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I place for AVL owners to compare notes, ask questions and get together in Cyberspace.

I own 2 WDL's and a 40-shaft A-series, as well as a warping-wheel and tension box.

Would love to be in touch with other AVL owners.

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ConstanceC's picture
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Joined: 12/23/2013

Hello,

My beater has warped over the years.  I have always been able to adjust for this by placing each side on a different metal bar until now.  This is no longer working. Does anyone have a suggestion for a work around?  Besides not packing evenly, I use the automatic cloth advance and this is causing problems for this as well.  Thanks for your time and feedback, I appreciate it!  Constance

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Joined: 07/12/2014

I have an old AVL12 harness mechanical dobby loom I acquired from my mother-in-law several years ago. I recently got it out of storage and have been trying to figure out how to set it up. I used to weave many years ago and the AVL concept is new to me. Does anyone have photos and instructions on setting up and using this type of loom. I have a copy of the manual but it's not very helpful (at least for me).

Thanks.

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I can certainly agree with you about the usefulness of the manual with old AVLs--it's not, but that's because the manual wasn't available until a later loom than mine. My dobby is actually labeled Ahrens and Violette and it's number 00129. AVL estimates it was made 1980-82. There is a discussion--and a photo--in the thread "New-to-me AVL loom". If your loom is like this one, it's a folding loom, sometimes called a Witch loom. I can provide some help as I've just been through this phase recently. (I do hope you don't have major assembly)

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Joined: 06/11/2009

SO, your WDL is stuck on either lifting the same pick over and over or ALL of them, etc. Well, in case you haven't run across this yet, here's ONE "scoop."

I also posted this on Weavetech!

While on the phone with AVL, having taken the dobby off, YET AGAIN, (it was doing the "same pick" thing..no clicks going on, etc) I asked "there's a little magnet stuck to the side of the cover."  Amanda, who is normally "sales" and was doing yoeman duty on this call, said "well that doesn't belong there."  Turns out that was the problem: it had fallen off the bar where it belongs and was stuck to the side of the dobby cover!  I put it back where it belongs, using both the screw and some double-sided tape (on Amanda's suggestion). Anyway, that is one solution you can check if you're having that same issue!  I so appreciated AVL getting back to me so quickly since I have a deadline looming over my loom (worked on that pun!!!) and it was either call the publisher and bail, or get it fixed and keep weaving!!!I am going to put some fresh springs on those four shafts this morning.  I've had several 4-8 shaft work on there, so I think they're getting a little stressed..the shafts aren't popping back the way they should.Nancy C.

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Joined: 10/19/2013

I am always experimenting with my AVL looms. I have a longish dobby chain on my 40" FDL right now that could use a weight at the bottom of the dobby chain. Somehow I lost my old standby which was a wooden rolling pin with a weighed center, handles removed, that fit exactly in the chain. However it would sometimes roll out. With my 60" I inherited a set of cast-on weights for a knitting machine. They are very usefull. Two of them hooked together fit nicely in the chain. They have "ridges" so they stay put. I don't understand how to paste a photo here but you can see cast-on weights with Google images.

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Joined: 02/02/2010

Hi everyone.  I finally am getting up the courage to use my 16-shaft mechanical PDL.   I am not sure how old it is, but it was FREE....   yes, FREEEEEEEEE...   it had been in storage for 20 years, and now (after finally finishing off our basement) it is assembled.  

I have some questions, and I'm sure more will keep coming.

1.  What is the amount of loom waste on this loom?  I'm learning that it is more than your standard treadle loom, but I'd like to figure out how much "more extra" to add on for loom waste.  I put a short warp on, and, wow, most of it will be loom waste- but it was junky Halloween orange carpet warp, so it doesn't matter if it ends up as nothing more than a learning piece.

2.  Everything was with the loom except for the chains that get attached to the springs below the shafts.  How long are the chains supposed to be?  Or do I even need them?

3.  I'm seeing that this loom will need LONG warps.  I'm not a production weaver (yet), but I'd like some ideas for long-warp multiple-item projects to make.  I thought about a line of infinity scarves to sell in the future, but that's about it.  Placemats get tiring to weave, and my sales of them have been spotty in the past.

Thanks for any help you can give me.

Allen

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Joined: 12/23/2013

Hi Allen,

I usually allow a yard, but the Project Planner in WeavePoint caculates 27".  I like 36" so that I have some extra warp for sampling.

My chains that are attached to the springs are around 6 1/2 - 7" each.  The chains that attach to the bottom of the harnesses are 10" each.

Happy Weaving! constance

 

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Joined: 06/08/2009

I recently acquired an AVL Little Weaver.  I just finished warping it with a 16-shaft twill, and turned it on for the first time.  The only drawback I've encountered so far is the shed pretty small, and none of my boat shuttles fit through easily, so I've had to switch to stick shuttles.  I'd like to keep on weaving, but alas tomorrow is a work day.

 

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Joined: 06/11/2009

Glimakra and several other suppliers make smaller boat shuttles.  I use them a lot with my table looms, esp with my "Structo" looms.  Some of them take regular bobbins, others require a smaller one.  I save and cut up straws - the ones they give you with thick shakes - and use them as bobbins in the ones that need the smaller sizes.   I have also used something called "easy bobs" (they show up on ebay all the time) that are usually used for Intarsia knitting.  There's a video here of me using them with my little "Northwest" 8-shafter:    http://www.weavezine.com/articles/baa-humbug 

Nancy C

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weaving chenille weft... I've seen that metal attachment for the cloth beam for weaving chenille.  I use a variety of wefts with each scarf that I weave. One may be silk, another rayon, the next chenille, etc.  Can this metal thing be used with other fibers in addition to chenille?  Do any of you use it? Thanks!

Kate 

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Joined: 10/15/2010

Hi everyone, I hope it's OK for me to join before I get my AVL. I'm looking for a used AVL A series loom, hopefully 48". That's a tall order since the A Series is still new. In the meantime, I could benefit from any insight you may have concerning the different features that you could not do without. I'll be getting the compu-dobby system as well. I have never had 2 beams, but I have used sectional beams on my colonial and look forward to what I could do with a second beam. I will be weaving double weave, overshot and lace most of the time.

Jayne Chandler

 

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sorry about duplicate posting

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replacing the springs:  does anybody know exactly what those springs are called and if one can get them from some other source?  It would be nice no to have to wait for shipping if I can find them at some other kind of supply-source.

thanks