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A dobby loom has a dobby mechanism, which is used to program the harness combinations for the weave pattern. Dobby is short for "draw boy" which refers to the weaver's helper who was used to control the warp thread by pulling on draw threads. The dobby mechanism replaces the treadle/lam combination of the traditional floor looms. The performance of a multi-harness loom is vastly improved by using a dobby mechanism, as it overcomes the major problems associated with the use of a large number of treadles. A dobby loom allows you to select the combination of harnesses for every shed opening you wish to make. The great advantage of a dobby loom is that it avoids the necessity and the labor involved in making multiple tie-ups to treadle positioned underneath a loom. An investment in a Louet Dobby ensures many years of comfortable and productive weaving. The mechanical dobby is a program bar with pegs system. The numbered holes in the program bars correspond with harnesses of the loom. If you want a harness to be raised, you place a peg in the corresponding hole of the program bar. Your series of program bars can be as long as you like; however, if the number of program bars becomes very large, you may want to consider an electronic dobby.
The electronic Dobby 2.0 will give you almost unlimited harness combinations using the proprietary Louet software and Wifi connection to a tablet, or a computer and software from Fiberworks PCW, Patternland, Weavemaker, Weave It, WeavePoint or Pro Weave.
Both Octado and Megado looms feature a countermarch shed. This is accomplished by raising the back beam at the same time as the shafts are being raised. The beam movement also compensates for changes in warp tension as the shed is made. An innovative construction ensures the action of the well balanced pedal to be very light in operation. This main pedal and also the optional weaving bench are adjustable in height to accommodate the weaver's physical requirements. As with our Delta and Spring looms, Octado and Megado have the Louet floating breast beam, a unique warp tension control system, which allows the weaver to set and check the warp tension each time the warp is advanced. These innovative design features give our Octado and Megado looms an indisputable advantage over other competitive products. No other multi-harness loom treadles as light and creates as large a shed, even with a very high tension on the warp.
Megado is available with 16 or 32 harnesses and in 40 cm, 70 cm, 90cm, 110 cm and 130 cm (15.5", 27 5/8", 35.5", 43 1/4" and 51 1/4") weaving width. You must choose between a mechanical and electronic dobby.
Megado is made of lacquered ash hardwood and the most complex castle section is pre assembled. Included are: a large shelf, built-in raddle, a stainless steel reed 40-10 (metric), 900/1400/1600 Texsolv heddles (392 mm), lease and tie-up sticks and sixteen warp sticks.
Megado 70 - 121 x 127 x 131 cm (47 5/8" x 50" x 51 5/8")
Megado 110 - 161 x 127 x 131 cm (63 3/8" x 50" x 51 5/8")
Megado 130 - 181 x 127 x 131 cm (71 1/4" x 50" x 51 5/8").
Megado 40 - 63 kg (138 lb),
Megado 70 - 69 kg (152 lb),
Megado 90 - 76 kg (166 lb),
Megado 110 - 84 kg (185 lb),
Megado 130 - 92 kg (203 lb)
Add 13 kg (29 lb) for 32 harness loom.
Adjustable bench - 59 - 72 cm (23 1/4"-28 3/8")
Tilting set for bench
Second warp beam with back beam
Sectional warp beam
Flying Dutchman shuttle
Fly shuttle device
Beater system support attachment
Treadle height adjusting blocks
Mechanical dobby, including 60 program bars
Program bars per ten
Octado - never do another tie-up!
This eight-harness dobby loom is available in three weaving widths: 70, 90 and 110
cm (27 3/4′′, 35 3/8′′ and 43 1/4′′). The special features, like easy programming and light treadling of the counter march shed, described on page 22 and 23 are all integrated in the Octado loom.
The Octado is made out of lacquered beech hardwood and the most complex castle section is pre-assembled. Included with the loom are
a shelf and built-in raddle, a stainless steel reed 40-10 (10 dpi), 600/800/1200 Texsolv heddles (330 mm), lease and tie-up sticks and sixteen warp sticks. You can choose between a mechanical dobby and an electronic interface.
• Extra treadle height adjusting blocks
• Adjustable bench - 59-72 cm (23 1/4′′-28 3/8′′) • Tilting set for bench
• Second warp beam with back beam
• Sectional warp kit (2 cm or inch)
• Fly shuttle device
• Fly shuttle
• Electronic interface
• Mechanical dobby, including 20 program bars • Program bars per ten
Octado 70 - 115 x 99 x 127 cm (45 1/4′′ x 39′′ x 50′′) Octado 90 - 135 x 99 x 127 cm (53′′ x 39′′ x 50′′) Octado 110 - 155 x 99 x 127 cm (61′′ x 39′′ x 50′′)
Octado 70 - 45 kg (99 lb)
Octado 90 - 48 kg (106 lb)
Octado 110 - 53 kg (117 lb)
For a loom capable of complex weaving our Magic Dobby (MD) is also a very portable loom. It is the perfect workshop loom and an ideal sampler for weavers using a larger scale multi-harness floor loom.
The construction and operation of the dobby system is both easy to understand and easy to work with. Using the MD as a table loom, you open the shed lifting the selected harnesses by the lever. If the loom is mounted on the included floor stand, you can open the shed using the treadle and/or the lever. The front and rear sections fold up towards the castle, for easy storage or travel.
With the mechanical dobby the pivoting chain tensioner can be positioned to allow a chain with over 100 program bars. When a chain of more than 34/44 program bars (MD40/MD70) is used, a weight in the loop of the chain is needed to keep tension on the chain. With the square dial on the front of the castle, you activate the dobby chain forward or backward by rotating it 90 degrees. With the electronic interface the weaving software on your computer will select the shafts.
Magic Dobby is available in 40 cm (15 3/4′′) and 70 cm (27 5/8′′) weaving width and is made of lacquered beech. The loom comes with the castle section assembled and a floor stand with treadle, swivel (pivot) beater system, raddle, a stainless steel reed 40-10 (10 dpi), 600/800 Texsolv heddles, lease and tie-up sticks and sixteen warp sticks.
• Bench - height 57 cm (22 3/8′′)
• Second warp beam with back beam
• Standing beat• Flying Dutchman shuttle
• Electronic interface
• Mechanical dobby, including 30 program bars • Program bars per ten
• Dobby chain weight
MD 40 - 58 x 100 x 140 cm (22 3/4′′ x 39 3/8′′ x 55′′)
MD 70 - 88 x 100 x 140 cm (34 5/8′′ x 39 3/8′′ x 55′′)
Folded 58 cm (23′′) deep
MD 40 - 25 kg (55 lb)
MD 70 - 33 kg (73 lb)