The Power Loom

By Zachery Hayth

Where and when the power loom was invented and who invented it?

The power loom was invented by Edmund Cartwright in doncaster England and was developed from 1785 to 1787.

How it works

The power loom operates by having a device called a shuttle move across the the warp placing the weft and then an automated roller pushes the weft down and the shuttle goes back across.

Why was the power loom an important invention?

The power loom is an important invention because it eliminated the need for employers to pay weavers so they could save money.

Why was there a need for this invention?

The power loom was needed because it manufactured cloth than a human worker and would eliminate the need to pay the human worker saving the company money.

What was its purpose?

Edmund Cartwright devloped the powerloom to weave fabric faster than a human can so more could be made in one day than a human weaver could make in a week.

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