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1  Re: My weird wheel - Help? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by tiramine on: January 28, 2009 03:26:31 PM
Thanks for your advice, everyone! I tried setting the wheel up to be bobbin drive. I used an old shoelace as drive band, and another as a brake. It doesn't run as smooth as the new and fancy wheels they had in spinning class, but it'll be great for practicing.

Here's a picture of how I set it up, in case anyone has the same problem:

Now, off make yarn Cheesy
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2  My weird wheel - Help? in Spinning: Discussion and Questions by tiramine on: January 21, 2009 03:41:40 PM
So.. like so many others seem to have done, I spontaneously bought an old spinning wheel without really checking to see if it worked first. It was really cheap, so it was a low-risk purchase.

When I got it home, I cleaned it and de-rusted the rusty parts. Now, things are moving like they should, I am able to twist the yarn, but the yarn won't wind on. While I looked around for information, I noticed that a lot of the sources said  (and I quote) "the whorl on the bobbin should be smaller than the flyer whorl.  If it isn't, use the smaller end of the bobbin, or change the flyer whorl." So I checked, and it seems the whorl on my bobbin is actually larger than the flyer whorl:

There's nothing I can do about this. I can't use the other end of the bobbin, and both the flyer whorls that came with the wheel are the same (small) size. Does anyone else have wheels that work like this?

I'm wondering if some of the other parts of the wheel are supposed to make up for the size difference. Like these strange pegs, perhaps?

Here's an overview of the wheel, in case anyone recognizes it:

Any advice would be very much appreciated Smiley

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