History Time – The Single Jersey Knitting Machine

Have you known that the most used knitting machine in the knitting industry is the single jersey knitting machine? It is widely used in the knitting industry for the production of fabric. This equipment can be made in varying diameters with the smallest diameter of up to five, which are mostly being used for wear.

Equipment for making outer and underwear may vary from 12 inches to 70 inches in diameter to suit the requirements of the manufacturers. This type of machine is usable in either as fabric or to make garments completely with a fancy stitch. Latch needles are used in almost all modern circular machines because of their simple action together with their capability to process many types of yarns.

Parts of a single jersey knitting machine

  1. Needle

This is the main element of the jersey knitting machine. It is vital in creating a loop in the yarn hence the production of fabric. The needle lifts up to free the old loop from the hook then collected in the new loop that is placed on the needle stem above it. After this, the needle hook encloses the new loop. This gives way for the needle to descend.

  1. VDQ Pulley

It is a vital part in the performance of this machine. This part controls the quality of the entire product. Changing the position of the tension pulley alters the G.S.M of the fabric. The G.S. M decreases when the pulley is moved toward the positive direction. When the direction is reversed, the G.S.M increases.

  1. Uniwave Lubrication

This part is essential in providing even lubrication to the lifters, needles, cam tracks and other knitting components of the machine. It is also made up of a patented nozzle construction ideal for the separation of the mixture of air and oil that leads to the formation of oil droplets.

  1. Expander

This tool is used in controlling the width of the fabric. It ensures that there is no deformation in the whole knitting process. It also ensures that there is no tension within the jersey knitting machine. This leads to the formation of a more fabric structure in the whole fabric width.

  1. The Pattern wheel

It is used mostly in the Auto Stripe and Pai Lung equipment for the production of various stripes and designs.

  1. Sinker

This is also a necessary part of the machine. It is ideal for facilitating loop forming holding of the loop and knocking over.

Here are some of the features of the single jersey knitting machine;

  • The plain circular latch needle machine produces the single jersey fabric.
  • It uses one set of latch needle.
  • The cylinder, latch needle, and sinker ring rotate throughout the knitting systems.
  • Cones supply the yarn. These cones are situated on free standing creel or overhead bobbin stands.
  • The fabric is drawn into the fabric batching roller in a tubular form from the needle cylinder.
  • Immobile yarn feeders are positioned at normal gaps around the cylinder circumferences.

Further Reading

http://textilelearner.blogspot.co.ke/2013/02/parts-of-circular-knitting-machine-and.html

http://www.textilesmachinery.com/features-of-single-jersey-circular-knitting-machine/

Best fruit trees to grow indoors

When I was getting my garden reworked by the local tree surgeons, i had a conversion with Keith (their boss) about indoor fruit trees. He’d noticed mine and was asking many questions about them.

Keith’s an avid gardener and couldn’t believe you could grow fruit inside a house with hydroponics and vast amounts of rooms. But I showed him my setup and explained how I did it. And in this article I’m going to show you how to do the same.

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Top 7 quality knitting needles

Whether you are a beginner or an expert in the subject of sewing, getting a needle that is perfect and comfortable will ensure optimal results. For an informed decision, I have made a comprehensive analysis and review of some of the best knitting needles. If you are looking for an ideal way to relax and forget all of your troubles, sewing is perfect and you will also be producing good products like scarves, socks, hats and blankets.

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How to start a vegetable garden (for beginners)

Now that you have found yourself reading this article you must be interested in starting your own vegetable garden. It is not as hard as you think.

It’s only really a recent hobby of mine. I had a vegetable garden at my old house (over 15 years ago – yikes!). But i had the room and a great big garden at that residence. It’s only in the last few years that i had the capacity to grow my own vegetable at my current house. The garden was a bloody mess and that wasn’t until i had Manchester’s finest tree surgeons and gardeners round to fix it (thanks guys if you’re reading this) that I finally had the room. Anyway back on with the post…

The new look garden. I love sitting out here and knitting and doing crafts
The new look garden. I love sitting out here and knitting and doing crafts

You might be asking yourself: why a vegetable garden? Well, if you haven’t tasted fresh vegetables grown in a home garden you will be amazed by the juicy flavors that these vegetables have especially if you grow them yourself. There’s nothing like them! I will outline the basics of setting one up all by yourself and you can!

Start small

It is better to be content and proud with a small garden than being frustrated by a big one. One of the most common errors beginners commit is planting too much too early. More they can eat. Unless a zucchini is residing in your backyard start with a small garden. It pays in the long run.

Be smart when selecting your site

Select a sunny location for your garden. Most plants enjoy sunlight. So don’t deny them this necessity if at all you want them to be juicy. Most vegetables require 7 hours of direct sunlight in a day. The more light these vegetables receive the tastier they become.
Use good soil. Almost all vegetable roots require soil that they can penetrate smoothly; therefore well drained loamy soils are your best bet. Enrich your soil with compost manure to improve its texture and drainage.

