I have had a few questions about treadles and other moving parts down under the loom. The Macomber treadles are a piece of wood with a slot cut into it to accommodate the hook. There are two style of hooks. The old style hooks (also known as regular) and the super hook.
There are two styles of lamms. The older Macomber lamms are made from a metal bar with a heavy duty cardboard strip across the top. This cardboard strip has holes in it to correspond to each treadle. The regular hooks insert into these holes to create the tie-up connection.
The newer lamms are all aluminum. The super hooks simply slip over the lamm to create the tie-up connection. Here's a photo of a super hook.
Over time the cardboard strip across the old style lamms become worn out and the regular hooks often pop out as you are weaving. The solution here is to switch to the new super hooks. You can use the super hooks with the old style lamms.
Here's a photo of the newer lamm and super hook connection under one of my portables.
Sometime folks ask me about sticky treadles and hook connections. I went over the Macomber this AM to have coffee with Eddie. We chatted and here's our list of possible solutions:
- clean out the dust from the treadles
- silicon spray (or try soap or wax) in the slotted wooden track
- do the same to the hooks
- use a dehumidifier as the wood will swell with moisture
- if there has ever been water damage, the treadles will be permanently damaged. You will need to return them to Macomber to be re-slotted.
I no longer need this tool as I never do tie-ups any more...the air-dobby system is a dream!!
I hope my explanations and photos are helpful!
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