Oxabach countermach

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New Zealand

<p>I have recently acquired an Oxabach 60 inch wide countermach drawloom secondhand.&nbsp; I bought it to weave blankets 60 inches wide so have not set up the drawloom side.&nbsp; That will be another adventure.&nbsp; I am having trouble getting a shed wider than half an inch or so.&nbsp; The short lamms are 1 inch higher at the free end.&nbsp; I just read that the long lamms should be a tad lower at the free end so I will adjust that.&nbsp;</p><p>Should the treadle cords be shortened?</p><p>All pictures I see of countermach looms with verticle jacks have the long part above the castle and the short part at the bottom.&nbsp; Mine is the reverse with the short part above the castle (which is necessary if using as a drawloom).&nbsp; Will I get a better shed if I reverse the verticle jacks?</p><p>To weave at 60 inches I need to use a fly shuttle.&nbsp; Is this possible on a countermach loom?&nbsp; Do the bottom threads of the shed need to touch the bottom of the reed to operate a fly shuttle?</p><p>Thank you for your help.&nbsp; I&#39;m sure I&#39;ll have more questions as weaving progresses.</p>

Comments

Posted on Fri, 05/01/2020 - 21:22

<p>I don&#39;t know about the fly shuttle questions. But I have an Oxaback Lilla, and the long part of the coupers (which is what I think you are calling the vertical jacks?) is on top. I can&#39;t get a shed if they are reversed.</p><p>The short&nbsp;lamms are upper,&nbsp;the long&nbsp;lamms are on the bottom. They should be parallel to each other when the lock is in place.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>i have found that shortening the treadle cords sometimes helps.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Good luck! I hope this helps!</p>

Posted on Sat, 05/02/2020 - 01:02

A fly shuttle will work nicely on a CM loom.  You should adjust the beater height so that the when the shed is formed, the bottom threads rest on the

beater.  If not, the shuttle may snag some and break them, or you will have mis-patterning.

Treadle cords are usually graduated: one end of the treadle travels further than the other, and one end of the lamm travels further than the other.  Cords are sized to fit this.