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Tiffanyec
« on: January 27, 2013 11:16:43 AM »

Hi all. I just received my first spinning wheel yesterday. It did not come with good instructions for a beginner. My question is this. The instructions said that the bobbin needs to spin freely. When the bobbin is spinning, I cannot get to wool to wind onto the bobbin. The only time that I can get it to wind is when the tension is tight enough that the bobbin does not just freely spin. It can move with your hand, but it does not just freely spin. Is this the way it is supposed to be? Thank you for you help!

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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2013 11:30:24 AM »

Hi Tiffanyec,

It would help if we knew what wheel you got!  There are different drive band and tension set ups, and the way to fix each problem is very different.  Example, there are scotch (or Scottish) Tension wheels, that have the drive band go around drive wheel and either the bobbin or the flyer, but not both.  Then there is a seperate sring or wire that goes over the flyer or bobbin, to slow the bobbing or flyer just enough to allow the yarn to wind on.  (it can be either but not both.  it depends if its flyer lead or bobbin lead... but lets not worry about that now.)
Also, there are double drive wheels.  Which has the same band that loops around the drive wheel and the bobbin and the flyer.  What causes uptake is the difference in size of the pulleys on the bobbin and flyer.
So All that info overload for this plain and simple question:  Does you drive band loop once or twice?
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2013 11:36:22 AM »

It loops once. I am pretty sure it is a scotch tension. It's a bumblebee wheel. I could be the issue. The wheel is probably fine. This is going to take me a while to learn I think.
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2013 01:25:49 PM »

I should have asked if the brake band was on the flyer or the bobbin.   Also, does the brake band have a spring in the middle or on one end?   I'm not familiar with the bumblebee wheels, but I do remember my first wheel needed a bunch of brake band adjustments until I was told it needed an extra spring on the brake band.  Technical difficulties are to be expected when beginning!  Keep tweaking and trying!  You'll get it!
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