Medico Loom by Leclerc

Here's the newest addition to my Painted Floor Studio. This is a Medico table loom, manufactured by Leclerc, a Canadian company. Research suggests this loom was manufactured for WWII veterans to use. As such it utilizes hand levers for changing the shed. But as you can clearly see in this picture, I have the floor stand which includes six treadles, essentially making it a floor loom.

 The maximum weaving width is 22 inches. When I bought this loom last week it came with the blue and white warp on there already. I decided to just play with it, getting the hang of the levers and treadles. I figured out how the previous owner had the tie-ups done, and then "went with it."

 Altogether I wound up with a piece of fabric about ten feet long. I will either cut it into bits and sew small bags out of it, or maybe use most of it for a scarf.

In this photo you can see the four hand levers (silver) in the top right corner of the loom. In the top centre area of the loom is a lock release, that allows the shafts to fall back down into place. The nice feature though, is that if you are weaving with hand levers, as you select the next lever (or pair of levers) to press, the previously pressed levers are automatically unlocked.  
 
Now that I have this first project off the Medico loom, I have warped it and begun to follow through on lessons found in "Everybody's Weaving Book" by Alfred Allan Lewis. The warp chain I am using for the first part of the lessons is shown in the top photo. The weft colour will be gold.

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  1. Came across this post while researching table looms. Found a Leclerc Medico loom for sale (w/of treadle stand) and wondered if you were happy with yours. I know next to nothing about them...just a beginner weaver moving up from a rigid heddle.

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  2. I purchased a Medico loom and found i had to tighten all the bilts and screws which was no surprise. After runnibg through a 7 1/2 yd warp i decided to replace the nuts and washers. The reason was some things kept loosening up on me which was frustrating. I used locking nuts and washers where possible and it feels so much more solid. Getting ready to warp for the next project and i am sure it will be better. I also replaced the screws.

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