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Oldtymestockings Antique Sock Machine Museums

Visit our antique sock machine museums and learn about the tremendous variety of sock knitting machines.

Explore the history of American, Canadian, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian and Swedish sock machines!

Antique sock machines were manufactured in almost every country.  Most were produced between the early 1800s and 1920s.

Virtually every nation held  a patent.

The style, shape and features of antique sock machines are a reflection of the ingenuity and craftsmanship that the Lord bestowed to our ancestors.



Antique sock machines were invented prior to the industrial revolution.  Hence, standardisation did not exist.

Consequently, the shape and design of each antique sock machine is unique.

Variability exists between identical makes and models.

Our ancestors used pure elements to create antique sock machines.  Most were composed of iron, carbon, copper and gold.

Traditional alloys such as steel, brass and bronze were also employed.

Iron alloyed with carbon produces steel.  Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.  Similarly, bronze is an alloy of copper and tin.



Steel consists mostly of iron and has a carbon content between 0.2 and 1.7 or 2.04% by weight, depending on grade.

Alloying one element with another enhances its properties.  Alloying iron with carbon increased the hardness, ductility and tensile strength of iron.

Carbon functioned as a hardening agent and prevented dislocations in the iron atom.

Carbon remains the most cost-effective alloying material for iron.

However, various other alloying elements such as manganese, chromium, vanadium and tungsten were also used.



Antique sock machines are well over a hundred years old.

Their longevity and continued existence testifies to the superb qualities of the pure and natural elements that God created.

Praise the Lord for His goodness!

What wonderful blessings He has given us to enjoy!

Whether a Victoria Automatic Improved Knitting Machine produced in 1879 or a Harmony Auto Knitter manufactured in 1982, antique sock machines will never lose their charm and worth to society.

May God's wisdom be upon you.  May the Lord bless you with His creative spirit today, tomorrow and forever.  Amen.


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