Loom work is a wonderful way to do beadwork and there are dozens of loom options available. However, before you buy a loom take a moment to think about what you want to do with loom work. Don't buy a little wire loom or you'll end up frustrated. Take a look at some of the better looms available; you'll be surprised at how reasonable the prices are!
What kind of projects will you do?
Will you be making bracelets or big split loom necklaces? Wall hangings or hat bands? Look for a loom that will work for your type of beading. You may need something as complex as a Mirrix with a shedding device, or something more basic. If you work on very small projects, you may want a tiny Tube Loom.
How often will you use your loom?
If you will only be doing an occasional project, it may not be important to invest a lot of money into a big, space-taking loom. On the other hand, if you will be looming quite often, then get the best you can afford. Having good equipment will make any project easier and much more enjoyable.
What kind of beads will you be using?
Better looms come with warp dent bars for both 11/0 and 15/0 beads. However, some smaller and less expensive looms do not have interchangeable warp bars. Be sure to check for this feature if you want to use more than one size bead. Also - remember that Czech 11/0 and Delica beads are not the same size when it comes to looming!
If you are buying a gift - what does your recipient wants in a loom?
We all love surprises and a loom makes a wonderful gift for a beader. However, tools and equipment are very personal so if you plan to purchase a loom as a gift, it would be a good idea if you knew exactly hat the recipient wants in a loom. Better no surprise than a bad surprise! A good place to get information is from the recipient's beady friends.
If you are buying for yourself, research before you buy!
All of the loom dealers I have encountered have been more than happy to discuss their products with me in detail so that I have a good understanding of the loom and its features. When Ive had problems with my loom, in most cases the seller has quickly addressed and resolved them, usually by E-mail. Help and hint are, in most cases, available at the dealer's Web sites. Don't be afraid to ask questions before you buy.