I use floating selvedges on my Louet Megado Dobby loom for most projects and always find that the selvedge on the right side (facing the loom) often breaks 3 or 4 times in the process of weaving a scarf. Whereas the one of the left side rarely, if ever, breaks. This happens whatever thread I'm using - wool, silk, tencel.
As I am very awake to this problem I am conscious not to pull on the weft when going from right to left. The weft thread unspools smoothly from the shuttle, and it feels the same as when passing the shuttle from left to right, so I don't think this is causing the problem. The floating selvedge thread doesn't 'break' as such, it just becomes thinner and separates where the thread meets the woven cloth. I am using Ashford weighted bobbins specially designed for floating selvedges with only 2 weights on each.
Does anyone else have this problem? Any ideas about how to solve it? Many thanks Mary
It happens to me on a table loom from time to time....
I recentered the reed one dent to left or right to even the rubbing on the thread...
hope it meks sense.
Thats interesting. I always take care to centre the reed (70cm wide). However, your comment made me question how I do this. I use the shafts as a reference to centre the reed, but my warp on on the beam isn't always exactly centred to match. Maybe that's why the thread is breaking on the right and not on the left. I will check this out on my next warp.
I'm so glad I could help in some way...
I measured the bitter and my reeds and marked their center with a pencil. And still' it sometimes break (on the right- not on the left) but much less.
I would also suggest to keep a good eye on how you hold the beater and how you beat the weft - maybe there is some lack of balance there that rubbs the thread diferently..
Thats it... :-)