Model of a handloom (as used previous to the invention of the fly shuttle in 1733)


Model of a handloom (as used previous to the invention of the fly shuttle in 1733), made 1730-1800.

This model shows the typical form of hand loom in use before the 18th century. The warp threads are stretched between the warp beam at the back and the breast beam at the front. There is also a cloth beam for winding on the finished cloth. There is a mechanism for lifting and lowering alternate warp threads which is operated by a treadle. In weaving, the shuttle, wrapped round with the weft thread, is thrown from one hand to the other, and the weft is then beaten home.

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Textiles Machinery
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steel and wood
Royal Society of Arts

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