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« on: July 07, 2013 07:32:34 PM »

So I have fiddled with drop spindle spinning which I love (and wrote my psychology research final paper on as mindfulness practice) and then this weekend I stumbled on this gem for just $200. I guess its an indian head. I gave the wood some oil love but other than that it was ready to go.
No reason for this post other than I'm giddy and have to share with people who will get it.
After some youtube-ing I am already off. I have to admit there is a learning curve but I just love it. So ingenious.

And it has a cast iron wheel.
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« Reply #1 on: July 07, 2013 08:23:07 PM »

What a gorgeous wheel!!  Congratulations!
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2013 11:22:33 PM »

really cool, grats! Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2013 04:18:00 PM »

What a pretty wheel!  Love it!!  And I'm loving the cast iron wheel.  Is that a leather drive belt? Is the wheel an antique?

I ask, because just a couple of weeks ago I bought a new treadle-driven sweetie.  Not a spinning wheel, but a treadle sewing machine, and the cast iron wheel and leather drive belt are very similar to what's on my sewing machine!  Whoever built your wheel must've been very familiar with treadle sewing machines and used their mechanism as a model -- and  maybe the parts, too!

eta: (and forgive me for slightly hijacking your post, but seeing your wheel inspired me) I thought I'd throw in a photo of my sewing machine (cabinet currently closed) to show the treadle.  The wheel is off to the right, so a different orientation than on your wheel.  But gets me to thinking, those sewing machine treadle bases can often be found easily on Craigslist, etc., without the sewing machine head installed.  People sometimes make those into tables, but I'll bet a very clever person could take a treadle sewing machine base and somehow make themselves a spinning wheel, if they looked at your wheel as an example.  Those old treadle bases are often not expensive.  I paid only $25 for my entire sewing machine.  Also, if it's a leather belt and you ever need advice about replacing it, let me know.  I had to replace the leather belt on my sewing machine.  Wasn't too hard but helps to have someone talk you through it.



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« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2013 04:41:15 PM »

I also have to say, the shape of the flyer on your wheel is so pretty!!  I love how it tapers.
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« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2013 08:34:33 PM »

It is a leather belt.

Your machine is a beauty too. I collect antique Singers but I don't have a treadle one yet.

I saw instructions online for making a treadle machine a spinning wheel.
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« Reply #6 on: July 18, 2013 12:56:34 PM »

Cool!  Folks are very clever with how to convert things.  I'd heard about converting a treadle machine to a lathe, but not a spinning wheel.  Awesome!  The treadling of your pretty spinning wheel might convince you to find a Singer treadle sewing machine.  Really relaxing!  :-)
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