A Dictionary of Occupational Terms Based on the Classification of Occupations used in the Census of Population, 1921.
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Sub-order 8.—Other Workers

225.—Card Clothing—Clothiers, Setters, Nailers

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card clothier
see card nailer.
card dresser ; card finisher, dresser
(i) (card clothing factory ) operates and adjusts machine having very fine adjustments, to correct the angle or setting of card clothing wires and to grind wires to even length by means of emery wheels; cf. grinder (card clothing) (237);
(ii) (textile mill machines ) inspects card clothing foot by foot, and sees that material is perfect for working purposes; uses small tools and pliers to adjust wires to correct length.
card finisher
see card dresser.
card nailer ; card clothier, card setter-in, nailer (card clothing)
strips-off worn card clothing from scribblers, carding engines, etc., and replaces it with fresh; directs winding of card clothing fillets on to carding machine cylinder, which is revolved mechanically, and secures fillets by driving, nails or tacks into wooden pieces set in cylinder; may be a master man, contracting direct with textile mills, and himself working, or may be employed by card clothing manufacturer.
card setter, card teeth setter, card setting machine minder
see machine attendant.
card setter-in
see card nailer.
circler (comb making)
fixes by hand, by means of powerful adhesives, fillets of card clothing to small cylinders, or flats forming a "circle," in combing machines used in fine cotton spinning; is highly skilled and is usually outplayed in large cotton spinning and weaving mills.
circle setter
fixes flats, already containing card clothing, in position on a carding machine, by bolting them with nuts on to a revolving framework, the whole when completed forming a circle of flats; is always employed in .textile mills and not in card clothing manufacturing establishments; cf. circle setter (278).
comb leather maker ; gill leather maker
(i) attends machine, or machines, for setting wire teeth into a leather foundation for making textile comb, etc., clothing;
(ii) as for machine attendant.
see card dresser.
filler-in, filler-up (card teeth setting)
replaces defective or missing wire card teeth by threading new pieces of fine wire, by hand, into the strips of card clothing, and by cutting wire to correct length by means of pliers; sometimes also pares edges of card clothing foundation, with sharp knife, to width required.
fat clothier, flat cloth worker
see flat stretcher.
flat stretcher, card flat stretcher ; flat clothier, flat cloth worker
adjusts and feeds, with card flats, clamps and fillets, a machine which mechanically stretches card fillets, and clamps them to metal flats.
gill leather maker
see comb leather maker.
machine attendant, machine tenter ; card setter, card teeth setter, card setting machine minder
attends and makes very fine adjustments to machine, or series of machines, which "sew" into textile foundation of card clothing, varying lengths and thicknesses of fine ware to form teeth of card clothing; places coils of wire on reels, threads wire into feed and through cutter die; places roll of cloth on spindle and feeds into machine; watches for any faulty work.
nailer (card clothing)
see card nailer.
tack setter
an assistant to card nailer q.v. who may be learning the trade; rarely so called, as work is usually done by general hand supplied by textile mill to assist card nailer.

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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.