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How big or small should you start?

A beginner garden should be approximately 15 by 10 feet featuring crops that are easy to grow. A plot this size can feed a family of four for a whole summer with some extras for freezing and canning. Let your garden have 11 rows in width with each row being 10 feet long. Let these rows run south to north to gain advantage of the sun.

Suggested plants to grow

The vegetables that I have suggested below are common and productive. You should also try to think of what you like to eat and add them to my list. It is also wise to contact your local extension officer to determine the best crops you should grow in your region.

Don’t be blind when selecting or else you will end up in frustrations. Some of these vegetables will yield for more than one season. They include: carrots, cabbage, lettuce, radishes, turnips and spinach.
Zucchini, Tomatoes, squash, peppers, cabbage, bush beans, lettuce (leaf or Bibb), marigold radishes, carrots and beets

When should you plant?

It is very important to know when you should plant your vegetables. The planting season is influenced by when you want to harvest your vegetables. Most people want to have their juicy vegetables in summer when the sun’s rays are in plenty. Having in mind that most vegetables take less than 3 months to mature, decide on when to plant them according to when you want them mature

The Knitting and Stitching show at Harrogate

Just wanted to let regular readers know that I will be attending the show this year on the 25th of Nov.

Here’s the details courtesy of TheKnittingandStitchingshow.com

I have reproduced the text below from their website. You can find more details using the link above.

You can buy tickets by clicking here.


The craft event of the year

As the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft show in the UK, it’s your opportunity to share your love of craft with others. Enjoy inspirational galleries, great shopping, plus hundreds of workshops all under one roof. The knitting and sewing event of the year takes place at HIC in Harrogate.

Book your tickets today

Tickets are on sale now for the biggest craft event in the calendar and if you buy in advance you’ll save money. It’s the definitive textiles event covering everything from lacemaking to quilting, shibori dyeing to knitting and crochet. Visit the biggest knitting exhibition in Harrogate with supplies, workshops and textile art.

Contemporary textiles at their best

We have superb galleries here at Harrogate where some of the UK’s best-known textile artists showcase their work; from 3D crochet to surface embroidery, patchwork and quilting to intricate crochet. Enjoy magnificent textile art and meet the expert makers at the craft event of the year.

Everyone loves our Harrogate show

The Knitting & Stitching Shows were established over 20 years ago.
Whatever your passion our craft shows are the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your sewing and knitting supplies. Join us at the knitting event of the year!

Learn a new craft

There are nearly 200 workshops on offer at the Harrogate show. New this year we’ve introduced The Dressmaking Studio so if dressmaking is your passion, you’ll find all sorts of courses to get you started. Learn to knit, crochet, sew, quilt and more, or brush up on skills you already have. The expertise on offer at this sewing event rival any you’ll find locally. There’s no other knitting show like it!

Sewing, knitting, crochet & more

The Knitting & Stitching Show is the largest and most highly regarded textiles and craft event in the UK and it’s your opportunity to share your love of textiles with others. Whatever your craft passion it is the perfect place to find inspiration, learn new skills and shop for all your essential supplies. It’s a knitting exhibition with a difference; a sewing show like no other. Don’t miss the craft event of the year!

Stock up on craft supplies

This is the knitting, stitching and craft show of the year offering over 300 exhibitors selling essential supplies and craft materials. Whether you want knitting yarn and accessories, fabric, sewing machines or embroidery threads you’ll find all the knitting supplies and craft products you can think of at the best knitting show in Harrogate!


Hope to see you all there:)

Top 5 winter herbs for a UK garden

Flavoursome, low-maintenance, and bursting with variety, herb growing is one of the most sought-after and popular activities for the keen gardener. Whilst many herbs flourish during the summer months, this is not to say that herbs diminish during winter; there are, in fact, many that withstand the British winter chill and are as thriving as ever.

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What is loom knitting?

Throughout history, loam knitting has been known by various names and references. Some of the most common names and references include knitting in the round, French knitting, spool knitting, bung knitting, and reel knitting, knitting board.

In retrospect, looms were in use during the middle ages in places like Germany, Britain, France and other parts of Europe. Looms were generally used in knitting blankets, petticoats, bags, stockings, sacks, shawls and several other things. It is even believed that apprentices had to knit their masters amounts before they could become masters themselves.

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Love gardening? Then why not learn about its roots

I’d forgotten all about this documentary by the BBC and Monty Bloom. I caught it last year and was amazed and some the interesting facts and histories.

I’ve been to a few places they mention in the video (and i can highly recommend them).

It’s definitely worth a watch if you’ve ever wanted to learn the history of the humble UK garden.

Enjoy:)