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Topic: What do you think of this spinning wheel?  (Read 1534 times)
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lazykitty
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2008 04:33:09 AM »

Enough bobbins that's for sure. It looks sturdy. If you are going to pick it up yourself, do find out how it treadles and see/feel how the bobbins rotate. Have it demonstrated to you. I've noticed that there's a double brake. There used to be/still is a brake at the front on the flyer and there's a thread with a turning pin hanging under the bobbin, which looks like a brake as well. At the end of the spindle there's a whorl for the drive band. But if I judge by the yarn on the bobbins in the box all of it should work fine. And it has this very special wooden thingy on the upright post  Smiley. Let us know if you buy it!
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Flowers and Lemons
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2008 07:03:43 AM »

I think this special wooden upright thingy is meant to tie on flax (don't know what it's called exactly in english..)  Tongue

I've actually never spun on a wheel before, so it's very hard to see if everythings intact. And the seller doesn't know about it as well. I think I should study wheel-parts a bit before I go look at it.

Thanks for your advice. I think I'll go for this one.. I'll let you know  Grin
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2008 01:39:32 PM »

It's called a distaff.  Smiley  It can be used for more than flax, too, which is nice.  It keeps your roving/fiber out of the way.  Smiley
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« Reply #13 on: March 14, 2008 04:49:20 AM »

Hm, to me its position doesn't seem very useful as a distaff because it's very low and in the way.
@Flowers and Lemons, there are many nice videos on you tube to get you started with a wheel. Here's a few;

http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=8Qw6pVgw9UU
http://nl.youtube.com/watch?v=gOM7YvzGl3Y&feature=related (look at all the wheels behind her!)
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Flowers and Lemons
« Reply #14 on: March 22, 2008 12:34:57 PM »

This might sound really stupid, but I decided not to buy the wheel. Since I just started spinning (and am going to move in five months) I decided I should wait and practise spinning on a drop spindle more before I buy a wheel. When I have spun a bit more and I feel like I should really want a wheel, I will look again. Thanks for your help.
And the last wheel definately looked great, so I'm still tempted..  Grin
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