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« on: September 22, 2008 04:04:19 PM »

I know it is super old wheel and the picture isn't great

But would it be worth it to buy for $30 and would it be a bad idea for a beginner to try to take a spin on it (having never used a wheel before, just a drop spindle)Huh  The person selling it says it still spins but I have yet to see it in person.

I would appreciate ANY help!!

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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2008 06:19:35 PM »

If they mean "it spins" as in the wheel goes around when you give it a push, that's one thing.  But if you want to make yarn, it will need to spin, have a flier, preferably some bobbins, a drive belt and a brake/tension mechanism...

I have no idea what "brand" of wheel that is, or if there are parts available for it.  But unless you can figure that out or the owner has them on hand, I would consider it as a decorative piece.  Old/cheap wheels seem great when you come across them, but if they need special parts or any kind of restoration or repair, you will pay for them in both time and money the cost it would to get a new wheel or a more modern second-hand wheel.  I bought an older Ashford Traveller as my first wheel, and it was missing some parts and had some wear- but I did it because I knew Travellers are like Hondas of the spinning world, and it would be easy to get parts for and get advice on how to fix it.  Just my two cents Smiley

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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2008 08:10:58 PM »

Totally appreciated cloudlover.  I knew that I would probably need to replace things/repair it some but thinking about it, I think I would be in too over my head.

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« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2008 04:04:13 AM »

Like Cloudlover said - it's not a working wheel.  Things missing like a drive band, footman or treadle are easy enough to replace but when you're looking at an empty mother of all (no maidens, flyer, bobbins), you're missing an essential part that aren't as easily replaced.


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