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« on: October 22, 2007 08:43:09 AM »

As much as I've been drooling over all the spun yarn showcased here and on other sites, it was only a matter of time before I ended up with a wheel.
So during vacation, walking through admiring old linens, I nearly fell over this. Not knowing a wheel from anything else, (Like the kind and what-not) I didn't really want to pass it up, after seeing a beautiful brand new wheel at the LYS for nearly 400.00 It was like stealing this..... But I don't know if everything is there, part names, etc. I know I need a belt for it, and when I spin (treadle) it's uneven. Here are the pictures :

Any help and advice? I'd be very thankful for all of it.

Here is the yarn winder I got for next to nothing as well:


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« Reply #1 on: October 23, 2007 07:39:56 AM »

I would try to find a local shop that does repairs. You will definitly need to oil and clean that wheel up. When you say "uneven" is the wheel warped or does the turning feel uneven because it is a single treadle? It looks like you may need bobbins, you will have to figure out the brand so you know when ones you should buy.

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« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2007 08:40:46 AM »

If you want to DIY- there is a book called "The care and feeding of spinning wheels" that breaks it ALL down. It's awesome. I got it when my wheel was having problems (only to discover that I had really busted my wheel....).
« Reply #3 on: October 23, 2007 07:05:40 PM »

I would definately see if you can get it checked out by someone- if you have a local source for spinning supplies they may know a person, or can do it themselves.

In the mean time I would go over all moving joins and brush out any fluff that may be clogging and give it a good oiling. On your setup I would clean and oil the three joins where the treadle joins the rest of the wheel- if the join is leather get any fluff out, but be a little conservative in your oil doses.

Also, the join at the middle of the wheel - don't, however, shoot oil into any holes in the solid part of the wheel itself (this can cause the parts to expand as the wood soaks up the oil), just on the outside of the wheel. Also where the rod from the treadle comes up to move the wheel.

To set up a drive band use non-stretchy string- mine is set up with waxed cotton that was tied firmly and then sewn down, but your repairist might have another preference, so if you just want to see it moving don't worry about the sewing.

Once you have the drive band moving other moving parts will become apparent, and clean and oil them in the same way as you have the others. From what I see, the metal hole next to the large round verticle disk will need to be oiled as somethign rotates in it, and so will the other down the opposite end.

It is a really beautiful wheel, and apart from either having some bobbins made up, or tracking some down, I wouldn't imagine the cost of getting it up and running would be too great. If there are any leather parts they may need to be replaced.

Good luck with it.
« Reply #4 on: October 24, 2007 01:19:40 PM »

That is a very beautiful wheel, and following the instructions of the above poster should get it into working order.

Be warned though- it may be incredibly difficult to find extra bobbins for it, and you will want more. I have 8 for my main wheel and it still isn't enough. Although, if you know someone who has a lathe and a duplicator, you can sometimes make your own.

Good luck, and happy spinning!


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« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2007 05:26:39 PM »

I've heard that the merlin tree will make replacement bobbins.
Don't know how much it would cost though

I've been thinking of getting an antique wheel so remembered this bit of info I saw on a spinnning forum.


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