How Do I Choose the Best Used Weaving Machine?

Mark Wollacott

Choosing the best used weaving machine requires matching your needs with a product that performs its function and costs less than a brand new model. It is worth bearing in mind that buying used products means you have to be extra careful about quality control. A new product is covered by a warranty and a product guarantee; this might not be the case with a used one. Inspect the used weaving machine and the seller carefully if you can to make sure the product is still working and is in a good condition.

Woven fabric.
Woven fabric.

The first step in making any choice about buying something is deciding what you want and why you want it. There are different types of weaving machines ranging from small looms used for homemade weaves to industrial machines taking up half a warehouse floor. Narrow down the options by knowing what you want to buy.

Floor looms are a popular choice for weaving large scale projects like tapestries.
Floor looms are a popular choice for weaving large scale projects like tapestries.

This is also a good time to make sure you know your budget, too. A used weaving machine should be cheaper than a new version, but if you are buying it online or through mail order, you will have to pay transportation costs, so make sure these additional costs do not make the overall cost more expensive than a new one from a local retailer.

Check out the Internet. The main advantage of shopping online is that you have a wider choice of products to choose from. Many online auction and market sites have areas set aside for machinery such as the used weaving machine. The prices tend to be lower, and with bidding, you could get a bargain; however, you will have to pay for delivery.

The disadvantage is that you cannot view the products for yourself until you have bought them. In this case it is essential that you ask the seller for their address and check the website’s rules over disputing sales and obtaining refunds or exchanges. Most professional websites have clear rules on this as well as a feedback system for buyers and sellers.

Do you know anyone in the weaving industry? This can run from friends and family, to relatives of colleagues. Ask around for advice. Approach weaving factories in your local area to inquire if they have any old stock they want to sell on or who their suppliers are. If a brand is well-recommended, it is worth taking the time to look at what it sells.

With face to face sales in shops or with wholesalers, you have the advantage of being able to inspect the product. Ask if they have any working machines for you to see or customers with whom you can get a reference. Look at the used weaving machine and look for its general condition, functions and cost.

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I found a used weaving machine in perfect condition from a school in my area that offers weaving classes. I think it's worth checking into if you have a college or school in your area that teaches weaving, because these facilities often update their older equipment for the newest weaving machinery.


Other good places to look for a used weaving machine are yard sales, garage and yard sales, thrift stores, and antique shops. In these places, you will be able to check out any used weaving machine that you are thinking about purchasing while also saving a lot of money.

If you decide to look for a used weaving machine in these areas, you will need patience in order to find what you are looking for. Though you should be able to locate a nice, used weaving machine, this is a type of machinery that can be hard to find in the second-hand market. With perseverance though, you should be able to get a good, used weaving machine for the fraction of what it would cost you if you bought a brand new one.

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