Socks in a rainbow of colors adorn every fashion conscious person’s wardrobe. Babies can’t do without a pair or two of cutely knit socks. In fact, pet owners love to pamper their poodles and other pets with chic and decorative knit socks. Sock knitting is meticulously practiced the world over. Such immense love among all has led to the advent of numerous sock knitting machines.
In the 19th century, virtually every nation held a patent for a sock knitting machine. Several nations manufactured circular sock knitting machines which were a rage in those times. Canadian, Dutch, Scottish and English models of these machines were particularly innovative. In the 20th century, a German manufacturer came up with a sock knitting machine that had 42 slot ribber dials and 84 slot cylinders.
Today, the trend of sock knitting machines is widespread. The machine knits socks way faster than what one could knit by hand. Not many brands manufacture these machines today. As a result, antique machines ought to be retailed. These machines have an old world charm that entices all.
Many companies are retailing antique sock knitting machines by restoring their parts. The restoration process of these machines includes sanding and application of primer, removal of dust and grime, replacement of worn metal parts and mechanical overhauling of the entire machine.
The devices that make up a standard sock knitting machine include are ribbers, cylinders, working needles, heel weights, ‘pick up’ tool, bobbins, yarn swift, heel hook and a set up basket. The ribbers and cylinders are arranged in slots. Many of these machines have an attached automatic needle latch opener for ribbers and cylinders. This is to help prevent stitches from coming off.