I felt a little silly winding a warp onto my Schacht Flip that I could have made on my SampleIt. An eight-inch-wide warp is an eight-inch-wide warp, right?
Actually, yes and no. Yes, I will probably end up with the same fabric width and you won't be able to tell which loom I used, when I'm finished.
As I found when weaving this scarf, the top cross braces on the Flip really do seem to make weaving easier, especially at the beginning of the piece.
The SampleIt doesn't have those braces, and it's still a perfectly nice loom. My only real gripe with it is it can be hard to get a really clean shed right at the beginning and end of a piece. The cross braces must help with that, because they make the size of the shed independent of the thickness of the wound warp.
Just something to keep in mind when you're choosing a loom, and probably a good reason to try to test them out before you buy. Some craft and design elements may seem arbitrary, but they could matter a lot in the end.
P.S. - Weaving went really well! I'm not having any of the warp issues I had with the first piece. Crank and yank to the rescue!