Style Terms


The complete glossary for style and fashion terminology.


What does Shuttle mean?

In shuttle looms, it is the device that carries the across the .  One unique characteristic of shuttle looms from modern, mass-producing looms is that they can create a finished edge, also known as a selvedge.

Style Terms explains Shuttle

The shuttle is the spindle-shaped device used in weaving to hold the , or , and is passed back and forth through the shed. In 1733 John Kay patented the flying shuttle, a device that threw the shuttle through the shed by a lever.

The flying shuttle greatly decreased the amount of time needed for weaving. In addition, it allowed for wider fabrics to be woven, as now the was no longer limited by the weaver’s arm length to pass the shuttle from one side to the other.