What makes us special?
Only AVL provides unique and innovative handweaving technology to help you weave better, faster and with more enjoyment! Some of the features that make an AVL first-class are its automatic warp tensioning system, automatic cloth storage system, automatic cloth advance system, multiple box flyshuttle beaters, its spring levers and unique sticky beam.
Automatic Warp Tension
Dynamic warp tension trumps static every time. Our looms use a lever arm with a weight to automatically adjust the tension of your warp as you weave, keeping a consistent warp for your entire fabric. No more ratchet and pawls that make each succeeding pick tighter and tighter until it is too tight to continue or the shuttle no longer fits. No more hassling with adjustments, re-setting or foot brakes. And no more uneven fabric! AVL’s automatic warp tensioning is easy to use and produces great results every time!
Automatic Cloth Storage System
This system automatically stores your finished cloth on a separate beam at the back of the loom (not in the way at your knees!) so that you don’t have to position yourself vis a vis the beater and possibly end up with a sore back. The cloth is also stored under its own tension separate from the tension of the warp, so that no matter how tight the warp, the finished piece will never be matted or distressed.
Automatic Cloth Advance System
Where consistency of weft spacing is important, the AVL Auto Advance is a MUST! No matter how you beat, the weft spacing will always be the same as the cloth marches forward, one pick at a time. Through the use of a slide rod and modern clutch bearing, the AVL Auto Advance is easy to use and widely adjustable, providing 8 picks per inch up to 120 picks per inch.
Multiple Box Flyshuttle Beaters
Whether you weave with one, two or four shuttles only AVL can offer you a shuttle system that allows you to complete the task with a mere switch on the beater. Jim Ahrens, inspired by John Kay (1704-1764?), designed our version of the flyshuttle system with counter-balanced boxes (that hold the shuttles) so that it would be easy to make the shift. As the two or four boxes on the right go down, the two on the left go up and vice versa. This has the added benefit of making it impossible to throw into a filled box – a very good thing! In addition, the shift handle is located in the middle of the beater so you never need to remove your hand from the beater, which helps to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted flow. So when weaving “pick-and-pick” as in overshot or Summer and Winter, the shuttle can achieve speeds unavailable on other looms.
AVL employs a rising shed system like no other and the treadling is unbelievable! Due to the spring lever system, the more you press down on a treadle, the easier it gets. AVL’s rising shed system is not a jack loom. Like many other AVL features, Jim Ahrens adapted power loom technology for handweaving, and the results are remarkable!
The roots of the Spring Lever System form an interesting "back-story." The earliest reference we can find dates back to an 1894 book by Thomas Fox called "The Mechanism of Weaving," so surely the Spring Lever idea predates the Spanish American War, The Columbian Exposition and Henry Ford's first automobile. Below is an illustration from Fox's book.
AVL bucks the smooth breast beam trend by making theirs sticky! Used on power looms for years, the sticky beam allows you to use two separate tensions: one for the warp and the other for finished cloth. This means you never have to worry about distressing your finished fabric and you can set the warp tension at the warp beam… where it belongs! And don’t worry about the AVL system harming your warp or finished fabric; AVL looms have been used on silk sett at over 200. Another hidden advantage is for short warps or when you’re just starting in that there’s no need to tie on; just wrap your warp around the cloth beam and start weaving. Really!