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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Introducing the new SAORI WX60 all wood folding loom

I received my Saori WX60 new loom order from Japan this week.You can order the WX60 either broken down , assembly required, or almost completely assembled.( the latter costing twice as much or more in  shipping.)
I took photos and timed my self assembling. Simple tools required, a screw driver, wrench, hammer .





 ok I got intreupted with a phone call so subtract 7 mins.

 The directions were clear the parts numbered to corresponding small stickers.


 I was running out of time so when i got to the harness assembly and heddles I saved it for the next day, and put a inside set on that I had ready.


 TOTAL  ASSEMBLY TIME INCLUDIND A PHONE CALL I needed to take, ABOUT 2 1/2 HOURS.


Next day doing the  Harness and heddle assembly

 easy method, tie the string threaded in the heddles to the harness bars and slip the heddles right on, smooth.
 ok got intruuped , had to talk to our letter carrier, and sign for a parcel, then make a phone call
so the total time is only about 30 mins. for the harness assembly.
 side by side comparisom
right the sx60 metal frame loom folded right  next to the wx60 . both looms are the same width folded, same height, same length . weight of the new wx60 27.1 lbs weight of the sx60 32.4 lbs. when I picked them both up I could barely discern a weight difference between the two but the wx60 is about 5 lbs lighter..


 This is the differnt braking system. If you have woven on the non folding saori 60 looms this is the same braking system  that is on those looms. It is a friction brake and I truly love it. no cables to fuss with. I found that I needed to release the tension at the cloth beam before I touched the foot pedal to advance with out releasing too much warp,  but I have woven on it 5 mins at the most. This may change.
the total  assembly time is about 3 hours give or take a bit. not bad at all it was kind of fun!




The WX60  is really a lovey all wood  folding loom with the excellent quality and options that  that are compatabile with unique accessories only found with Saori looms.

























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peaceful weaving
jill nickolene
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7 comments:

  1. Beautiful Jill! How wide is the weaving width of this loom?
    Martha

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  2. This is a beautiful design. It looks like it weighs nearly the same as the metal legged folding looms. For me, I like the warmth and the look of solidity in this design. I found the folding metal loom I worked on to be truly fun and very easy to use and store, but this wooden design appeals to my aesthetic sense.

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    1. Both saori folding looms are very similar. Very small differences. The wood is warm, but the metal frames are very tough. I am pleased with the new break system on the wx60 as well.

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  3. thanks for documenting the process of putting it all together - I thought the clock was a great touch. The new loom is so beautiful.

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    1. It was very straightforward, and not difficult. I did not rush. I few things I had to unscrew and turn around, but then I was not reading the directions or else I could have caught that mistake.

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  4. Jill, this loom is so very lovely. I love both the warm wood and how compact it folds.

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