Fabulous! I love it!!
Changing to the big eyed heddles was the smartest improvement I made to my Union. I olny wish I had done it in the beginning. Adding a counter was the next best addition.
I had broken dowels too. I am lucky to have a brother who made new ones using oak dowels. He removed the section of the beam that had broken cowels and took it with him to repair. So I did not watch and see how he removed the old and put in the new.
I hope these pictures give a good visual of the pulley system that I need help with. Thanks
I get my warp from Great Northern Weaving and Leesburg Looms and Supply. Both give great customer service. I do use 8/4 warp. My preference is the cotton/poly. I have tried the new (less expensive) 100% poly. It is very nice but I have trouble with it when I try to weave weft that has much give to it, like sock loopers, tee shirts and such. I will continue to use both and pick my wefts accordingly. "Kareninthewoods" fiber artist has a great self made instructional dvd on warping the loom. Two more books that I strongly recommend are "Rag Rug Handbook" (by Janet Meany and Paula Pfaff) and "Rag Weaving Gimmicks and Tricks" (by Johanna Erickson). And, yes I do use a tension box. I would not warp without it............I hope all this info helps. I have only been weaving for 3 years. I am still in the learning stages. Best wishes to you!
Mine was also warped when I got it but since I did not know the age and content of the warp, I took pictures and then took it all off. I used the pictures to put new warp on and of course it was wrong! But I learned a lot from doing it. The label is still on my loom but is not entirely intact. There had been tape on it at one time and taking the tape off removed most of the label. I hated that. I usually warp 24 strands to a section and 14 sections. This creates a 28 inch wide rug for me.
I had this problem when I first started using my Union. Turns out I had the warp on the sectional beam backards. I did the trick of using a cord to hold the brake down until I used all that warp. Re-warping in the other direction fixed that problem.....I will see if I have a picture.