quality indefinitely, with consequent loss to the manufacturer, who cannot sell them as first quality stockings.

Nearly all other types of flaws in a stocking can be corrected. Occasionally a thread will have been caught and “drawn”, sometimes during the manufacturing processes. This produces a tight course in the stockings; unless it is corrected the least that can happen is the marking of the stocking with a “ring”; or worse, when the stocking is put on the drawn thread will snap and the stocking spoilt with a ladder or run.

Sometimes the yarn of which the stocking is made will be damaged—not sufficiently to make a hole while the stocking is unstretched, but producing a small hole when drawn over the expanding “leg” when the yarn breaks.

The correctors can quite easily deal with small holes, ladders and drawn threads with the help of specially designed equipment which is installed for the purpose. Any visible flaw remaining after the correctors have