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« on: October 15, 2007 03:10:26 AM »

Hello!  I'm fairly new to spinning but I saw something about Woolee Winders in a book and wondered what you all thought about them, whether many people had them, how they got on with them etc?

It looks like they make life easier when spinning (by feeding on the yarn automatically and evenly) but I'd also heard that they can make your wheel less responsive and harder to treadle.  Any information or advice would be much appreciated!

I've been lurking around here for a while getting lots of great advice and inspiration from everyone.  Can't wait to spin something worthy of Fibre Friday!

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« Reply #1 on: October 15, 2007 05:46:36 AM »

I don't have one of my own, but I've spun on wheels with them.  They're nice, but like all 'technology' they have their glitches.  The main reason I haven't bought one is that they're not cheap and you have to buy their bobbins, and I'm able to pack a bobbin fairly well, so I don't feel the absolute need to buy one.  I've also known some people who don't like to ply with them.  If you can get to a fiber festival there are usually people there with wheels and woollee winders and they'd probably let you try them.  You really need to judge for yourself.  But if your a new spinner, I probably wouldn't get one right away.
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« Reply #2 on: October 16, 2007 01:59:17 PM »

I own one and wouldn't trade it for the world.  I use it on my Lendrum DT folding wheel and it allows me to spin without interruption, pack more on a bobbin, and not have the yarn get tangled on hooks and such.  I purchased one when I was a fairly new spinner because I knew what I wanted, which was faster production.  I did a lot of research on it before purchasing, and purchased without actually trying it.  I first purchased one with 3 bobbins and just recently purchased 2 more bobbins, so 5 total.  It's a bit of an investment, but totally worth it and has a high resale value if you ever decide to part with it.

oh, and it does not make my wheel harder to treadle nor less responsive.  And I ALWAYS ply with it.  I simply LOVE it!

Just my 2 cents.  Good luck!
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« Reply #3 on: October 17, 2007 12:20:42 PM »

Thanks for your help and advice!  I knew that someone on Craftster would have some useful information  Grin

I think I'll try to have a go with a Woolee Winder myself at the next wool festival I get to and just try to get better at winding even bobbins in the meantime  Roll Eyes

Thanks for taking the time to help!
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« Reply #4 on: October 27, 2007 11:15:01 PM »

I love mine -- took me years to finally get one, as they are pricey, but now I wished I'd gone ahead and gotten it up front.

Re their being not so great for plying -- at high speeds on my Majacraft Suzie and on my electric spinner, the woolee winder can't keep up -- on the Suzie, the bands on the wheel start to slip (this is with the accelerator head set at highest speed, 30+:1), and on the electric spinner, the WW won't draw in no matter how tight I set the tension.  So I slow down a little -- still faster than I'd be if I had to stop and change hooks to get the bobbin wound nicely.

I had one for a while on my Schacht and it didn't seem to want to draw in, so I took it apart and cleaned it, and it worked like a charm after that. Some fluff had gotten into the track the winder uses, gumming up the works. They come with detailed instructions on how to do the cleaning.

Oh, if you want another draw-back -- with the WW, you can't set your wheel to let you pull the fiber back out; it doesn't want to reverse.  I don't see this as a lack or a flaw, it's just that I often set my tension to allow me to pull back out a'la Mabel Ross. Instead, I fiddle the tension with my WWs so it just draws in -- any looser, and it won't draw in.
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« Reply #5 on: November 02, 2007 12:04:08 PM »

I'm holding off getting one.  I have plenty of extra bobbins for my Traveller and Traddy and don't mind moving the yarn over the hecks.

Although ... if one showed up in my Christmas stocking with extra bobbins, I wouldn't give it back
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