Tip Stretcher

Tend machines that knead tips of felt hat cones.

What does a Tip Stretcher do?

Tends machine that kneads tips of felt hat cones to form and shape crowns of hats: Soaks cones in trough of heated water. Selects hat form according to size specifications, positions form on machine bed, and moves lever to secure form. Pulls soaked cone onto form and depresses pedal to raise form and cone against moving machine fingers that knead tip of cone, stretching cone onto form and shaping crown. Grasps bottom of cone and rotates cone to ensure symmetrical shaping of crown. Removes resulting hat body and pulls it onto hat block to smooth crown and set shape.