Leclerc LogoNilus Weaving Loom

Nilus Loom

The Leclerc Nilus is a sturdy jack loom that can be ordered in 4 or 8 shaft configurations. It has a lower castle and breast beam than the Nilus II. The 8 shaft loom comes with Leclerc's unique back-hinge treadle system and the 4 shaft loom can optionally be configured with the 8 shaft castle to make a future upgrade easier and less expensive. The loom's independent shafts are perfect for weaving any type of fibre from rugs to fine linens. Available in 27, 36, 45 and 60 inch weaving widths, the Nilus loom includes removable breast and cloth beams to make warping easier. The heavy duty cloth beam ratchet mechanism and warp beam friction brake enable the weaver to put a high tension on the warp.

Nilus Back Hinge Treadle Loom

Like all Leclerc looms, the Nilus comes with two more foot treadles than the number of shafts (6 on the 4 shaft and 10 on the 8 shaft). A set of pre-measured treadle cords are included which fasten to the treadles using the removable treadle hooks. A special Weighted Beater Option is available to increase the beater weight and enables the weaver to increase their beating force. The weighted bars have internal weights, evenly distributed along the length of the beater bars and can be added and removed, even when the loom is warped and in use.

Like the Fanny II and Nilus II looms, the Nilus back warp beam assembly can fold into the loom reducing the footprint. This feature enables weavers with limited space to have a full size loom and makes it easy to store and transport the loom. The loom is designed to fold even when fully warped! Other loom options include a Flying Shuttle Beater to speed up production and to assist weavers who have problems with wider warps. For those weavers who prefer sectional warping, an optional set of 1" or 2" rakes can be added to the warp beam to turn it into a Sectional Warp Beam. For those who don't have a lot of lower body strength but want to weave with a multi-shaft loom, the 8 shaft Nilus uses the unique Leclerc levered treadle design (shown below). This "back-hinged" treadle design increases the weaver's leg leverage producing a wide, clean shed with less effort while ensuring even tension on all treadle cords with the treadles in either the rest or depressed position.

Specifications and Pricing:

The dimensions and ordering information for the different version of the Nilus loom are listed below:

Loom 27" 36" 45" 60"
4 Shaft 1025-0027
$3,065 CDN
$2,865 US
$3,065 CDN
$2,865 US
$3,400 CDN
$3,175 US
$3,750 CDN
$3,505 US
4 Shaft
(with 8 shaft castle)
$3,659 CDN
$3,420 US
$3,659 CDN
$3,420 US
$3,994 CDN
$3,730 US
$4,344 CDN
$4,060 US
8 Shaft
Back Hinge
$4,370 CDN
$3,840 US
$4,370 CDN
$3,840 US
$4,705 CDN
$4,280 US
$5,350 CDN
$4,840 US
Heddles (#) 600 1,000 1,200 1,500
Width Weaving 27" (70 cm) 36" (90 cm) 45" (115 cm) 60" (150 cm)
Overall 37" (97 cm) 46" (117 cm) 55" (140 cm) 70" (170 cm)
Depth In Use 4 Shaft = 36 1/2" (93 cm)
8 Shaft = 40" (101 cm)
Folded 4 Shaft = 25" (63 cm)
8 Shaft = 28" (71 cm)
Height Loom 45" (114 cm)
Breast Beam 31 1/4" (79 cm)
Net Weight 4 Shaft 106 lbs (47 kg) 118 lbs (53 kg) 130 lbs (59 kg) 158 lbs (72 kg)
8 Shaft 161 lbs (73 kg) 168 lbs (76 kg) 175 lbs (79 kg) 203 lbs (92 kg)
  • Email or call us at (519) 941-0736 for more information about this loom.
  • Shipping to destinations within Canada or the Continental United States is included for this loom.
  • Looms and accessories are guaranteed by Leclerc for one year covering defects in material and/or workmanship with parts replaced free of charge. Camilla Valley Farm extends this bringing it up to a Full 2 Year Warranty.
  • Looms are shipped partially disassembled for easier handling and to avoid damage during transit. Assembly is simple with both written and video instructions included as well as the required tools.
  • Looms are made of selected, well-seasoned, kiln dried Canadian hard maple or birch, except for shaft frames and a few parts that require lighter wood. Metal parts are aluminium dye cast, cast iron and steel protected by metal zinc plating.

Every Leclerc Nilus loom ordered from Camilla Valley Farm comes complete with the following extras to get you up and weaving immediately:

Loom Options:

The basic Nilus loom can be customized to fit the weavers application with a number of options including a Double Warp Beam to allow independent tensioning of two different yarn types, a Flying Shuttle Beater to speed up the weaving process and/or extend the weavers reach, Sectional Warp Beam to speed up the warping process and a Weighted Beater for rug weavers.

Leclerc also offers a choice of loom benches to fit all weavers and maximize their comfort while weaving. All of these options can be added to your Nilus loom order or can be added to an existing loom at a later date.

27" 36" 45" 60"
(Instead of Wire)
$63 CDN
$59 US
$104 CDN
$97 US
$118 CDN
$111 US
$156 CDN
$146 US
Inserted Eye
$63 CDN
$59 US
$104 CDN
$97 US
$118 CDN
$111 US
$156 CDN
$146 US
Double Warp Beam Contact us for
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$589 CDN
$550 US
$674 CDN
$630 US
$781 CDN
$730 US
Sectional Warp Beam Kit 1 Inch
$273 CDN
$255 US
$273 CDN
$255 US
$327 CDN
$306 US
$417 CDN
$390 US
2 Inch
n/a 6442-4000
$241 CDN
$225 US
$267 CDN
$250 US
$351 CDN
$328 US
Flying Shuttle Beater n/a 6471-4000
$1,059 CDN
$990 US
$1,059 CDN
$990 US
$1,132 CDN
$1,058 US
Weighted Beater Bar Top 1560-2700
$113 CDN
$105 US
$127 CDN
$118 US
$144 CDN
$134 US
$180 CDN
$168 US
Bottom 1570-2700
$145 CDN
$135 US
$167 CDN
$156 US
$190 CDN
$177 US
$236 CDN
$220 US
Adjustable Loom Bench
(Height can be set between 21 and 25")
$295 CDN
$285 US
Rocking Loom Bench
(Height Adjustable between 21 and 26 3/4")
$495 CDN
$460 US
Open Ended Loom Bench
(23" High with open ends for storage)
$560 CDN
$525 US

Upgrade Kits:

Want to convert your Nilus loom to one with more shafts? Want to take advantage of the new Back Hinge Treadles? There are a number of upgrade kits available for the Nilus loom to expand it's functionality. Contact us for pricing and ordering information and we can advise what upgrades are possible.


Check out our Manual Section for downloadable assembly instructions for this and other Leclerc looms and weaving accessories. Information is also provided on upgrades and accessories. If you are not sure which Leclerc loom you own see our Leclerc Loom Guide to help identify the model.

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Last Updated: Wednesday April 17th, 2019