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« on: August 11, 2011 10:54:50 AM »

I really wany to buy my first wheel, but I have no idea what to get and whats best for my frist one and whats a good price ect.. any advice?
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« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2011 11:15:10 AM »

The best advice is to try them out.  Wheels fit different people differently, so what works for you may not work for another.  If there's a spinning store nearby that you can go to they should have sample wheels for you.  Otherwise, see if there is a spinning guild nearby and they might be willing to let you at least sit at the wheels.

I'd recommend double treaddle, but that's because it works the best for me Smiley  I like the control that it gives and the wheel motion is a little different (for me, smoother)

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« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2011 11:37:14 AM »

I dont really like the store by me the girl is kind of mean lol and I wanted to order one online.
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2011 03:41:35 PM »

Abby Franquemont wrote a great article about choosing a first wheel.  Here it is:

Based in large part on what she wrote in her article, I bought a new Fricke S-160 double-treadle wheel and totally LOVE it.  I really haven't tried other wheels in person, but I was immediately happy with my wheel.  It seems to offer the most versatility at the most reasonable price.

The other wheel I was seriously considering is the double-treadle wheel by Heavenly Handspinning (the Bellus, I think?)  I love the aesthetic of the bicycle wheel, and the folks who have them seem to love them.

I mention the Fricke and Heavenly Handspinning wheels because I think they are lesser known but really good and reasonably-priced wheels.  (Note, I haven't tried a Heavenly Handspinning wheel, but read up on them in their Ravelry group before making my decision.)

Good luck finding just the right wheel!
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2011 05:44:46 PM »

I was looking at getting an asford kiwi. Is that a good one?
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« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2011 08:44:52 PM »

I haven't used the kiwi personally, but the Ashford Traveler is what I have and I love her.  I love that I can swap out the flyer for the Jumbo flyer.  I think the only thing I would recommend is to get a double treadle.  I tried out the double at Fibre Week and wish I had a double treadle.   Ashford is a great company and they make good wheels.  I know someone with a Kiwi, and she loves it. 
Oh, and I didn't try out my wheel when I bought it,  I was just in the right place at the right time.
Also, Someone may argue this, but I was told (and it makes sense) that getting a single drive wheel with Scotch tension is 1)easier to learn on, and 2) more versatile.   The double drive is supposed to be a production wheel, so while there's nothing wrong with them, the single drive might be a good option for a beginner.

« Reply #6 on: August 23, 2011 06:59:26 AM »

I haven't ever tried a Kiwi, so I can't compare to the Fricke.  The nice thing about Ashford is that everyone recognizes that name, and there are lots of them out there, so you might be able to find a used one, or you might be able to easily sell it if you decide you want a different wheel later on.  Also replacement parts would be readily available.

I remember considering the Kiwi when I was looking, but don't remember for sure what made me decide on a Fricke instead.  I think maybe there were more speed ratios on the Fricke.  I do like that the Fricke has large bobbins and a delta orifice.  I think I would have gone crazy using a hook to thread a regular orifice in the early days when I broke my yarn a lot.

I'll bet there must be a group for Ashford Kiwi wheels on Ravelry.com.  If you look there maybe you'll get a good feel for what people like best about them.

I agree with Belladune with getting a double treadle if you an afford it.  You can always just use one treadle with a double treadle, but nice to have the option to treadle with both feet if that's what you feel comfortable with.
« Reply #7 on: August 25, 2011 06:39:03 PM »

The kiwi is a double treadle isn't it?  And I joined raverly the other day and got extremely confused.  I'm not sure if that site is for me or not yet, I guess I should give it another go.  

As for the tension, the kiwi is also scotch. I think this may be a good buy for me when I get the money, plus I want to stain it myself Cheesy

I want to spin lace weight mainly I think should I invest the 30 dollars in the high speed kit?

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« Reply #8 on: August 25, 2011 06:43:31 PM »

You're welcome!   And I'd say yes, buying the high speed kit would be worth it, and if you are buying new and spending the money anyway, what's another 30$? Wink

« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2011 06:59:43 PM »

Can I throw in a vote for an antique wheel? You say you like spinning very fine and antique wheels are great for that. You mentioned you were on Ravelry, there's a group on there for antique wheels, they can be very helpful at finding a good antique starter wheel. I started on an antique myself (I have 3 antiques now, I've never spun on a new wheel) and I in no way regret it. I do suggest that you study up beforehand if you do decide to get an antique just to make sure you get a wheel that will work. If you need any help you can pm me on here or on Ravelry (Beyondthis).

Your profile says you're in Long Island, I checked on craigslist and these 3 wheels look pretty good (from what I can see in the pics, I highly suggest asking on the antique wheels or working wheels groups on Ravelry though, they can spot a SWSO or an expensive repair a mile away)
http://hudsonvalley.craigslist.org/gms/2562888964.html -a little high priced, but you could try talking them down.
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« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2011 08:51:47 AM »

wow those wheels are so pretty! but I'm not sure if I want to start off with that.  Personally I don't know enough about them and if anything goes wrong I'm going to be completely lost. Also getting accessories may be difficult. I can just spend the 350 and get extra bobbins, a lazy kate, and instructions all for that price. An antique may be a good option for the future so its deff something to keep in mind.

Thanks though! I collect antique and vintage cameras, maybe in the future ill start collecting wheels too lol.
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