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« on: July 07, 2009 10:07:08 PM »

i just bought a second hand babe spinning wheel! yay me! putting it together was a challenge but i got threw it, and after watching a couple of you tube videos i got to spinning. my problem is that i am getting WAY to much twist! like cork screw twist! how do i avoid this.  i see all these pretty fluffy yarns and mine are tight and stiff! please help me!

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« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2009 09:44:14 AM »

This is a very common problem. Your feet tend to want to go in a nice quick rhythm, but you should peddle as slowly as you can until your fingers learn to draft faster. Also, set your ratio by putting the drive band on the biggest one. Keep an eye on the yarn as you're spinning it, and if you get too much twist in that section, you can break off the fiber, let it untwist a bit, and reattach.

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« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2009 08:18:11 AM »

Also, remember that you can always remove twist.  If you spin a yarn that is kinked up and hard to the touch, take the bobbin off the wheel, put it on a lazy kate, and feed the yarn back through the wheel while treadling in the opposite direction of the spin.  Make sure your brake band is pretty snug for this...you want to remove SOME twist but not all. 

And like natashafatale said, your hands will eventually catch up to your feet and you'll be able to spin exactly the kind of yarn you want!   Wink

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« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2009 04:21:31 PM »

i think its a drafting problem coupled with i hold it too tight and it doesnts feed onto the bobbin properly

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« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2009 09:31:32 PM »

If you catch it before it winds onto the bobbin just draft another section and let the twist travel up into it. Also, you will lose some twist after washing it.  And at least it will wear really good!

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« Reply #5 on: July 13, 2009 07:26:58 AM »

Try increasing the take up on the wheel - tighten the tension.  For light, airy yarns you want to spin slow but take up quickly.

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