Southern Illinois University
Just registered and am hoping for advice. I’ve been weaving on an AVL 48” production loom with a compu-dobby I since the 80s. Have navigated through various computers (Macintosh 512K to PowerMac G3) and software (Textile Designer to Design & Weave to Swiftweave). Therefore, when I recently bought a used AVL Studio Dobby Loom (with compu-dobby IV & Fiberworks), I thought it would be a painless transition. Well, I went through the AVL user’s manual, straightening harnesses, etc. that had gone a bit awry during shipment and switched to the Fiberworks version that would run on my iMac. I studied the software manual and chose one of the included weaving samples as a test. Did the loom setup and the Loom Status indicator showed three green steps indicating “the loom has responded and is awaiting further action from you to start an active weaving cycle.” However, when I treadled the loom there was no subsequent response so that the indicator does not go to 4 green steps… no click or anything. I’m hoping I’ve missed something embarrassingly obvious. Any suggestions would be appreciated. An area of concern is that the compu-dobby IV box was shipped sitting on top of the loom where it gouged the wood a bit – suggesting it experienced some bumps in the road. When turned on, though, it does cycle through the 16 harnesses properly, so my fingers are crossed that it is OK. I feel like I’m auto-digesting.