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The easiest way to improve your weaving is to make sure you have a happy loom.
- Sweep up below the loom and dust off any fibers between shafts.
- Wipe down your loom with warm water and a drop of dish soap, Lubricate any moving parts. We like mineral oil or silicon spray.
- Research what is best for your loom. Some looms need a coat of natural oil. Make sure to check the manual and always test first on a small area you don't see.
- Check all the texsolv and cords. Is there anything frayed or broken?
- Inspect the back and front apron rod, if it is bent or cracked it may need replacing. If the loom has a canvas apron make sure to check for rips.
- Test treddles to make sure they are lifting the shafts equally. Treddle cords can stretch over time and may need replacing.
- Check harness channels to see if they're sliding up and down nicely.
- Wipe clean the heddle bars top and bottom.
- Check your friction break. DO NOT LUBRICATE YOUR BREAK!
- Remove any fuzz or dirt in the brake area.
- Tighten any screws, nuts, or bolts. Do not forget to check your bench and stand if you have one.
- Check the heddles. Keep the heddles balanced on the harness to prevent the harness from warping over time. If you have extra heddles left over for your next project remove them before you start threading.
- Wipe your reed with a micro-fiber cloth and remove dust and debris from your reed channel. Give your loom a full visual check before you start weaving!