jack loom

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Due to popular demand we have reintroduced our eight shaft, ten treadle 97cm (38") weaving width, folding Jack loom. Create your own beautiful fabrics with ease on this strong compact loom. The loom features include: Eight shafts Ten treadles Bottom pivot beater with built-in shuttle race Eas ...Read more

Due to popular demand we have reintroduced our eight shaft, ten treadle 97cm (38") weaving width, folding Jack loom. Create your own beautiful fabrics with ease on this strong compact loom.

The loom features include:

  • Eight shafts
  • Ten treadles
  • Bottom pivot beater with built-in shuttle race
  • Easy action warp advancement with steel ratchet
  • Large rising shed
  • Friction rear brake
  • Quiet smooth parallel lamms
  • Smooth nylon shaft guides and easy shaft removal
  • Folding back beam for storage and transport
  • Built-in raddle with cap rail
  • Removable front beam – for easy threading
  • Removable back beam
  • Handy shelf above castle
  • Quick and easy warp stick attachment





specifications
97cm (38")
58kg (127lb)
required
12dpi Stainless steel reed, 35cm Boat shuttle, 5 x Cross sticks, 10 x wooden warpsticks, 100 x Texsolv heddles per shaft
lacquered
Assembled 110cm (43.3") H x 110cm (43.3") W x 100cm (39.3") D
With back beam folded in 70cm (27.5") D
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“Jack looms were first manufactured by Ashford over 30 years ago and last made over 10 years ago. At that stage I had a couple of rigid heddle looms and one eight shaft table loom, I did not know that I would need or want a Jack loom and then, of course, they all sold. Jump forward 10 years and I am very excited to have had the opportunity to not only have a Jack loom but also be involved in the redesign of the 2017 model. So what do I think about the new Jack loom?

Assembling – Ashford was a world leader and started the “assemble and save” idea and this continues with the Jack loom. The loom comes in two large cartons. I was able to assemble it with not too much difficulty. I was glad (even though I was very familiar with them from hours of laying out and editing) that I read the instructions all the way through before I began and checked the hardware and identified the parts to make sure I was using the right part in the right place. It was not a 5-minute job but I did get to know the loom quite well in the afternoon it took me to assemble it.

Once assembled, I was extremely satisfied with the ease of attaching my warpsticks, I attached two permanently, one at each end and then connected my end warp stick quickly with the texsolv pegs. I was very happy with the ease of warping and threading. I thought it would be more difficult but it was no problem at all, I did it just the same as I would any of my table looms. The new raddle placement makes winding on a breeze! The raddle and removable cap works very well and I just love the removable beams on this loom (I wish the table looms had this feature). Once threaded and sleyed, I leashed on to the front warp stick and was ready to weave. The first time I tied up the treadles I got down on the ground – this was not so convenient – so the second time I simply tipped the loom onto its front and comfortably and quickly changed my treadle tie up.

Once weaving I found it quite different to the table looms, a lot less thinking required, I was really able to get into a good rhythm so weaving was by far a lot quicker. I found the width was nice, not too wide, if it was any wider I think I would have to move too much when passing the shuttles. I tested the boat shuttles and they were fantastic for the finer yarns, the boat shuttle race works really well (for finer yarn). When I wove the rug (pictured on the loom in the newsletter) I used a stick shuttle 86cm (SHTL8) which I found a good size to handle.

Winding on is so easy!! Simply place one foot gently on the brake and crank the handle and it winds on so easy and evenly.

Initially I was not sure I would enjoy weaving on a Jack loom as I love using our table looms so much, but I did….I really did!! It was just so quick and easy. I was impressed at the ease of warping and threading and I really love the winding on system. So overall I give this loom a big thumbs up!!

I already have 3 projects finished and off the loom and am looking forward to many many more hours of wonderful weaving on this loom!! I just need more hours in my day!

Happy Weaving!

- Kate Sherratt, Sales & Marketing Manager – Ashford Handicrafts Ltd.

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