Israel M. Hopkins, of Pascoag, R. I., has taken measures to secure a patent lor an improvement in machinery for knitting various kinds of goods. One part of the improvement relates to a certain means of causing the locking bar to descend and lock the Li sinkers" firmly, previous to the commencement of the retreat of the needles and the closing of their barbs by the presser bar, whereby, after the depressions of the thread are made between the needles by the sinkers, the passage under the points of the needles is more effectually secured, and thus any dropping of the loops in the knitting (not an uncommon evil) is prevented. Every time a row of loops is added to the piece that is being knit, there is an arrangement for drawing the thread tight at the selvedge, and thus make a much better fabric.