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Framework Knitting Machine

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Published on Sep 7, 2012

This video shows a framework knitting machine being used for about 6 minutes at a production speed (following the introduction). At the framework knitting museums it is only possible to see the machines being used slowly as it is not practical to work them for the many hours each week which is needed to achieve production speed.
The video shows about 100 courses being knitted on the machine which is a treadle operated 34 guage straight bar knitting machine. The knitting consists of 26 courses of plain knitting, 28 courses of lace border another 26 courses of plain and the rest is the lace panel. The picture of the scarf at the end of the video is the same as the scarf being made on the machine.
This machine was built for John and Richard Morley (Machine No, J&RM No 2337) in about 1840 as a stocking frame. Later it had the new marks of I&R Morley added (I&RM 2337). The machine was then converted for use in the shawl trade by the addition of a transfer bar and deep throated sinkers. The machine was remarked ES 11 (manufacturerer not known) and then T 11 (Top shop m/c 11) which was J Buck and Sons Ltd of Hucknall. The machine was then on display at The Ruddington Framework Knitting Museum until 2001 when it was moved to Kirby Muxloe, converted from 3 to 5 at once and used for the production of fine lacy scarves. Information of these can be found at http://www.martin-green-shawls.co.uk/
There is a short demonstration (about 1 min) of this machine at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pj_Lb4...
There is a video of my frameshop which gives an explanation of the movements of the machine and tells some history of framework knitting put on by the Leicestershire Industrial History Society (about 7 min) at http://www.lihs.org.uk/framework_knit...
The markings on this machine can be seen at https://sites.google.com/site/picture...
Video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rQrzbs... called 'Meeting The Presser' The film has been made in my workshop and tells some of my story. (about 8½ mins)

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