Continuous Thread Method of Loading Shuttles
Think you have it all figured out . Then comes the knock . Hey that particular figuring out doesn't work every time or in every situation or without changes ! So back to tweaking - probably the favourite byword of us tatters …. Should we be called The Tweaking Tatters ;-P
I shared a tip here, on how to wind the 2nd shuttle CTM (continuous thread method) using any calibrated holder/winder. The 1st shuttle was fully loaded & only 2nd shuttle needed to be loaded, for which we used the holder/winder of known circumference.
But what if Both shuttles require a measured amount of thread, neither of which is fully loaded ?
Case in point : Jane's TIAS 2015
Many of us are getting ready for the TIAS, and some might be facing a similar problem. If so, the following might be of some help to you ..... Read on :-)
Winding shuttles CTM when
neither shuttle needs to be full,
when precise lengths need to be loaded on each shuttle
Converted yards to inches, and then calculated the number of winds required on my 'winder' (my spectacle case, where 1 wind equals 6.6 in) for each shuttle (Sh).
I needed 25 winds for Sh1 & 17 winds for Sh 2.
On the winder, I started winding thread from the ball for Sh2 first (indicated with solid white circle & Arrow #1). 17 winds.
When done, Without changing anything, I continued winding for Sh1, But at a slight distance away (Arrow #2). 25 winds. (Arrow #3).
Then snip off thread from ball (shown by solid red oval).
Now start winding Sh1 from this cut end till all (25) wounds are loaded onto the bobbin. (Arrow #4).
The remaining 17 wounds are for Sh2. Take the starting thread end (the solid white circle end in pic) & start winding Sh2, till all remaining thread is loaded.
You will notice, when you start winding Sh2, that the thread end is Beneath the 17 rounds, unlike for Sh1. Hence, when winding, there is a tendency to play footsie / entangle with Sh1 thread. To avoid this, turn the winder as seen in pic, so that Sh1 is 'out of the way' And winding can continue in original clockwise direction. I found it even easier when I moved Sh1 also to the other side (left hand side in pic).
Both shuttles now have the required lengths of thread, wound CTM !
The best part, to me, is that I did not have to measure the lengths Beforehand ! All I needed was to count the number of winds and then load ....
And I am ready for Jan 7th 2015 . Bring it on :-)
Disclaimer : I may have a couple more winds than strictly necessary - better safe than sorry ;-)
How have You loaded your shuttles CTM for the TIAS :-)
How did You do it ?
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