Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A fine strainer used to clear paper-pulp from clots or knots as it passes to the paper-making machine.
- n. In textile-manuf, a hand-device for mechanically tying together two ends of yarn or thread.
- n. The mechanism in a harvester and binder which ties the knots in the binding-cord.
“The knotter is the same thing that Cyrus McCormick put on the oldtime reaper.”
“The "knotter" tying device had to be moved frequently to keep the binder twine around the middle of the sheaf according to the length of the straw.”
“Some folks allowed as how that made Ben as true a Maker as ever lived, but no, said Taleswapper, that made Ben, a binder, a knotter, but not a Maker.”
“The faster you could put that bobbin on there, and get that thread over that knotter and get it tied onto that cone on the winder, or either on the spool on the spooler.”
“I used a knotter for just about everything I did but spin.”
“So I used a knotter, and when I creeled warpers, I had to use a knotter.”
“You mean your knotter would be used by somebody else?”
“At the heavier work, the girl at yarding, the folder, knotter, and ticketer, all worked tandem, and if the girl at yarding loses her bonus, all the girls lose the bonus.”
“Instead of giving me the patent knotter, which would have simplified my job enormously, she teaches me what she expresses "the old-fashioned way" -- knotting the yarn with the fingers.”
“Still controlling the agitated spool with her left hand, she detaches the end of yarn with the same hand from the spool, and by means of a patent knotter harnessed around her palm she joins together the two loosened ends, one from the little distaff and one from this large spool, so that the two objects are set whirling in unison and the spool receives all the yarn from the distaff.”
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