Main Parts of the Bearded Needle

Bearded needle:
The flexible hooked loop holder which is capable of enclosing the newly formed loop in order to draw it through the previously formed is called bearded needle. It was the first to be produced. It is the cheapest and simplest type of manufacture and it is made from a single piece of metal, in machine gauges as fine as 60 needles per inch.

Main Parts of the Bearded Needle:
There are five main parts of the bearded needle (Fig:A):
  1. The stem, around which the needle loop is formed.
  2. The head, where the stem is turned into a hook to draw the new loop through the old loop.
  3. The beard, which is the curved downwards continuation of the hook that is used to separate the trapped new loop inside from the old loop as it slides off the needle beard.
  4. The eye, or groove, cut in the stem to receive the pointed tip of the beard when it is pressed, thus enclosing the new loop.
  5. The shank, which may be bent for individual location in the machine or cast with others in a metal ‘lead’.
Main parts of the bearded needle.
Fig. A: Main parts of the bearded needle.
Advantages or characteristics of bearded needle:
  1. It is called spring needle.
  2. Cheapest and simplest type.
  3. Used in very fine gauge machine.
  4. It needs a closing elements i.e. pressure.
  5. Suitable for loop transfer.
Uses of bearded needle:
  1. Circular single knitting machine.
  2. Warp knit tricot machine.
  3. Flat bar fashioning machine.
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