Many felt rolling machines give you no control at all and existing machines are rather rudimentary. The only control you have is either "On/Off" or "Stop/Start", and they may go forwards and reverse but they do not oscillate in forward/reverse cycles.
Other machines with rudimentary control are in stark contrast to the nuanced and skilled approach of the artisan observing and hand-adjusting the amount of work, the number of rolls between checking their fabric, the speed at which they roll or the length of a rolling cycle.
The Gentle Roller addresses all the needs of the felt maker. The computer controlled display panel (designed and made in Australia) allows the user to select and control;
the speed of the roller,
the number of rolls to be completed,
the number of forward rotations and
the number of reverse rotations
The loading can be adjusted by the unique pivot hook mechanism and the time required to felt can be adjusted by selecting the number of rollers, the speed, the cycles, and the motor delay time.
The Gentle Roller is as nuanced in its application as you are as a felt maker. Whatever your style or type of felt you are making, you control the settings to suit your needs.
Familiarity with your own style, some special tips and techniques, and your personal experience will give you the best possible outcomes.
Don’t be fooled by the name - Gentle Roller. This felter's friend can make everything from the softest most light weight nuno scarves and wraps, to layered garment material such as a jacket, to material heavier than industrial carpet.