Kissing The Shuttle

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What 'Shuttle Kissing' means -

The 'kissing' of the shuttle' is the action of the weaver drawing the thread of a 'cop' of yarn through the neck of the shuttle before placing the latter in the loom.

As each 'cop' is woven she skewers another 'cop' on the shuttle spindle, places the shuttle to her lips, takes a deep inward breath to release the thread and a second later the shuttle is carrying the thread from end to end of the loom at lightning speed.

Ald. Whittaker's invention promises to dispense with all this. He claims, too, that the patent can easily be applied to existing machinery; that it requires no better quality of yarn, for when the yarn breaks or the 'cop' is finished, another one is inserted without any pause to the speed of the loom. The weaver need never 'kiss' the shuttle, because the threading is done automatically.

Ordinarily a weaver in an average mill has quite enough to do to run four looms, but in the inventor's demonstration shed one weaver and a youth are able, with the help of the patent, to look after 16 looms.

A technical expert describes the invention as distinctly novel, adding that the inventor 'has approached the problem from the manufacturers' side, having uppermost in his mind the provision of effective mechanism with the minimum of disturbance of existing conditions.' The specimen looms constructed by Mr. Whittaker have been seen at work by manufacturers, merchants, and managers from all parts of the country, and the Continent, and they all agree that it is an improvement, the value of which it is impossible to over-estimate.'


The Register - 8th July, 1913.