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« on: February 21, 2013 04:04:29 AM »

Hi! So, I'm developing an intense frustration with my new Hitchhiker single-treadle. No matter what I do, no matter which direction I am trying to spin, it wants to spin in the opposite direction, and my yarn jumps the whirl hooks and I get a mess. I have tried every possible position for my foot on the treadle, I have tried every imaginable tension. I usually just kick start it with my other foot, but that means I have to spin faster than my hands can keep up with because if I so much as slow down it stalls at the top or bottom of the rotation. Is it possible to just BUY a second treadle? Looking at the pictures the second treadle assembly just pops on there, there is no visible difference in the wheels when the second treadle is off, but I can't find a place to buy the second one. Anyone know what I should do?
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« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2013 07:24:12 AM »

It does look like the 2nd treadle just screws on, but check with The Merlin Tree to be sure.  The 2nd treadle is $75, according to the website.

The hitchhiker is a direct drive wheel.  I've spun on it once.  You want the hole in the drive wheel to be about 1:00-2:00 when you press down on the pedal.  I always recommend to my new spinners, and I do this also when trying a new wheel, to just sit and treadle for a while.  You don't want to be in a speed race.  Get the rhythm of the wheel.
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