Images and Text by courtesy of Queen Street Mill Textile Museum, Burnley
Used for soaking the cotton yarn with a mixture of boiling size (a starch solution). This reduces the amount of fibre fluff and also strengthens the yarn before weaving.
The tapers back beam frames are placed in position at back of the sizer. All the ends are then passed through the size-box, round the drying drums, through the headstock in an even sheet and onto to weavers beam which is then taken to the 'looming' or 'drawing-in' stage.