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« on: September 22, 2009 03:22:30 PM »

Hi you all- been quite a while since I have been on here,  been a ROUGH year.

I was just at a fiber arts festival this past weekend and someone said that she had been to a class with Lexi Boeger. (sp?)  She had recommended a spinning wheel I thought it was called MAgic something- but not sure.  Then there is this wild spindle thingie... She said it was only like $400 or so and I looked through Majacraft and nothing there is that cheap.

I can not ask her again- it was a stranger- and now I am frustrated.

Anyone have any insight?

I have a hitchhiker which -well nothing was wrong with it, but not it is not working after someone trying to be nice modified it for me without me knowing it beforehand.

So, I have to have SOMETHING to spin on, or I will go nuts. 

Anyone have any input?  I loved my little wheel and am very upset.  But I want to get into some novelty stuff which does not work with regular wheels, so I would like to know what might work.
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« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2009 06:38:53 AM »

Any wheel that offers a jumbo flyer/bobbin would work.  Many manufacturers do.  This gives you the option to spin both 'normal' and novelty yarns.

I use my Ashford Traveller with the Jumob flyer/bobbin to both ply with and to create art yarns.

Also try getting one with a sliding hook instead of regular hooks (the novelty yarns tend to catch on the hooks of my Traveller).

Or check out the Ashford Country Spinner
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« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2009 04:49:55 PM »

I have an ashford kiwi with a jumbo flyer unit that works alright for me.  My grandma had a Louet S10 that ad huge bobbins and a large orifice.  Cyndi's right about the sliding intake instead of the hooks though - yarns catch all the time on my hooks.
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« Reply #3 on: September 25, 2009 12:10:01 PM »

I'm not by any means an expert on spinning wheels, but a friend of mine explained to me that a delta orifice is good for novelty yarns. From what I've seen, Fricke wheels and Majacraft have those, not sure about any others... If I'm misunderstanding, I completely welcome any corrections.
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« Reply #4 on: September 25, 2009 12:13:56 PM »

I forgot about the delta orifice!!  It does work well for novelty yarns.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2009 12:03:15 PM »

Thanks, everyone!  Someday maybe I can get one.  Till then, well, I will just have to wing it with what I have.  Sad

Wheels are SO expensive and around here, finding one at a good price almost never happens. 
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« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2009 01:29:58 AM »

The Majacraft Pioneer is the only one by that maker I've seen that is under $600. They make a darn fine spinning wheel, though. I have to attest to the awesomeness of Fricke spinning wheels. I have the S-160 double treadle. I paid less than $400 with free shipping. Bear in mind I didn't order the portable folding wheel or the level wind attachment. I can spin anything with my Fricke. I have spun super fine laceweight, sock yarns, worsted weight, novelty yarn including super coils and granny stacks, thick and thin, you name it. And the stock bobbins are huge. Mine will hold an entire eight ounces with some room to spare. Even without the jumbo flyer I can spin novelty yarns, but it would help if you wanted more yardage on there.
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