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mule spinning

a process of spinning that produces extremely fine yarn by drawing and twisting the roving, and winding the resultant yarn onto a bobbin or spindle in the form of a cop.
Compare ring spinning.
Origin of mule spinning
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • There are two methods of spinning: ring spinning and mule spinning.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • The ring spinning differs from mule spinning in having the carriage replaced by a ring, from which the machine takes its name.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • Yarn is wound on bobbins on the ring or mule spinning frame.

    Textiles William H. Dooley
  • This sliver is wound on a bobbin, and taken from the card to the mule spinning frame.

    Textiles William H. Dooley

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