Buried deep in the 33 pounds of 2-inch fulled strips of wool (see my earlier post) was a Rigby Cloth Stripping Machine, Model B. I had never seen or even heard of this gizmo before, but friends of mine had (and were both amazed at and not a little jealous of the find). So, of course, I poked around the internet to see what I could learn about the Rigby.
The Rigby Cloth Stripping machines are clamp-on machines that cut strips used for braiding, hooking, and weaving. It cuts a single strip from 5/8″ to 2″ wide. The user controls the width by adjusting the cloth guide (the red lever in the bottom right hand of the above left picture).
Built in Bridgton, Maine, the Rigby Cutting Machines have long been beloved by rug braiders, puncher and hookers. You can find them sold on sites like Etsy with prices ranging depending on both the model and the condition. (It appears as though this Model B would sell somewhere between $100-200.)
Among the rug making supplies carried by Halcyon Yarns is the Rigby Finger (#7 Finger for the 7/32″ cutter head for the Model H and #8 Finger for the 1/4″ cutter head) and extra heads for the Rigby Model C.
Currently my Rigby is visiting my Friend E. Friend E is an avid needlewoman (both needlework and sewing), hooks rugs and spins. Friend E was very interested in seeing how the Rigby works. She said it was easy to figure out and easy to use. After clamping it to a table, Friend E experimented with some pink fulled wool strips and sent me pictures.
As I said in last week’s post, I paid $20 a a thrift shop for 33 pounds of 2-inch fulled wool strips. What I didn’t share in that post is that the purchase also included the Rigby Cloth Stripping Machine. Most definitely a find!
Has anyone used this machine and, if so, for what?