Buying The Best
Not long ago I bought a new pair of sneakers. They were pretty, but inexpensive. I got them for dog walks, kickboxing classes and the occasional run. I figured I didn’t need to spend much since I’m not a very serious athlete. The first time I wore them on a walk I came back in a massive amount of pain. Every other time I wore them it was the same, until I finally just started wearing my old ones again. Recently I finally invested in a good pair of running shoes and I remembered why, in a lot of situations, one should just buy a quality product the first time.
Sure, often you just can’t afford the best (I’m looking at you, $7,000 mattress), but other times (and if you can) it’s totally worth it to go for the $120 Nikes.
Or for the Mirrix.
I can’t tell you how many stories we hear from people who were ready to stop weaving beads or tapestry because their (non-Mirrix) loom just wasn’t up to par.
We also get a lot of questions about why our looms are more expensive than those inferior ones.
Why would you choose a $145 Mini Mirrix over a $16 craft-store bead loom? Why get a Big Sisterfor $290 when you can weave tapestry on a simple frame for $50?
The answer is the same reason to choose a good pair of athletic shoes: quality.
For both bead and tapestry weaving, you’re going to get a better quality piece when you weave on a better quality loom. There are many reasons why a Mirrix is superior in quality to most other looms out there. Check out this blog post for ten of those reasons.
We asked some of our customers why a lower quality loom didn’t work for them and/or why they chose a Mirrix.
Here are a few answers:
My first beading loom had a fixed bar, so my warping options were 12 EPI or 6 – and my beads are mostly 8/0, so that presented an instant problem for me. When I also found that it was impossible to get the tension even, a process in no way helped by t he instructions (which were copied from a book, and very generic) – I wanted to try wrapping the warp around the bar, but the smallest of my nymo spools would not fit in the gap between loom and bar, I finally had to wrap the warp completely around the body of the loom. By the end of the third warp? I was realizing both that I really missed weaving, really liked tapestry work – and needed a loom that was built to the same standard as my old cherry floor loom – but could fit in my lap.
I’ve tried many smaller table top tapestry looms, but none of them could hold the type of tension you need to weave tapestry as my Mirrix Looms. They are also very easy to warp and I love that I can have a continuous warp to use.
My first bead loom had a peg to hold my starting thread but after a while the peg would fall out thus releasing the tension.
Mirrix looms can be used for tapestry or bead weaving. The shedding device can be used for both methods creating a nice shed. Extension bars can be added for additional weaving length. Warping is easy with an easy adjustable tension and continuous warp. Most of all the customer support is outstanding!
The electric shedding device is a wonderful addition to my Mirrix loom, but even without it, the Mirrix shedding device works well, much better than picking each shed.
Mirrix looms are worth every penny you pay for them. I probably have at least 4 inexpensive bead looms and I just can’t turn out the same quality of work on them that I can on a Mirrix. My advice to anybody wanting to do any serious tapestry or beadweaving is to invest in a Mirrix. You won’t be sorry.
When you invest in a Mirrix you are investing a loom that will last you a lifetime. It will keep helping you churn out tapestry and bead weavings for years and years because it is made to last and to do the job right. But when you buy a Mirrix, you’re also investing in our company philosophy and in our community. Our looms are made right here in America in a manufacturing facility that provides supported employment for mentally and physically disabled adults. We use the highest quality materials available and stand behind them.
So why choose a more expensive Mirrix over another loom? Because you deserve the best to make your best art.