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machine head

a metal peg-and-gear mechanism for tuning a string on an instrument such as a guitar
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  • A while ago one of the men got his necktie caught between the cogwheels and he was drawn into the machine head first.

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  • In the margins are the perforations necessary to feed the film through the machine head.

  • The machine head was positioned on the stand similarly to that of the West & Willson (fig. 127) and stitched from left to right.

  • The support arm of the machine head is iron, cast as a vase of flowers and painted in natural colors.

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