05575228 is referenced by 44 patents and cites 17 patents.

A single or multiple needle bar tufting machine is provided with loop forming fingers above the substrate or base fabric and by laterally shifting the needles during tufting, rows of loop stitches are formed over the loop forming fingers on the face of the substrate and rows of pile loops are formed on the back side. Methods are disclosed for utilizing this machine in connection with yarn feed pattern control devices, pattern control needle bar positioners, a controllable fabric feed, to create a variety of novel fabrics and fabrics simulating patterns heretofore only made on looms and knitting machines. The resulting fabrics offer many advantages including lower stitch rates, better substrate coverage, less resistance to sliding traffic, increased abrasion resistance, and improved draping characteristics.

Title
Variable gauge tufting apparatus
Application Number
8/112662
Publication Number
5575228
Application Date
August 25, 1993
Publication Date
November 19, 1996
Inventor
Brian K Lovelady
Soddy-Daisy
TN, US
W Paul Padgett III
Rome
GA, US
Agent
Douglas T Johnson
Assignee
Tuftco
TN, US
IPC
D05C 15/30
D05C 15/12
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