For the February 2013 guild presentation, Jennifer Price set up her antique sock knitting machine for a demonstration. In addition to watching how the machine worked, Jennifer also shared the history behind the machine, what to look for when thinking of purchasing a machine, and some neat peculiarities that her particular sock machine has.
Jennifer’s demonstration was on a vintage Erlbacher Gearhart Sock Knitting Machine. Jennifer walked the guild through the history of the machine from it’s concept and inception through it’s use in WWII. For a complete history of the machine, and some of it’s more interesting uses, please visit Gearhart Machines written by Mr. Mark Gearhart.