- Jack-type looms
work as well for balanced weaving as for unbalanced weaving (1 harness
against 3) because each harness frame is operated independently; however
the treadling is slightly noisier and harder than on counterbalance
looms and, because the tension on the warp cannot be very high,
non-elastic warps (linen, nylon) are not recommended on these looms. If
you plan on doing a great amount of fabric weaving, a jack loom may
suit your work.
- Counterbalance looms
are quiet and have a faster and softer treadling than jack-type looms;
they allow a high warp tension (important in rug weaving) and elastic
warps (wool, cotton) as well as non-elastic warps; the shed is not
perfect when weaving is unbalanced but with some looms (Leclerc) the
problem is solved by adding a shed regulator.
- Countermarch looms (such
as Glimakra's Ideal and Standard, and the Schacht Cranbrook Loom)
combine the rising/sinking action of the counterbalance loom with the
ability of the jack loom to open any shed, whether balanced or
unbalanced. They are quiet, sturdy and the favorite of many highly
shipping in the continental US for all table and floor looms.
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