I got Thelma, a 4 harness Nilus LeClerc, over a year ago. She's kind of been around, built during the 1970s and has been used alot. She still is in great shape!! However, she had a sectional warp. The way I weave, a sectional warp doesn't work well. I've spent alot of time trying to decide what to do about the sectional part. Winding my warp onto there, trying to avoid the sections, became a huge problem where it took 3 of us to put a warp on since the warp had to be held tight while someone, DH, would stand at the back flipping threads to the sides when they hung up on the metal. DD would have to wind the warp on because the brake system is an older style and I couldn't do it and hold the warp tight.
So, finally this past week, I got the placemats off the loom and before I put another warp on, I decided enough already!
I also spent part of the week figuring out a bunch of warps to weave using as much of my stash as I can. I've got about a dozen projects ready in office depot boxes. I did have to order some yarns, especially weft, for them but they're ready now for me to continue weaving. Once the yarn arrives, I can grab a box, wind the warp and get it onto the loom to weave. There's a good feeling knowing that I've got a few months worth of projects ready there for me. Sure, I will throw in a warp or two of something else that I want to do, but knowing what I've got to weave is there waiting for me is a good feeling. One loom will always have a production warp on it.
I do still have a loom or two that's not warped and I have plans for them......maybe next week?