How do I Choose the Best Rag Rug Looms? (with picture)

Misty Amber Brighton
Misty Amber Brighton
Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.
Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.

One of the things to think about when deciding on rag rug looms is the amount of space you have available. You should also consider the type of projects you might want to do. You may also want to determine whether or not parts are easy to find for the models you are considering.

These machines are available in table-top or floor models. Generally speaking, the loom size of table-top models is smaller than that of floor types. This can make these models a good choice if you do not have a lot of space to dedicate to your rug-making hobby.

Even though table-top models are smaller, they may not be well-suited for weaving rugs. These types of rag rug looms are generally best suited for smaller projects, such as placemats or table runners. They are usually suggested for beginning weavers or young children.

Larger rag rug looms that sit on the floor are known as floor looms. These types are generally best for weaving rag rugs due to their size. They also come in various sizes to accommodate different sizes of rugs. Consider whether or not you might want to weave small throw rugs or large, room-sized ones when selecting one of these models.

Some floor looms have the added benefit of folding up when they are not being used. Choosing a folding floor style can be a good choice if you do not want to leave it up all the time. If you are considering one of these rag rug looms, you should remember that once you have started a project, you may not be able to fold the loom up without taking the fabric off off it first.

Many times, rag rug looms need to have parts replaced often. If you are purchasing a used model, you might want to take this factor into consideration when doing so. Check with weaving supply stores in your area to see what, if any, parts they carry for older devices.

Whether you are an experienced weaver or just learning to make rag rugs, choosing the right type of loom can be an important decision for you. It might be a good idea to take an experienced rug-maker with you when you are shopping. This is so they can offer advice and share their own experiences with various products. Once you have chosen a loom, you can expect to have many years of enjoyment from this piece of equipment, and be able to make a variety of projects for your home and family as well.

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My mother-in-law had a big rug weaving loom that sat on the floor. Even with a house full of kids in a place that wasn't that big, she managed to find room for her loom.

She didn't use this very much during the summer so was able to fold it up and get it out of the way. During the long, cold winter days she would try to find time to spend working at the loom.

I think this was more relaxing for her than doing anything else. This was a welcome relief for her after trying to keep up with the kids all day long. As the kids got older and moved out of the house, she spent more and more time making rugs at her loom.

None of her kids were ever interested in learning how to do this. She has been gone for a few years now, and I think they sold her loom after she passed away. Anytime I see a big loom set up somewhere I am always reminded of her sitting and working at her loom.

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    • Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.
      Looms can be used to make rugs, tapestries, curtains and blankets.