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Old 10-12-2013, 10:12 AM   #5
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A narrow orifice often means that the wheel was originally designed to spin flax (linen). Not 100%, but often.

If you're on Ravelry, send a photo of this wheel to the group Antique Spinning Wheels. They'll not only identify it but probably give you the name of someone who can get it into tip-top shape *and* help you with ratios.

New spinners (I may sound experienced, but my physical skills are those of a beginner) often treadle too fast and make the wheel grab the fiber more quickly than they can draft it. Practice treadling without any fiber in your hands; maybe read a book or pet a cat/dog. A steady, regular rhythm is good.

But check things out w/Antique Spinning Wheels; it's truly an amazing group.
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