The Harris Tweed® Journal

Harris Tweed® Weaving Terms | Day 2

12th June

The phrase “in fine fettle” means being in good health, condition, or spirits. It suggests that someone or something is well-prepared, functioning optimally, or is in excellent shape.

In our Harris Tweed® mills, fettlers are the dedicated individuals responsible for maintaining the wool carding machines. These machines, an essential stage in the production of the yarn used to weave our cloth, need to be regularly fettled – cleaned of fibres and grease to ensure the carding process runs smoothly.

Just as our fettlers keep the machinery in top condition, being “in fine fettle” means being ready and in the best possible shape, whether it’s a person, machine, or process.

Harris tweed fine fettle

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