Glimakra Victoria Table Loom
(Shown with Optional Table Loom Legs)
The Victoria loom is a great workshop loom. This loom can be a table loom, or it can have legs and treadles added.
- 4 Shafts
- 27 inch (70 cm) Weaving Width
- 500 Texsolv Heddles
- Boat Shuttle
- Lease sticks
- 24 Warp Sticks
- Texsolv Tie Up Kit
- Complete Instructions.
Table looms are used for learning as they are portable enough to put into a car to take to a workshop. You can order the legs and treadles to make weaving with a table loom more comfortable. Table looms are a good way to learn to weave, either on your own or by taking them to workshops. They are designed for learning, demonstrating, sampling and for spending time with other weavers at workshops. Table looms are useful for learning to weave if you are not ready to purchase a floor loom.
Optional - Table Loom Legs
Adding legs to your table loom allows you to sit while you weave. When you add legs to your table loom, find a bench or stool which is the right height for you. It should be adjustable in height from about 20″ – 26″ in height, depending on the height of the breast beam of the loom. See the photo.
Optional - Table Loom Treadles
Treadles can be added to a table loom. Having treadles on a table loom makes weaving progress more comfortably and quickly, freeing your hands for the weaving. Having lamms for attaching the treadles gives the advantages of being able to tie up more than one shaft to a treadle, otherwise, you use two feet for treadling. The legs and treadles should be remove-able even with a warp on the loom if you want to use the loom as a table loom. This makes it easier to transport the loom and set it up at a workshop. Most table looms with legs can be moved and assembled by one person.
If you will only weave on the loom at workshops, you rarely will need more than 18″ weaving width. But if you want to weave on the loom at home, or if the table loom will be your only loom, you may want a wider weaving width. When selecting a table loom, don’t skimp on the depth of the loom, which should be at least 27″ to 29″ in depth. The depth is necessary to get a good shed, consistent tension and an even beat.
The castle should lie nicely inside the frame for packing. Rubber feet on the loom frame will protect the table. The beater should be removable and it should be adjustable for different heights of reeds. The ratchets should be outside the frame so you can easily reach them to advance the warp. If the ratchets are inside the frame, the warp threads may get tangled in the ratchets and the beaming sticks may interfere with the ratchet. Ratchets with large handles are easy to use. They should have at least 16 teeth (more is better) for adjusting the tension.
The shafts are raised with levers or handles. They should be attached to give you good leverage rather than requiring a direct pull. You should be able to move two levers at the same time if they are beside each other. This makes weaving plain weave and twill much easier. They should be large enough for your hands to hold them. If they are in the center, you can use either your right or left hand, or both, to move them. Levers which are not properly made will not stay in place. Some will lock into place. They should not fall back when you beat in the weft. Levers or handles which are too small and have little leverage can eventually be tiring for your hands. Shaft and heddles Texsolv heddles are light weight, quiet, less abrasive and allow you to have more threads per inch than metal or wire heddles. They are easy to put on the shafts. There usually is no pin in the center of the shaft.
Product Review By: Taevia Magee
The Victoria is a very good table loom to work on. It isn’t as portable as some since it doesn’t fold and it is a bit larger, but the extra size really is useful when weaving as you have more room to manipulate, and see, the heddles as you thread them. It is very sturdy and has a nice shed for weaving. The weaving width gives it a good amount of versatility and the levers to move the harnesses are easy to use and stay locked in place!
I agree with everything Taevia said in her review. Customer service from GlimakraUSA was excellent when I had assembly questions. The loom arrived 2 days earlier than promised and was well packaged. The overall design and finish are excellent.
The only plastic used in the loom is the nylon bushings to space the levers correctly, the outer spacing rings for the warp and cloth beams, the inner retaining rings for the beams, and, of course, the Texsolv. The warp and cloth beams are metal with the handle and ratchet welded in place. The pawl is also metal, so this loom should never need replacements for the ratchet or pawl.
The loom purchase included a copy of Joanne Hall's book Learn to Warp Your Loom, a #6 boat shuttle with a pack of 5" quills, a sley hook, a cord threader, and a stainless steel reed, none of which was listed in the description (on any website I visited) at the time I purchased. Apparently the loom can be shipped with various English dent reeds (no metric), so be sure to note on the order what dent you want. I found the loom dimensions on the GlimakraUSA website under Resources, Current Price List, as a pdf download.
The only problems I had were a really bad set of assembly instructions, which GlimakraUSA quickly helped me through on the phone, and during assembly I broke both plastic retaining rings with set screws. These rings (that go on the metal beams inside the loom frame) will break if the set screw is tightened too much. Since the ring is rigid plastic, "too much" is not very much at all, and there is no warning that it is about to break. If you hear a pop while tightening the screw, you just broke the ring. Their purpose is to keep the beams on the loom, so you must tighten the set screws enough to keep them from sliding. If you break a ring and need a quick fix, use a plastic zip tie pulled snug around the beam just inside the wood frame.