I'm new to the school and reading through the forums tonight. I have a 4-shaft Baby Wolf. I bought the loom second hand about 3 years ago from the original owner. I don't recall how long she had it; I don't think it was very old when I got it.
After the last project, I did a good vacuuming on it, but I didn't use silicon spray. One of the shafts doesn't return to its lowered position as low as the other three. I can't figure out why. I released the treadles I'm not using and checked the length of the Texsolv treadle cords to make sure they were the same length. I just figured that was its personality.
I've never heard of treadle aids or jazz bands. I looked at the Lunatic Fringe website and a couple other places, but I don't understand what they do. How do they help?
One thing I noticed a few weeks ago as I was trying to learn Jane's method of treadling was that I still had some weight in the foot that was not sliding forward. That was causing the yarn in the non-raised heddles to raise just a smidge; just enough to cause all kinds of floats and tangles and mild mayhem. As soon as I started to pay extra attention to my foot position the problem resolved, thankfully.