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Old 09-19-2006, 04:47 PM   #1
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Babe's????
Must have wheel soon!!! So, what do you guys think of this, just to learn on until I know for sure I want to do this. I really want a Traveller, but I can't afford it yet.

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Old 09-19-2006, 10:25 PM   #2
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I haven't used one, but I know that Kristin (Silver) has . That was her starter wheel...if she doesn't show up soon to tell you about it, go find her: http://www.cometosilver.com/write :D
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Old 09-19-2006, 11:49 PM   #3
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Haven't tried one either...I sucked it up and bought a Traveller. Haven't heard anything bad about them, but wheels are so personal. So, it's hard to tell.

Main thing, does it have all the doodads that will let you spin what you want? Ratios, lace, bulky, ply, all that stuff. Traveller doesn't. So, I'm ordering the lace flyer kit.

I must say, it is very light! Beats the 13 pounds I lug around...All in all, proabably not a bad wheel for the budget.
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Old 09-20-2006, 08:32 AM   #4
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One of the great things about spinning wheels, too, is that they hold their value really well. So if you buy one and end up not wanting to keep it, you can resell it at only a small loss.
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Yeah that's true....but....but.....but....get rid of a wheel???? It's almost like getting rid of a child. My plan is to adopt several wheels and start a collection.
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Old 09-22-2006, 04:20 PM   #6
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I have one that is a really good work horse. I enjoy using it. I think that it is rather light so when I treadle it tends to rock a bit otherwise a good wheel.
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Another great starter wheel, from what I'm told, is the Fricke S-160. Everyone I've talked with who has one absolutely raves about it -- they say it's so smooth and also very versatile -- and it's not that much more than the Babe.

(scroll down) http://www.fricke-fiber-tools.com/spinningitems.html

This is definitely the wheel I'm leaning toward.
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Originally Posted by mintdee
I have one that is a really good work horse. I enjoy using it. I think that it is rather light so when I treadle it tends to rock a bit otherwise a good wheel.
I heard that it would rock a little during use, but if that is its only flaw, I think I'll go for it. Thank you.

I do like the fricke one, but if I'm going to get one that is cheap, I think I like the babe better.

I will be saving my pennies for a traveller though, I don't know why I want it so bad, but I do.
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Yep, that was my starter wheel. It's a little tipsy, but you can probably fix that by filling the base PVC pieces with weights or something (fishing line weights maybe?). There are some holes in the bottom piece for the "lazy kate" pegs, so you can't use sand or anything too small. I never weighted mine, because I didn't think about it until after I got my current wheel. lol The bobbins are small, but who cares when you're learning. It IS a great learner wheel.

Once I had my current wheel, I knew I would probably never use my Babe again, so I sold it on ebay to someone else just learning to spin. I got $150 for it which I promptly blew on fiber.
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