Okay, after hours and hours of research, I’ve come to the following conclusion:
- No 10 inch or under looms.
- No unfinished looms.
Why? When you weave, the material will pull in and also shrink. So your 10 inch fabric might just end up six inches wide at the end of all that hard work. Such a waste.
Also, the unfinished loom is made of cheap plywood, and is of poor long term quality.
We knitters know how important quality tools are. Don’t be seduced by cheap prices for a dud!
So now I’m thinking of the Kromski Harp.
I’m torn between the 16 inch and the 24 inch. Neither will sit on your lap, and will require resting the back legs on a table. But it is finished, high quality wood, and comes with a warping board. It is also portable — it folds!
See Kromski Harp vs. Schacht Heddle Review for info.
Great guide to rigid heddle looms.
Okay, for sure – don’t want a 10 inch or under, but don’t want a 30 inch or over also.
That leaves the 16 inch and the 24 inch.
Since I want to make garments out of my woven fabric, I think the 24 inch might be the best option for me.
People who recommend the 16 inch take the loom on car trips and airline trips, neither of which I will be doing. I basically want to do the equivalent of knitting, but on a loom, at home, while watching television. Really basic, I know.
Ooh, reading online reviews, the unfinished looms require quite a bit of sanding to work properly. And then staining (which I don’t really know how to do..). Why bother? Get something that works right out of the box.
Maybe the 16 inch.. the 24 is so wide, I will need to get a stand. I think the 16 in would work more easily without a stand. But then again, for garments, a 24 in might be best.. IDK.. !
From an Amazon review:
“In the short time I have been weaving and using all these looms, I’ve come to the conclusion that a 24″ loom is great IF you won’t be moving it very frequently. Also, you will probably have to buy a stand, make a stand, or use a card table (and adjustable chair) to support it. It is a good size in that situation. However, I have hauled both my LeClerc 24″ and folding Ashford 24″ looms to class, and it ends up that we students all have to use dolleys to pull our looms on. Major pain in the butt. Plus we were told that folding with a warped and partially finished project is risky, as the original tension may not be recovered. So I would definitely advise against a 24″ loom if you expect to be folding it and carrying it around.
I never thought I would appreciate a smaller loom, but the time saved warping, the cheaper accessories, and the convenience of carrying are all positives I have discovered.
Bottom line: if you want to weave large items and not sew (piece) something together, go with the 24″. If, however, you prefer to do smaller sections and like experimenting and/or having a more portable loom, go with the 16″.”
Cons of the Kromski Harp Forte 16 inch – terrible assembly instructions, and no beginner weaving instructions.