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Tuesday, 24 April 2012
The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttle
The Schacht End-Delivery Shuttles are designed especially and precisely for handweavers. They are lightweight, comfortable to throw and catch, adjustable to a variety of yarns, and easy to thread.
The shuttle has a pirn which remains stationary, instead of a free-spinning bobbin. The weft yarn unwinds off the pirn’s tip when the shuttle is in motion and stops unwinding when the shuttle stops. The yarn comes off the pirn and goes through a set of tension pads and comes out of the shuttle at a constant tension.
The shuttle minus its loaded pirn
This even delivery of weft causes less draw-in, which in turn makes better selvedges. The weaver should resist the temptation to handle the weft yarn at all. Simply adjust the tension to suit the yarn and allow the shuttle to do the work.