08359989 is referenced by 15 patents and cites 166 patents.

A stitch distribution control system for a tufting machine for controlling placement of yarns being fed to the needles of the tufting machine by yarn feed mechanisms to form a desired pattern. A backing material is fed through the tufting machine at an increased stitch rate as the needles are shifted according to calculated pattern steps. A series of loopers or hooks engage and pick loops of yarns from the needles. The yarn feed mechanisms further can be controlled so that selected loops of yarns can be back-robbed so as to be hidden from view in the finished patterned tufted article.

Title
Stitch distribution control system for tufting machines
Application Number
12/495016
Publication Number
8359989 (B2)
Application Date
June 30, 2009
Publication Date
January 29, 2013
Inventor
William M Christman Jr
Hixson
TN, US
Wilton Hall
Ringgold
GA, US
Agent
Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice
Assignee
Card Monroe
TN, US
IPC
D05C 15/26
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