View Single Post
Old 11-19-2011, 03:38 AM   #6
Turning the Heel
mullerslanefarm's Avatar
Join Date: Oct 2006
Posts: 588
Thanks: 33
Thanked 179 Times in 157 Posts
The link you sent shows a brake band, not a drive band.

You only need a brake band when you have a single drive wheel. Your wheel is a double drive.

The difference? Your drive band. The double drive's drive band goes around the drive wheel (aka fly wheel) twice. The single drive's drive band goes around the drive wheel once.

Check out these links:
Parts of a Spinning Wheel

How the spinning wheel works

Setting the tension of your wheel

On your wheel, there isn't much difference in the size of your flyer whorl and the bobbin whorl so it might be a bit tricky for you.

Make sure the bobbin leader (where you attach the yarn to the bobbin) is tied on tightly so it doesn't slip around the bobbin. Some spinners use a piece of tape to secure the leader.

I applaud you with thinking about using yarn to spin onto the bobbin! It is one of the steps I use for my beginning spinners.

The first step is to get used to the treadling. You don't want to go like a speed demon! You want the drive wheel to go pretty slow. When the footman (refer back to 1st link) gets to 12:00, push down on the treadle to create just enough energy to get the footman to get back up to 12:00 position.

Slower is better, remember you will also be drafting your fiber at the speed in which you are treadling!

You also want to be able to treadle, keep the wheel going all without thinking about it. The more time you treadle now will help you when you get your fiber.

Once you get your treadling down, add junk yarn "backwards". Thread it through the orifice, over the hooks and tie on to the the bobbin. Make sure it is securely tied on the bobbin.

Adjust the MOA so there is slight tension on the drive band. Start treadling and see if the yarn takes up. If it doesn't, tilt the MOA back a little, little bit and try again.

Sit up straight and keep your hand back from the orifice. There is usually a good 12-18" between my front hand and the orifice when I'm spinning. My hand does get closer to the orifice when I'm letting the yarn go on to the bobbin.

Relax! Don't keep a death grip hold onto the yarn. Once you get the MOA tension set right, just let the yarn go through your hands. Be sure to check how the yarn is winding onto the bobbin and adjust the yarn on a different hook!

You may get frustrated, but don't give up!!! You're just getting to know your wheel. Each one (even new ones of the same make & model) each have their own personality and quirks that you need to get to know.

If you get too frustrated, walk away for a little bit and then come back to it.

The first month of spinning is hell. Then one day, it all clicks and you realize you are relaxed and creating yarn!!

Muller's Lane Farm
Our Lessons in Homesteading
mullerslanefarm is offline   Reply With Quote