from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A sort of smooth shelf in a weavers' lay, along which the shuttle runs in passing the weft.
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The cloth is held in a vertical position in the machine, and the part to be sewed is pressed against the side of the shuttle-race by a presser plate hinged on its upper edge, and capable of exerting any required pressure on the cloth, according as the adjusting screw that regulates it is turned.
A slot, or perforation through the plate, also extended through the side of the shuttle-race near the bottom, admits the passage of the needle; and when this is pushed in the shuttle can still pass freely over it.
And the shuttle-race gaped for them as they sat at the weaving-stock.