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Tension is bad. Except when you're weaving.
In fact, if I had to choose the number one quality I'd want in a loom it would be the ability to easily get good, even and adjustable tension.
When Claudia Chase designed the first Mirrix Loom back in the 90s, tension was first and foremost on her mind. (If you've ever seen one of Claudia's tapestries on a loom you know that she weaves with incredibly tight tension.) She had used frame looms where she would spend half her weaving time struggling with the tension and never wanted to deal with that again.
Every Mirrix Loom can be warped using continuous warping, which means the warp is one long thread wrapped around the loom. (If you run out of warp you can tie onto the warping bar and start a new piece of warp, though.) This is helpful for several reasons. First, you don't have to deal with tying warp threads individually with the same amount of tension. Second, if you find you've put uneven tension on the loom, you can go back and even the tension out by pulling on the warp threads to distribute the tension evenly.
Second, all Mirrix Looms have on-loom tensioning devices. That means two things. First, you don't have to warp the loom tightly initially as you can tighten the tension once the loom is warped. Second, you can tighten or loose your tension anytime as you weave.
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