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Danyell
« on: June 05, 2006 08:26:50 AM »

First and foremost, I don't have a large amount of cash. I'm wanting to stay under $200, if I possibly could. Does anyone know where I can find a reliable spinning wheel for around that price? It doesn't seem as if any stores here in St. Louis carry them...
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PAKnitchick
« Reply #1 on: June 05, 2006 08:46:22 AM »

I bought my Louet on ebay for about $130 after shipping. I think that was a good price. have you done a search?
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Danyell
« Reply #2 on: June 05, 2006 08:53:12 AM »

Yes...but I wasn't sure what a good beginning spinning wheel would be.
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« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2006 09:09:18 AM »

I'm all for saving up for what you want.  I did, and bought a lendrum ST with all the accessories.  Its perfect.  I had never spun before I bought it and have never regretted it.
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nancyger
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2006 09:15:49 AM »

For a first spinning wheel, I'd recommend an Ashford Kiwi. When we went shopping, my hubby and I tried out many different brands and types, but we both found the Kiwi to be the easiest to use. (I'm still in shock that we agreed on the same one!) Another good thing about it is that it's small & lightweight. On the downside, it's not cheap; usually around $300. Hope this helps!
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« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2006 10:09:21 AM »

Don't forget the Babe! A basic fiber starter ST goes for about $139! I picked up a DT Production wheel from them for about $180, and have spun from bulky to gossamer-weight on it with no modification. Plus it's light, so I tote it around everywhere I think I'll get a few minutes in! ^_^

http://www.paradisefibers.com/wheels/babe.asp (this place is currently cheaper than buying from the manufacturer Wink)
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« Reply #6 on: June 05, 2006 10:24:05 AM »

The guy who taught me to spin suggested the Louet S15.  I liked it.  I was able to put it together pretty easily and everything.
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« Reply #7 on: June 05, 2006 11:45:51 AM »

My Babe Fiber Starter works like a dream.  I've patched up a metal part twice (for the whopping cost of .63 cents).  I'm probably moving up to an Ashford Kiwi next... but am keeping an eye out on ebay.
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« Reply #8 on: June 05, 2006 03:42:43 PM »

Thank you all so much! You've been a major help!
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« Reply #9 on: June 05, 2006 04:51:43 PM »

Along those same lines...hobbledehoy, I have used my Babe fiber starter for 4 years now and I think I'm ready to upgrade. I was looking at the Kiwi too. Has anyone used an Ashford Joy? I know it's pretty expensive, but it seems to be very versatile.
To answer your original question Danyell, I love my fiber starter. It's a great wheel to learn on and you can do lots of different stuff on it. If you aren't sure about spinning, it's a good wheel to try it out on because it's not that expensive.
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