Hello, I am using a home-made table-top warping mill that was given to me when I bought a 2nd-hand Nilus II recently. As I warped, the threads got progressively looser such that by the time I'd warped my 378 ends of 8/2 cotton, the top third or so of threads were visibly sagging. When I went to take it off and chain it the threads I'd put on earliest were of course much longer. I have 2 questions: 1. is there any hope for this warp / can I pull on it as I put it on the beam to even out all the threads? and 2. Why is this happening? I don't think it's because I was warping tighter and tighter as I went although this is only my 2nd warp (1st one was much narrower) so maybe? Another possibility I think is that the mill is quite tall and I wondered if perhaps the vertical wooden rods (39" long) were bowing in as I went. The rods did look a bit twisted by the end :(. I hope this all makes sense! Two photos attached that might help. Thanks, Dana.
Hi Dana, your observation was the first thing I saw when I was looking at your warping mill - it looks like it got quite distorted by the time you finished winding the warp :-( It even looks like it might be pulling in, in the middle, where you are not protected by the cross bars at the bottom and top. You should be able to get the warp on the loom but you'll have to work a bit harder at it. Get it on the back, secure your lease sticks in place and put it through your raddle. You will have to manipulate it to get it on evenly, one baby step at a time, as you work the extra yardage through the warp and not let it get onto the warp beam. You will end up with yarn you will have to cut off when the time comes to start threading so that you end up with a warp that is the same length when you tie-on to the front. Please keep us posted!