Thursday, December 10, 2009
Swinging beaters, words of praise and birds that sing!
You can adjust the height of the beater by selecting which slot to rest upon the bolt. The other adjustment is that you can swing this small cast iron part forward and backward (might need to loosen the bolt attachment).
When you swing this small cast iron part, it will adjust how close the beater sits against the castle. Often if the floor is not level, this will affect the way the beater rest against the castle upright, causing one side of the beater to hit and another to be a slight distant away. By fine tuning the beater with this small cast part, you can accommodate for any imbalance.
Your warp should rest comfortably on the beater race (the straight horizontal bar). By raising or lowering the height of the beater and fine tuning the left/right position, you can get it perfect!
And finally words from a weaver who has a Macomber Air Dobby System
"I continue to marvel that the system works so well. My back pain is a memory. I timed a chenille scarf last week and could weave 90" scarf in exactly one hour. I think that is probably substantially faster than foot treadling a scarf of the same size. Yea."
Happy weaving! Sarah