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Help – I’m getting skips in my cloth!

I’m a fairly new weaver with a Leclerc Nilus 4 shaft. I wove a tea towel kit from Jane’s store using cotton boucle and it went well. Now I’m weaving tea towels from a kit using organic cotton. Every inch or two I’m getting small skips over just one extra thread. We adjusted the treadles so they rose more uniformly, then I cleaned up a few heddles that had lint in them, but the problem persists. Have you any idea what I can have done/am doing wrong?

There are several possible reasons. I would try increasing your tension a titch. If they are only on one side then you should watch how you are putting the shuttle inside the shed. You might be diving a little as you throw. Make sure your shuttle is flat (horizontal) as it goes into the shed. I would also check to see if your warp is sitting on the shuttle race or if it is riding high on it (that is assuming you have a shuttle race). On some looms you can raise or lower your beater so that the shuttle race is in the proper position. If you have a shuttle race on your beater it should be sitting right under your warp when the shed is open. The shuttle race should support the bottom of your warp which helps prevent skips. Sometimes floats can be caused by not getting a clean exchange of warp threads which is why I always leave the beater against the fell of the cloth until after I change my shed. Once I’ve changed my shed I return the beater to the castle so I can throw my next shot. By bringing the beater back at this point it can clear up anything that might be sticking.

My warp is slightly off the shuttle race about 1/8” but I don’t see a way to change it. Being really watchful has helped the problem. I’ve had two skips but was able to repair them right away.

If you look at the bottom of your beater arms on the inside, there should be a long metal bracket type thingme with 2 nuts on the them. If you undo those nuts you will see that your beater will move up and down. Lift your beater up as far as it will go…. Do one side at a time and tighten them up…. I betcha your shuttle race will be sitting beautifully underneath your warp supporting it. Throwing you shuttle properly = good technique and good technique = good cloth :^) Always weave mindfully, watch how you put that shuttle into the shed…. If it is dipping you will pick up warp threads.