Johnstons of Elgin

Today I visited  the knitwear production factory of the famous Scottish brand Johnstons of Elgin, which is situated in the nearby town of Hawick. I was privy to the entire process of production, starting from collecting the correct yarns from the yarn shop, through to knitting on amongst others Shima Seiki and Stoll machines, followed…

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The Border Mill

Directly after the Berlin Common course I visited the Border Mill, a Mini-mill in the small Scottish town of Duns. Mini-mill equipment is designed for small scale operations, where smaller batches of material can be processed to a high standard. The equipment is, as the name suggests, a small version of the most commonly used…

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Fancy Yarn Twisting

Twisting yarn here at Heriot-Watt this week. This lucky PhD has received training on our D&G fancy yarn twister machine and is going to spend the coming week getting to know the machine intimately, testing parameters and settings. Here are some of the initial trial results, using conventional wool and Nylon yarns. Mila Svechtarova @…

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