Johann Jakob Zimmerlis dyehouse goes bankrupt. Whilst seeking gainful employment he learns through the newspapers about the new knitting machine. He sends his wife Pauline to Basel where she gets training from one of Lambs agents. Following some initial difficulty, Pauline Zimmerli quickly learns how to knit the finest hosiery and mens socks. She very quickly develops into a proficient business woman who knows how to sell her products way beyond the regional boundaries.