The Knitting Laboratory is equipped with a wide variety of knitting machinery in order to best serve the textile industry at large, as well as the educational and research needs of NC State students and faculty. Weft knit capabilities include circular knitting on a variety of single and double knit machines in various gauges, as well as an array of state-of-the-art Shima Seiki flat knitting machines. Services offered include fabric and sample development to fit the specific needs of a given client’s project.
Circular Knitting Machines
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Mayer and Cie OVJA Electronic Jacquard (18 gauge) – Double knit circular knitting machine with 48 feeds, LGL storage feeders, and fully programmable electronic selection of the cylinder needles.
Flat Knitting Machines
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Shima Seiki Mach2XS (8 and 15 gauge) – WholeGarment flat knitting machine with additional needle beds for producing seam-free knitwear requiring no assembly processes.
Warp Knitting Machines
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Rius Mini-tronic Raschel Warp Knitting Machine (12 or 6 gauge) – Sample-size raschel warp knitting machine with 8 pattern bars for the production of various warp knit fabrics including nets and 3D spacer fabrics. This machine has electronic control of the pattern bars and is fully programmable.
Weft knits are composed of horizontal inter-looping courses and wales, thus causing the yarn paths to run across the width of the fabric. Single knitting can be used to produce jersey, purl or rib knit whereas double knitting can be used to produce rib double or interlock double textiles.
Some of the properties of weft knits include softness, warmth, comfort, stretch, recovery and wrinkle resistance.