For every inkle loom narrow band you weave that is 10 feet long, with 12 weft rows (picks) per inch, you will typically need to open the upper and lower sheds by hand this many times...
Each weaving - 1,560 times
1 per week in a year - 81,129 times
1 per day, in a year - 509, 400 times
Imagine an inkle weaver's cost in stress, strain and awkwardness if you were having to manually reach around and into the warp each and every one of those many thousands of times per year - required with other inkle table top portable looms!
That is why we invented the Fingers Free Shed Opener on our inkle loom - so you do not have to put up with it.