A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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Sub-order 1.—Textile Workers

368.—Drawers-In and Twisters-In

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drawer, drawer-in, drawer-in of healds, warp drawer-in, drawing frame attendant, enterer, gaiter-in, gear drawer, harness drawer, healder, in-taker ; loonier, reeder, reeder-in, slayer, sleyer, taker-in, warp dresser (unusual), warp loonier, warp slayer, warp taker-in
attaches weaving beam to drawing-in frame, and draws each warp yarn, separately, with a hook, through eye (or loop) of heald, and through dent of reed in loom.
loomer, warp loomer
see drawer; sometimes also does work of twister q.v.
loomer and twister
combines work of drawer q.v. and twister q.v.
looming machine operator
a loomer or drawer q.v. operating a machine for mechanically threading warp threads through heald; lays warp on machine in level sheet and moves levers causing machine to pick-out threads and to draw them through healds.
reeder, reeder-in
see drawer.
slayer, sleyer, warp slayer
see drawer.
springer, heald springer (cotton)
assists machine minder in drawing-in room of weaving departments; does work (or part of work) elsewhere done by drawing frame attendant q.v.
taker-in, warp taker-in
see drawer.
tier-in, tier-on, warp tier-in
a twister q.v. who ties ends of new warp to those of old warp, when pattern is unchanged.
see twister.
twister, warp twister, twister-in, twister-on, twisterer ; twirler, warp dresser (unusual)
(i) (hand process) selects one thread of old warp and corresponding thread of new warp, and twists them together between thumb and forefinger;
(ii) (machine process) clamps old and new warps in two parallel sheets, the old uppermost; controls mechanism of twisting in machine which picks up individual threads from each sheet of warp and twists them together.
twister, patent
a twister (machine process) q.v. who tends a patent twisting machine composed of reeds, etc.; places warp in position in machine and controls machine by levers.
twister, warp
(i) see twister;
(ii) twists together, by machine, two threads of different colours; or twists, on warps, single threads of yarn into two-ply or three-ply strands.
combines occupations of twister and of drawer q.v. usually in small mills.
warp dresser
(i) (unusual) see drawer;
(ii) (unusual) see- twister; cf. warp dresser (367) and (369).

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From: A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921,
Ministry of Labour, 1927. Digitised by Peter Christian, August, 2016.   This text is in the Public Domain.