My name is Kate (K8) and I've just found this group.  I haven't woven an inch in nearly twenty years but am ready to begin again.  I have a 16 harness mechanical dobby with a double box fly shuttle which I bought in 1984.  It's been a bit challenging  to get this going again, but it seems to be working okay for the most part.  I've had some issues with harnesses randomly dropping as if they had a mind of their own!  I don't recall this happening in the past.  

Well enough about me.  :-)  I look forward to learning so much from you all.  At this point, I've forgotten more than I know!  

Kate (K8)



Posted on Tue, 07/03/2012 - 15:01

Hi Kate,

There could be a lot of reasons for the dropping shafts - but when I set up an older new to me mechanical dobby AVL I also experienced that problem and the issue was the cable that decends from the dobby box to the sort of kidney shaped part below - was frayed (down toward the bottom of the loom where it crosses over the treadles) down to a few strands and therefore lengthened.  The short term solution was tightening the turnbuckle - while I waited for AVL to send me another cable.  There could be other reasons - that's just one I know about.

Stephanie S.

Posted on Wed, 07/04/2012 - 20:27

Thank you Stephanie.  I appreciate your help.  I checked that cable and it seems to be okay.  Adjusting the turnbuckle helped.