Work in the Factory - The Finishing Room
The finishing room was where the socks were finished and were prepped for sale. Some stockings had to be seamed manually – where the machine knit only the tub and a woman had to seam the toe. For other socks, women had to manually sew on decorations like pompoms. Women in the finishing room were also responsible for fixing socks that had been damaged in the knitting room but were still salvageable for sale. Finally, women would package the socks in this department – folding them carefully and placing them inside specific plastic sleeves.