Thursday, January 5, 2012
Major headache day.......
So, warp wound, beamed, ready to start threading the heddles. The cool feature about this loom is that I can program tromp as writ in my draft and then it will raise each harness one at a time for me to thread heddles, really great when threading 40 harnesses - sounds easy peasy, doesn't it? Well, it would be if when I pressed on the foot pedal the harnesses would move - nothing! I looked all over, everything seemed connected, solenoids popped when I turned it on. So I took to reading manuals, which are lacking if I haven't said so in the past, nothing to help me. Finally I had to walk away.....started some soup, phone rang a few times so I visited with folks, got a fire going. I e'd my tech support, hubby Sam, he suggested maybe somehow the switch on the e-lift got turned off....not sure how that would happen since I control the entire thing with a surge protector but I thought maybe, so I flipped it. Still no luck. Back to the manuals - hah, nothing, what was I thinking pulling them out again. I could tell the elift wasn't on so I flipped the switch back to where it was this morning - it came on....not sure if it was stuck in the middle or if it's a bad switch, time will tell.
A few times while raising harnesses to thread heddles the harness would get caught on it's neighbor coming back down, jumping off the hooks on the top, springs would sprong on the bottom which means I stand on my head to get them back on....not a happy camper. I really wonder if there's a design flaw, there is not even 1/16" between harnesses so when one moves up the gap closes in-between it's neighbors so it will catch coming back down. It doesn't happen everytime but too often so far. I'm hoping that maybe once I start weaving it won't be an issue.....hope, hope.
So now a staple on the top of the loom is my gigantic bottle of headache meds, hoping they get put away soon. I still wonder if I've made a very expensive mistake but others are assuring me eventually I'll love this loom. For me weaving has always been a peaceful meditative process from beginning to end no matter how challenging the project.....I need for this loom to fit in to my weaving life......and hopefully one day soon you'll be reading about how much I love the design capabilities on this loom and how happy I am with it.