by Catherine Malichecq
Texsolv heddles are not widely used in Quebec - probably because the vast majority of trades that are made there offer, by default, metal needles with one exception. Little-known, they do not always have a good press and yet they have significant advantages. For some, they even surpass the metal beams; we tell you why.
Before talking about the benefits, let's talk about these beams, their history and where they come from.
Texsolv is a Swedish company. Founded in 1977 by Sune Ivarsson and now owned by her son Thomas, it offers the Texlov system: heddles, eyelet rope and various types of brooches, a set of products specially designed for weaving. Currently, all over the world, the number of trades manufacturers using these products is constantly growing, and for good reason, the Texsolv system is effective.
The stringers - "solv" in Swedish - are made of crocheted polyester without knots. This characteristic gives them extreme durability.
Their design allows them to be installed very easily on the frames. Indeed, they are available in lots (most often 100 units) and are linked to each other at the top and bottom by a thin cord. Opinions differ on the use of these cords: some manufacturers recommend cutting them before use, which makes it much easier to use, in my opinion, particularly when threading is not followed or on multi-frame looms.
There are other advantages to note about these beams.
First, the noise, or rather the absence of noise: the vibration of the needles against the frames disappears completely thanks to these smooth polyester, which is, in my opinion, very pleasant.
Second, their design reduces friction and thereby preserves warp yarns. Another point compared to the design, it allows an easy and fast threading which does not necessarily require the use of a passette. A simple movement with the fingers makes it possible to catch and pass the wire through the central part of the stringer. With practice, the time saved is not negligible.
Thirdly, the excess beams can remain on the frames, because they easily settle on the sides, taking up little space and adding no unnecessary weight.
Finally, for those who wish, it is possible to partially dye them, which could help reduce errors, for example on multi-frames.