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30th August 2018, Obertshausen

Erke Textile’s fine lace for fine clothing

Karl Mayer launched a new generation of highly efficient, multibar fall-plate machines at ITMA 2015, where the productivity of the first machine in the range, the MLF 46/24, 242", was twice that of its predecessor.

The new machine became well established on the market, and was upgraded the following year in time for the ITMA ASIA + CITME 2016 exhibition by equipping it with more guide bars. The MLF 60/32 model delivers the same efficiency and quality as the low-bar version, but enables a wider range of patterns to be produced. Larger and more opulent motifs and a wide variety of edge borders can be worked.The samples of all-over lace shown here illustrate the exceptional features of the MLF 60/32, according to Karl Mayer. The samples were produced in a gauge of E 24 and, despite their different looks, were processed with just a single needle repeat. The 144 needles worked one repeat to create the large-format design, two for the filigree areas and three pattern repeats for the star-shaped flowers.The new pattern made on the MLF 60/32

As well as varying the dimensions of the motifs, the appearance of the ground can also be varied extensively. Open spider-web constructions with a jacquard look, processed with the ground and pattern bars, can be produced on the MLF 60/32 just as easily as a simple tulle ground, whose subtle, jacquard-like constructions enhance the overall effect, the company reports.

The lace fabrics shown here were produced by Erke Textile, a Turkish company founded in 2004 as Beeteks Tekstil, producing stretch powernet, embroidery grounds and tulle – all on Karl Mayer machines.

The new pattern made on the MLF 60/32

In 2014, the manufacturer extended its production capacity to incorporate jacquard raschel machines and the patterns were created by the designer, Wolfgang Häusle, who is based in Obertshausen, Karl Mayer’s hometown.

The new pattern made on the MLF 60/32

An all-over lace fabric in this series can be found in the Patterns section of the latest issue of Karl Mayer’s Kettenwirk-Praxis.

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