History of Loopwheel
In the 1920's through to the 1960's loopwheeled fabric was relatively common, but the complexity and glacial slowness of production caused the industry to almost disappear and for most of the machines to be scrapped. Now, most loopwheeled fabric made in the world today is made in the Wakayama Prefecture of Japan.
There is just only exception to this that I know of and that is Merz b. Schwanen in Germany. The loopwheeled machines are actually circular knitting machines that knit "tubes" of fabric, the only tension used in the knitting process is gravity, the end result being a knitted fabric with virtually no inbuilt stress or tension.
How does it work?
A loopwheel machine rotates at just 24 revolutions per minute, a modern knitting machine in excess of 10 times that. Each machine is only able to knit enough fabric for about 8 -10 shirts per day and can only knit a tube of a fixed diameter, so each size finished Tee or Sweatshirt is actually woven on a different sized machine.
Apart from the knitted fabric feeling incredibly soft, it also allows shirts to be made with no side seams. Sweats and tee's that are made out of loopwheeled fabric are necessarily expensive, but look better and last longer than anything else.
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