Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A knitting-machine needle with a hinged latch or catch so arranged as readily to take on and throw off the yarn-loop in the process of knitting: invented by Matthew Townsend, Leicester, England, in 1849.
“In the form of auxiliary appliances are produced many kinds of stitching machines; circular latch-needle machines for plain ribbed, mock seam, and striped goods; steam presses; hose rolling machines; hose cutting and welting machines, and many other accessories to hosiery manufacture.”
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