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Historical Item

Name: Textile machine

Category: Machinery

Size/weight: Several feet long and high, weighed several hundred pounds

Rarity: Commonly found in clothing factories

Value: Worth about $200

Uses: Used for weaving cloth

Description (ca. 1921):
Machines like this one were housed in large factories where they were hand fed with thread and used to weave cloth to make fine clothing. They could be seen lining huge rooms in factories with a single worker operating each all day long. Many injuries occurred if the worker had loose clothing or hair that got caught and pulled out by the machine, making them somewhat dangerous to use.