Combing is a method for preparing fibre for spinning by use of combs. The combs used have long metal teeth, and only barely resemble the comb used on hair. However, they are used in a similar fashion with one comb holding the fibre while the other is moved through, slowly transferring the fibre to the moving comb.combs

Combing the fibres removes the short fibres and arranges the fibre in a flat bundle, with all the fibres going the same direction. This preparation is commonly used to spin a worsted yarn. Woollen yarns cannot be spun from fibre prepared with Combs, instead the fibre must be carded. Cotton is combed when it is to be used for high quality counts. In general, combing is done with fibres that are longer, and carding with fibres of a shorter length.

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