Needle Felting Machine
Experience the MAGIC!
The FeltLOOM® is an evolutionary step in the textile industry. Our needle felting machine allows the user to manufacture new and unique textile materials. Using a series of motor-driven needle plates equipped with hundreds of felting needles, fibers are felted together through repetitive strokes of the needles through the material being created. Using this simple technique, a truly infinite amount of textile materials can be created. Even with FeltLOOM® Owners in 17 different countries, in countless different types of industry, we are continually surprised at the new discoveries and applications that our customers continue to share with us, using our textile production equipment.
There are four FeltLOOM® models: 36”, 48”, 60”, 66”. All models are equipped with a double motor. Contact us to discuss which model will best fit your needs.
The FeltLOOM® allows users full control of both roller speed and needle speed, giving them the capability to match the machine to the fiber. Roller speeds are able to be individually controlled, ensuring a proper feed for any fiber
Rollers are strategically spaced, allowing users to stop the fabric from moving forward, and giving the appropriate slippage, at any point in the process. This prevents ‘pleating.’
The FeltLOOM® is equipped with two motors. Needle Motor: Gives users the ability to vary the density of the needle punches, depending on their fibers and situation. Roller Motor: Gives users the ability to control the finish on their felt.
Both the rollers and needles can be independently controlled, allowing the fabric to move through the FeltLOOM® at a defined rate from 0% – 100%. Fabric can be stopped and restarted in place, slowed down, or sped up during the felting process. This feature, combined with the full variable needle speed, allows the operator to control the density of the needle punches. This helps in building designs so that the first few runs can be slow, then when the design is complete, the speed can run faster, to tighten the fabric.
Provides the capability to move the fabric back and forth, felt a piece, turn it around, run it back through, and also gives the most control possible to the user, enabling texturing, density, etc.
Needle density is six rows per each 6” needle board segment, 72 needles per segment on all models, except on the 36” model which has 46 needles. This gives maximum needle penetration and maximum punches per inch. Through rigorous testing of engineering models, we found the optimum needle density required for the longer staple length used by many fiber artists. Needles also are varied in position and do not line up in straight lines, preventing a ‘corduroy’ effect and creating consistently strong, stable felt.
The rollers provide the grip needed for both ends of the process, as fiber is pushed through the machine and as felt is pulled out of the other side.
All tables are the height of a typical counter, which works for most users and prevents fatigue.
FeltLOOM® machines are built on rollers, making them easy to move around the studio or workroom.
Needles can be removed and replaced either one at a time or a whole needle board can be replaced at once. The front and back of the machine are equipped with a clear window, enabling users to see the needles moving, so they can identify any bent or broken needles while felting is in process.
The machine is designed with safety guards and emergency stop buttons to ensure safety of the operator.
The FeltLOOM® is currently being used in many different types of industrial application. From innovative textiles used to increase the drying time in concrete construction, to heat-resistant fiberglass material used in aerospace engineering to protect rockets from the heat released from their engines. A lot of industrial applications take advantage of the fact that the FeltLOOM® can create extremely dense fabrics. Depending on the type of fiber used, this density of the fabric can make the textile have certain innate properties such as being fluid absorbent, heat-resistant, durable, sound absorbent, and much more!
Traditionally, textile-production is an incredibly time consuming process. Not only does the FeltLOOM® allow for a MUCH faster production time in comparison with other techniques, but our needle felting machines are also capable of processing fibers in a new and innovative ways. The FeltLOOM® can create extraordinary non-woven textiles as well felting together combinations of both woven and non-woven fabrics and fibers. No other textile-creation technique allows the designer to combine materials in so many different ways.
The FeltLOOM® can process nearly any type of animal fiber, making it the perfect addition to any fiber breeder’s facility. The FeltLOOM® offers a unique opportunity for breeders to have total control over their production, from shearing the fiber to the finished product. Animal fiber farmers have always dealt with the problem of not being able to find a technique that is fast enough to allow them to carry their fibers over into finished goods; the FeltLOOM® needle felting machine is the solution.
Designed, Patented and Produced in the USA
The FeltLOOM® is a patented design, engineered and produced in order to ensure the highest quality equipment and ultimate user-control, resulting in consistently high-quality fabric, created exactly to user requirements, every single time. It is built from precision quality parts, industrial-duty, sealed gear motors, and is equipped with friendly operator controls.
The FeltLOOM® Guarantee
– Constructed from industrial steel and aircraft-grade aluminum
– Designed to allow for easy accessibility & replacement of needles
– Premium motors rated to last a lifetime
– Full support from our highly-trained customer support staff