You would be confused when you try to find a spinning wheel as there is a variety of types, brands, styles, sizes, and prices available in the market. After creating our own natural fibers by spinning yarn from wool we purchased from local sheep farms and wool festivals, my wife and I thought that identifying the right spinning wheelis not much difficult. In this article, you can find some useful secrets for selecting a perfect spinning wheel.
First, forget about making a choice based on appearance. When you start looking at spinning wheels, you will find that some are more visually attractive than others. If you wish to have a wheel you keep on display in your home as a decoration, then go for one that looks appealing to you and has the features you want, but keep in mind it might be difficult to work with and hard to use. On the other hand, if you could not care less about how it looks, then choose one that will be comfortable to use and is of the right size so as to fit well with your height and arm length. You should be able to sit comfortably and spin for long periods of time without muscle strain from too much stretching just to work your wheel.
Next, estimate how often you think you will use your wheel and where. If you think you will do most of more spinning at home, then portability will not be a factor. But if you plan to do your spinning at different locations like we do, then a wheel that folds up and is easy to carry and then set up again is what you want to look for. In our case, we always find ourselves spinning at fairs and wool festivals we attend, in spinning classes, and at friends’ houses who love to watch real wool spinning in action.
Finally, figure out whether you will want a single or double treadle. Many beginners get started with a single treadle that they operate with just one foot, but bear in mind that you can tire more easily when doing long spinning runs. A double treadle allows you to work longer at the wheel and reduce the strain in your lower back as you sit doing your work.
Begin your search for a spinning wheel with these points in mind to get you started. They will help narrow down your choices from the huge array of different wheels available today. Consider the features you want and the accessories available for the wheel you think you might actually go with. Doing this will help ensure you end up with the perfect spinning wheel that does just what you want while providing comfort as you work.