|Heddle bars hold the heddles inside the harnesses.|
Here is everything you might want to know about heddle bars ~
- Cleaning heddle bars - use a light weight steel wool to clean off any rust. Lightly spray with Silicon spray to help prevent further rust and to help the heddles glide from right to left.
- Getting heddles to slide easily - clean the heddles bars as described above. I find that the inserted eye heddles will glide more easily while the flat steel ones seem to bind up more frequently.
- Replacing heddle bars - you can purchase new heddle bars if yours are too rusty and cannot be cleaned easily. They are not too expensive - ie. 24" bar is $4. Give me a call to order these.
|1. The clip - only on one edge, breaks over time.|
|2. Rubber stopper - falls out, gets lost.|
|Brad office fastener- current option.|
bar clips - inside the frame - these clips hold the heddle bars in a
horizontal position and attach them to the harness across the width.On rare occasion these will break - and can be replaced. Call me to find out more about this repair.
- Re/moving heddles - Sometimes it is necessary to remove heddles from the
harness frame. Reasons to do this include - too many heddles for the
project and the unused ones will chafe the warp and impede it from going on a straight
path from front to back of the loom. Or perhaps you need to move some from one
harness to another, or from one loom to another, etc. To remove the heddles
- lay the harness flat on a table and undo the fastener or clip and slide the heddle bar out enough so that you can easily slide off the heddles. I HIGHLY recommend that you slide the heddles on to a heavy cord or even better a slim heddle transfer bar (a thin strip of flexible stainless steel). There is nothing more frustrating than a pile of chaotic heddles that need to be threaded back on to the heddle bar. (Since writing this post I have learned that it is a challenge to find heddle transfer bars for sale. Macomber no longer sells them. If anyone finds a source - PLEASE let me know!)
Heddle transfer bar.
- I hope that this post gives you some new information tips on heddle bars! Read more about heddles bars in a past blog post - "Little Jobs"
|Heddle bar clips hold the bar inside the harness.|