Leigh Spinners use old carpet tufting machines for very modern product
10:00am Thursday 19th September 2013 in NW
This week the Journal’s Sophie Arnold goes behind the scenes at Leigh Spinners, which is celebrating 100 years in the town
A TUFTING machine consists of a row of needles and each one has to be individually threaded before the machine starts up.
Originally used to tuft carpets, it looks and acts like a huge sewing machine that now produces large sheets of artificial grass.
There are seven tufting machines at Leigh Spinners, each with a different gauge to suit the different specification required from multi-use game areas to golf tees.
There is even a machine that makes grass for horse jumps – and marks the jump onto it.
Different types of stripes are needed because horses know a left hand from a right hand stripe.
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