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« on: August 29, 2006 08:36:13 AM »

It has nothing to do with me but I like to see wheels go to good homes! I've seen a lot of spindle users are saving up for wheels and I just saw this listing on Ebay:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Beautiful-Unfinished-Wood-Spinning-Wheel-VGC_W0QQitemZ180021818474QQihZ008QQcategoryZ134624QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

It's cheap because you have to pick it up in CT. For $25 she'll deliver it to Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Massachuetts. Just spreading the word, good luck!
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« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2006 11:33:51 AM »

Thank you so much. Just wanted to let you know that this wheel has found a very good home.....MINE Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2006 11:37:17 AM »

How amazing!
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« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2006 11:37:52 AM »

YES! I was actually thinking of you but I didn't have your email. I hoped you would see it!

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CONGRATS!
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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2006 11:52:47 AM »

good for you! I wated so badly to live in CT when I saw that, but alas. CA is a whole country away...Glad you got it.
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Yay!  Way to score, harlem purl!  Smiley
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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2006 07:24:26 PM »

yay, harlem purl!!! you got a deal, too. my stepmom has that same wheel and she's been spinning away on it for years, so you'll get your money's worth! Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: August 31, 2006 03:41:59 PM »

Just to update you guys, I got my wheel today. YAY!. But of course, now I have a bunch of questions. Hopefully someone out there in craftster land can help me out.

First - The wheel did not come with a regular drive belt thingie. It has a piece of tied rope that is used to turn the spindle and flyer. It seems to work but not as well as the original part would (I'm sure). So my question is, do I really need to use the belt that is specifically made for this wheel or can I get by on the string? It turns the wheel but it doesn't turn the flyer that well. I have to give the flyer a little kick start to get going.

Second - When the flyer does spin, the yarn does not automatically wind on the bobbin and I'm wondering why. Is the bobbin supposed to spin with the flyer or does it stay stationary? If so, does anyone know of any way that I can remedy this?

I did get a deal on this wheel so of course I wasn't expecting it to be perfect. But at the least, it does have to be functional. Thanks in advance.
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« Reply #8 on: August 31, 2006 05:09:32 PM »

We have the same wheel, and I think mine was in very similar condition to yours when I got it, so I'll try to help as best I can.

Mine didn't have a drive belt at all when I bought it.  I ordered a regular one (not the fast stretchy one) and it's simply a long length of cotton twine.  So long as you're using strong string, anything you have could probably work.  In fact, I've foregone the driveband I purchased in favor of a length of waxed twine I had in my jewelry making supplies.  For my wheel, it seems to be a bit "stickier" and helps her run smoother.

As for the second question, the bobbin does spin with the flyer, BUT you do need your brake band set up properly.  (When the ebay auction was first posted, I noticed that your wheel does have its brake band knob, but you might be missing the whole band-and-spring set-up.)  The brake band runs from one eyelet on the left of the flyer, over the bobbin, down into another eyelet, then up to the brake knob where it wraps around so you can keep your brake tension.  (I realize none of this makes all that much sense, so here is a link to the assembly instructions for the Ashford Traditional: http://www.ashford.co.nz/helpandadvice/TDSW.pdf  Scroll through to see how the whole shebang is supposed to work.)
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« Reply #9 on: August 31, 2006 05:42:50 PM »

Thank you so much for your help Magnoliacoffee!!!!!!
The twine does seem to be very strong but just a bit too slippery so I may try and put some candle wax (or anythin gelse I can think of) to make it a little more sticky.

As far as the brake band...you're right, I don't have one. The cord is there but I am missing the springs. I may have to take a trip to the hardware store to see what I can dig up. If anyone else has an idea of where I can find some small springs, please let me know. Otherwise, I may just have to get in contact with ashford and see if I can get them that way (but I'm feeling pretty cheap after splurging on this wheel)
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