Shuttle picking up bottom threads

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    • #63393
      Sheila
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        Hi.  Newbie here with about 10 months experience. Hope this is a good place to ask this.

        I have a 4 shaft Woolhouse table loom. My beater does not have a rail and I find that the shuttle will pick up bottom threads (and sometimes fall right through) unless I have the tension quite tight. I broke a few too many threads so I relaxed my tension a bit to where it should be. I’m trying to go slower and be more mindful as I throw the shuttle. But my last project (where I was positive I didn’t pick up any) was a repeat of previous troubles. Perhaps not quite as many.

        Any suggestions greatly appreciated!

      • #63430
        Ginette
        Keymaster

          Hi snugentsmith,

          When you have your shed open, do the bottom threads sit on the bottom of your reed, if not, can the beater height be adjusted?

           

           

        • #63450
          Sheila
          Participant

            Thanks Ginette.

            Yes, the bottom threads do sit at the bottom of the reed on an open shed.

            Thx.

            Sheila

            • #63529
              Ginette
              Keymaster

                Hi Sheila,

                I think you’ll have to try and see if you can find that sweet spot between loose & tight to get the right tension so that your shuttle glides over those bottom threads and not pick up any skips and not break threads.  I found when working on a loom without a shuttle race I needed to be mindful on how I was throwing the shuttle, with palms up so I didn’t give it a downwards throw direction and I also increased the tension a tad.  I also used my wrists more than my arms to throw the shuttle (hope that makes sense 🙂 )

            • #63542
              Sheila
              Participant

                <p style=”text-align: left;”>Thanks again Ginette.</p>
                I wondered if perhaps my throwing technique needed a tweak. I will give your suggestions a try and I’m sure they will help. I just warped the asymmetry lesson so I have a good 6 yard warp to refine my throw.

                Thanks again! 🙂

                • #63608
                  Jae
                  Participant

                    You may also want to experiment with different shuttles.  Some are blunt ended and some have a bit of an upwards curl depending on the maker.  I was really struggling until I switched to a shuttle that had a curl.  It was less likely to dip under and catch the bottom threads when I threw it.  I still have to be more careful than on a loom with a rail, but the type of shuttle reduced the issue a lot for me.

                     

                • #63644
                  Sheila
                  Participant

                    Thanks Jae. I have a leClerc shuttle but just purchased a Schacht open bottom one from a lady in Kelowna. I’m hopeful that will help. I received my loom and tools as a gift so I’ve been doing the best with what I have; in fact, I used different shuttles for the first time at a weekend workshop in October.  I hadn’t known there were so many!!

                  • #63888
                    Ginette
                    Keymaster

                      That’s a really good point Sheila 🙂

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