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Frustration in the Studio

Ug! The worst thing in the world is to realize that your equipment can't keep up with you:( This has happened to me a couple of times now......why? Because I cut corners! Oops! All I can say is lesson learned. Apparently with my little Compact, the front warp beam is moving. I adjust it...it moves again....so on and so on. The obvious solution would be to not move it, right? I have to because the beater hits the beam......frustration! Phew! You can see by the pictures below that the metal bar holding the front beam in place has moved.
and in the second pictures what happens on the other side. This is where I'm having the problem. The metal bar is in the way of the beater! You can actually see where some of the wood has worn away. And you can imagine my beat! *sigh*
Finally you can see what has happened to the fabric. Notice the dip on the right hand side?
Unbelievably frustrating! I think this may be the last set on this loom. I maintain the tightness of the screws and can't quite figure out how in the world this problem is happening.......or what in the world held it in place before. I'm pretty sure I'll be ending all of the towel orders on the Megado.....which is kind of funny in a way:) Kind of overkill for towels:) Especially since the designs are all 4 to 8 shafts!

In the meantime I'll be shopping for a good deal on a Louet Spring.....since Louet just 'makes sense' to me!

Back up to the studio.......with a pocket full of hope! AAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHH!

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Karen said…
If you are looking for a good Louet dealer, try A Touch of Twist, near Schenectady, NY. I have 3 Louets and wouldn't think of weaving on anything else.
Karen in Cobleskill NY

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