Meet the Denisee Special (aka “Stupid Spinning Wheel”)!
My design + The Man’s welding, woodworking and general mechanical skills.
Here are the specs:
single drive, flyer-lead
weighted scotch tension
ratios: approx 8, 15, 24 to 1
The driveband is tensioned by a moveable pulley on a horizontally mounted bracket
How do I love thee? Let me count the ways….
1. The lateral treadle setup gives me lots of room to work in front and to the left, which is how I draft.
2. The compact upright arrangement lets it have a pretty big wheel (24″) and still have a relatively small footprint (13.5″ by 26″). big wheel = higher ratios = fast
3. Single drive set-up with the pulleys on the front of the flyer allow me to change out bobbins without having to unscrew anything!
4. Since the bobbin is perpendicular to me, I can see exactly how it is filling up and when I should change hooks.
Next up- a built in-lazy kate?
Denise is such a happy girl. 🙂
It’s beautiful! Congrats!
You are pretty handy Denise….enjoy your new wheel.
Merry Christmas 🙂
Wondering why the orifice is angled 45 degrees from pedal?
It’s actually angled 90 degrees from the treadle, and that is so that as I’m sitting in line with the drivewheel, treadling with my right foot, I can do a long draw back and to the left. gives me lonts of working room. It is moedelled after the antique swiss lateral treadle wheels.