I recently bought a table loom with the thought of having a portable loom that I could easily take with me, one that would be handy for weaving samples (yikes!) and also for weaving with my handspun wool yarn. Well, I found a loom advertised on one of my favorite sites, Spinners', Weavers' & Knitters' Housecleaning Pages. It was advertised as a Louet Jane, and the ad went on to say that the cost of a new Jane is $1329 from The Woolery. The person described the new Jane in full, then mentioned her price for her Jane loom. I contacted her by email, bought the loom and asked her to ship it to me.
When it arrived, I realized that the loom that she sold me as a slightly used Jane, was instead a 25-30 year old Louet W40-8, which is a heavy brick of a loom. The supply box, which she included with the loom, was clearly marked Louet W40-8! This loom is not very portable at all, and lacking some of the features that the new Jane has. I was so disappointed, as I've never, NEVER, been shafted by a fiber person before. Sure, I know that there are dishonest people out there and I know that there are people out there who will say/do anything for money. I contacted the seller, who told me that "she thought it was a Jane" and that it was basically the same loom as a Jane. Well, no. The Jane is just a few years old and portable.
So my saved loom money is gone, and I'm feeling rather bruised. I debated about sharing this, but decided to share it as it might spare someone else some grief down the road. Be careful what you buy online-some people will say or do anything for a buck.
On a happier note, I'm off to set up one of my floor looms.
Here's hoping that you have time for fiber/fabric today,