Wed 6 Aug 2008
At the risk of sinking into crass commercialism, I have to tell you about my newest wheel. I’ve been so pleased, I’ve become a distributor for SpinOlution the creators of the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel.
See the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel in action. I was plying and walked away and was fascinated by what happened. So, I put it on U-Tube. It continues to spin for 1 minute and 40 seconds after I walk away.
I was so excited when the wheel arrived. The Mach 1 Spinning Wheel comes assembled and ready to spin. Mine arrived in styrofoam “peanuts” but I understand that they’re now shipping with an expanded foam system.
I purchased an unfinished Mach 1 Spinning Wheel ($495 + shipping). I did put two coats of Tung oil on the wheel. Because the wheel arrives assembled, I had to take it partially apart to finish the wheel. It was really awkward. If I were doing it again, I’d purchase the finished Mach 1 spinning wheel ($595 + shipping). The builder rubs in two coats of Tung oil before the wheel is assembled.
The bobbins are huge. The Mach 1 Spinning Wheel comes with one bobbin, extra bobbins are available ($30). I’d recommend purchasing 2 additional bobbins for plying. I was able to spin 8 oz. of merino wool/silk on ONE BOBBIN. I’m posting a technique to spin exotic/expensive fiber on huge bobbins, Spinning and Plying with One Bobbin. Keep watching this site, http://Seabreezespinners.com/.
Bobbins from left to right: Mach 1, Schacht, Timbertops, Ashford Traditional
I added the wheels and strap kit ($20). The Mach 1 Spinning Wheel weighs 22 pounds but is well balanced. The wheels from the wheel kit attach to predrilled holes at the back of the spinning wheel. A light tug on the strap and the wheel goes with you. The Mach 1 Spinning Wheel is very maneuverable.
I also purchased the lazy kate for the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel. You can see from the photos higher up in this post that it provides the perfect home for the huge bobbins. I gave kate and bobbins two layers of Tung oil as well.
For you technical spinners, the ratios are 1:3, 1:5, 1:10, and 1:15. That should handle just about anything. You’ll notice that unlike other bobbins that have different sized ends to change speeds or require adding and changing whorls, the “whorls” are cleverly built-in. The flexible plastic drive-band is moved from one built-in “whorl” to the next and thereby changes the twist. You never have to take off or put on whorls or try to remember which end of the bobbin you had pointing where.
The bobbins easily slip on and off from the front without changing the set-up. The tension is adjusted by a little knob at the top of the wheel. Bobbins go on and off without interfering with the tension so once you find your “sweet spot” you don’t have to find it again.
The maiden has posts rather than hooks. And, there is no orifice. There is a simple, single hook on the front. This way, you can spin yarn as fat as you want and with beads and “do-dahs” and they won’t get hooked on anything.
The Mach 1 Spinning Wheel has loads of other features. While it has two treadles and spins like a true two treadle wheel, it is so well balanced that you can spin either with right or left foot alone without changing position or changing anything on the wheel. It’s so well balanced that it spins almost effortlessly; there are brakes right and left to stop the wheel if you need to pick out VM (vegetable matter) from your fiber.
If you’re interested in purchasing a Mach 1 Spinning Wheel from SpinOlution, please leave a comment or email me and I will help you put together your order. The wheel can be delivered to you right from the builder so you’ll will get your wheel promptly.
I’ll be posting a spinning yarn with beads article demonstrating the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel. Keep watching SeabreezeSpinners.com.