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SnarkyShark
« on: November 28, 2012 10:56:17 PM »

I so very badly desire to start spinning on a spinning wheel. I have done some hand spinning on a spindle, but I am looking to buy a spinning wheel in the near future.

Since I am a college kid I'd really appreciate the cheaper, more portable ones. The one I have my eye on now is the HitchHiker.

http://www.susansfibershop.com/merlintreewheel.htm

I also like the Sidekick but it is a bit pricier and I am a broke college kid Tongue

http://www.yarn.com/product/schacht-sidekick-spinning-wheel/


Any words of advice from experienced spinners?

I have been looking high and low for the best deals possible, so please let me know if you know of any good deals on spinning wheels!
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« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2012 08:11:22 AM »

unfortunately, as far as second hand wheels go, unless they are in dire need of repair they really do'nt cost much less then a new one.  I paid the woman I bought my second hand wheel from 100$ less then what she paid, and that was a really really hard haggle to get her there.  The wheel was in great shape, but 14 years old at that time.  But if they are taken care of, they are worth every penny.
However, you never know, and craigslist and the like are good places to check often.  As well as kbbspin.org  That site is tricky to manoeuvre but often has some good deals on second hand items. 
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2012 05:03:31 PM »

Craigslist is a really good resource, but it can take a while. I paid 80 dollars for my older Ashford Traddy. It had something wrong with it, that my dad managed to figure out. I just put another 20 into the Ashford maintenance kit and it was good to go.

So, it's possible to find a cheap one, but it can take a while. My second wheel is an Ashford Elizabeth I. It was 250. I found it on a ravelry spinning wheel forum. So, that might be a good resource as well.

Good luck. I'm with you on the poor college student thing, so I know how hard it is to find something within a super small budget.
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« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2012 06:39:03 PM »

I can't help with where to get one for cheap but I can recommend getting a double treadle. I think they may be more expensive (?) but it is totally worth it, to me at least.
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« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012 05:29:34 PM »

i understand the whole broke thing. i've been wanting a wheel for a while but haven't been able to afford one, which led me to building my own. total it cost me maybe $20, plus some messing around to get everything working right. i still plan to get a professionally made wheel at some point but this will hold me over until i can better afford it.
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« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2012 10:46:45 PM »

Susan McFarland @ susan's Fiber shop is a great woman to deal with.

It won't hurt to ask her for a discount on the wheel AND for a payment program.

My DH bought me my first wheel from Susan in 2002 for a wedding present. Susan sent the wheel and my DH made payments for a year.

10 years later, I am still a huge fan of Susan.  She may sound ditzy on the phone, but I tell you what ... if she meets you once, she has you in her brain.

DH can call her up and ask her what I 'need' and you can almost hear the gears whirling in Susan's mind about what I have bought from her, what I've told her I have and what I would like to have.  She has never steered DH wrong.
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« Reply #6 on: February 24, 2013 05:10:02 PM »

I bought an Ashford Kiwi II from the Woolery (http://www.woolery.com/Store/pc/Ashford-Kiwi-c104.htm) about a month ago.  And I love it.  It definitely isn't the most expensive wheel out there, but at close to $400, I wouldn't call it cheap, either!  However, by delaying my purchase a couple months (to save more $$ each month) and asking for "donations for a spinning wheel" instead of presents for Christmas, it was within my reach. 

It is a fantastic wheel.  It's smaller and lighter than I thought it would be (which is a good thing!).  It came un-assembled, and the hardest part was waiting for the antique oil I finished the wood with to dry.  I found the assembly instructions very easy to follow, and it came with a "Learn to Spin on an Ashford Wheel" booklet (very nice-- full color, glossy photographs!), and a copy of "the Wheel: Ashford's Fibrecraft Magazine."  It also comes with a threading hook, a built-in Lazy Kate, and THREE bobbins.  I opted for the Free Mini Beginner's Spinning Kit (see the link above), which included 1/2 lb (I think, I didn't weigh it...) of really soft wool roving and a Kromsky niddy noddy. 

I'm no expert, but I also liked that, for the price, I got a double treadle and a sliding hook flyer. 

I really feel like I got my money's worth.  And I was spinning within five minutes of putting it together.  My boyfriend took pictures of this, but you won't get to see them, since my mouth is open in absolute awe and joy in all of the. lol.

You can see pictures of it spread out on the floor in pieces, and of the third skein I spun on it!



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« Reply #7 on: February 24, 2013 06:48:17 PM »

This is so exciting! I was the same way with my first few spins. Now I just sit at my wheel and treadle even when I don't have any yarn I'm working on, it's just nice to spin! I can't wait to see more of what you make, yay another spinner!

How do you like the sliding "hooks" on the flyer?
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« Reply #8 on: February 25, 2013 06:52:31 AM »

For the price, a kiwi is an awesome wheel!  Especially that it came with the sliding hook flyer.  I love the sliding hook flyer on my Aura. Fills the bobbins nicely. Beautiful spin, too.
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« Reply #9 on: February 26, 2013 08:28:09 AM »

Heavenly Handspinning is a small family-run company that makes really nice inexpensive wheels, some with bicycle wheels as the wheel, which I think is very cool.  Check out their Bellus and Fidelis wheels ($295, $225).   I think the extra $70 for a double-treadle (Bellus) is well worth it.   http://www.heavenlyhandspinning.com/spinning%20wheels.html

When I bought my wheel, I almost bought a Heavenly Handspinning wheel, but ended up getting a Fricke wheel instead, because I felt like it would be more versatile in the long run.  The Fricke wheels also come in a folding version, though I don't feel like the non-folding wheel takes up much space.  I love my wheel!  http://www.fricke-fiber-tools.com/spinningitems.html
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