Our old wooden braiding machines

What are wooden looms for?

Wooden looms are useful for making many braided products such as cords, braids, flat braids, picot braids, multi-circuit braids, piping, helical cords, soutache braids, princess braids, serpentines or croquet braids, rat-tail braids, etc., with a very fine level of braid.
Producing 5 metres per hour, the wooden looms allow fine, delicate threads to be used (fine cotton, viscose or silk, ...).

We can also manufacture large quantities by putting several identical looms in line on the “ménard” (a cylindrical drive for multiple looms).

How to use those products when creating clothes?

Wooden looms produce fine, delicate products at low speed

Age-old expertise preserved thanks to SCF.

A wooden braiding machine
A wooden braiding machine

The story of the Saint Chamond wooden looms

In December 2013, Société Choletaise de Fabrication acquired 950 wooden braiding looms mostly from the late 19th century, with the oldest dating back to 1830, 950 wooden braiding looms from the late 19th century, with the oldest dating back to 1830. The looms, steeped in history, have been preserved by an enthusiast named Guy Camus. He passed on his rare expert knowledge to us.

The origins of this unique and extraordinary collection go back to the acquisition of a company by Guy Camus senior; it was a business that had been in existence since the early 19th century (1833) in Saint Chamond, in the Auvergne.

When Guy Camus took over the business from his father, he provided new impetus for subsequent strong development. He regularly bought and refurbished machines, … as he was keen to preserve the expertise. Thus, when the business moved to new premises, Guy was involved in setting up the Braiding and shoelace Museum in La Terrasse-sur-Dorlay, donating around 50 looms. Two looms also went to the Musée des Arts et Métiers in Paris.

The design of these weaving looms dates back to 1748, when they were invented by Thomas Wadford (from Manchester). M. In 1785, Perrault improved Wadford’s design with the introduction of a part called a goose foot, which enabled the looms to be automated.

From 1830 until the 1960s, Saint Chamond was the braiding and shoelace capital of France, with 14 manufacturers of wooden looms. In the first half of the 20th century, every young girl or woman in the Saint Chamond area spent time working on the wooden looms.

Saint Chamond was also where the first shoelaces were invented and manufactured. Tips were made of metal.

A braiding machine in wood
A braiding machine in wood

SCF is resuming production of premium quality shoelaces

A cord is produced on the wooden looms then waxed or glazed (depending on the required effect) before the tips (in acetate or metal) are added. This gives a flexible lace with a uniform, smooth appearance.

We also offer coloured acetate tips. What could be smarter for a black shoelaces than a matt black tip.

Products for clothing and lingerie

Flat braid is ideal for clothing, it can be used to hold or decorate whilst remaining flexible. In viscose or wool, it can also make a belt for a dress.
Serpentine, soutache, scalloped or picot braiding can all add an original touch.

Products for embroiderers

Part of the French haute couture tradition, embroiderers use soutache and princess braids, cords, flat braids, etc., all produced on the wooden braiding looms. The fine grain combines perfectly with the accuracy of the work.

A braiding loom in wood
A braiding loom in wood
A braiding loom in wood and a flat braid
A braiding loom in wood
Bracelet in cord
Bangs and flat braid
Shoes and beautiful laces
Snapping and flat braids
Braids flat in silk and in metal thread
Snapping and flat braids
Scarpe e bei merletti
Shoe with a braid