Moving heddles on a David

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    • #34360
      Maureen Janda
      Participant

        I would appreciate any advice on how to change around heddles on a Louet  David.   Because there are no rigid ends on the shafts of the David,  the whole shaft collapsed on me when I tried before to remove heddles. I’m sure there must be some kind of technique to this?

        Thanks,  Maureen J

         

      • #34362
        Kathy
        Participant

          Good question! I’d like to know too.

        • #34366
          Sandra
          Keymaster

            OK – I’ll weigh in on this one.  One thing you must do is secure your heddles before taking them off a shaft.  Tie bundles in numbers you’ll remember.  Get some twist-ties and secure 50 (or ?) above and below the eye.  Once secure (and that’s oh so important 🙃) you can unhook the bottom of the shaft, holding on and not letting it fall – remove your bundle, remove it from the top of the shaft, and they’re off.  Keep them organized and it’s easy peasy.

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            • #34444
              Kathy
              Participant

                Thank you, Sandra! 😍 The picture is great…very helpful!

            • #34483
              Maureen Janda
              Participant

                I also “discovered” that it’s a good idea to run knitting needles or other appropriately sized stick through all the texsolv holding the 8 shafts front to back just below the castle on the side you’re disconnecting and another under the lower shaft running through the openings on all the shafts, this keeps things from moving or dropping as the tension on the texsolv is released when you remove the shaft’s cup-hook from the texsolv. Otherwise, you have to hang on to that tiny piece of cord for dear life with one hand while trying to remove or add heddles.

                Good luck. It’s not hard once you get a routine. Oh, and I also inserted the blocking pin to keep the wooden gear things under the castle lid from moving.

                • #34532
                  Kathy
                  Participant

                    I’m going to have to look at my loom tomorrow and see if I can understand this…it’s late and I can’t seem to wrap my brain around this, but I really, really want to! I know I would fumble trying to hang on to everything. Thank you!

                • #174199
                  ahoerig2
                  Participant

                    I knew about twist tying the heddles, but the knitting needles were wonderful!  THANK YOU!

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