Are you a beginning weaver who is excited to embark on a new hobby but do not want to spend a lot of money until you know for sure if weaving is the right craft for you? Are you a seasoned weaver who is looking to add to your collection of looms to enhance your skill? Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned weaver, purchasing a used floor loom is a great option that can save you money.
Will you need to assemble the loom?
Unless you are experienced in assembling looms or know someone who is, getting a used loom home and trying to put it together can be a daunting task. Not only can it be difficult to put the loom together, but unassembled looms may also be missing important parts. Always purchase from a reputable source when selecting unassembled floor looms.
Due to the size of floor looms, it can also be challenging to purchase them assembled. You will need to consider how you will get the loom home and who will be able to assist you with getting it into the house. However, an assembled loom can easily be inspected for proper function and will save you assembly time, which may make it worth the challenge of transporting the loom home.
Was the loom stored properly?
Always ask the seller how the loom was stored. It is not uncommon for large second-hand floor looms to have been stored in basements, attics, or even barns or other outdoor buildings. Storage locations with high humidity can cause wooden parts to be warped and metal parts to rust, which may make it difficult to put the loom together and can affect its functionality.
Who manufactured the loom?
Research the manufacturer of the loom if possible and check reviews. Brands that are well-known and have good reputations are less likely to cause problems than looms from unknown sources. It can also be helpful to know if the loom company is still in business in case you need to order parts or run into problems later.
Purchasing a used floor loom is a great way to save money, especially if you are a beginning weaver or a seasoned weaver who wants to add to your collection of looms without spending a fortune. Knowing what to look for when buying a used loom will help you avoid issues that may lead to problems once you get your loom home.
Reach out to a used floor loom provider in your area to learn more.