Beginner Tips

Tension Tips

  1. To set: Start by twisting the knob until there is no pressure on the spring resting on it, so that any more clockwise twisting of the knob would cause the spring to start to compress.

  2. Hold the leader straight from the orifice hook toward you, not at an angle. Always go along all the pegs from the first one you come to, to the front of the flyer arm.

  3. Hold the yarn you are making in a line from the center of the orifice hook to you. You may find you need to increase tension slightly – only a quarter turn at a time – as the bobbin approaches full.

  4. The fuller the bobbin is, the more it can overcome the braking pressure. This is true of any Scotch tension based flyer system.

  5. On large bobbins, the weight of yarn on the bobbin will make treadling under high tension difficult. Remove some tension and allow the weight of the yarn to function as momentum based tension while you finish filling the bobbin.

Treadling Tips

  1. Place your feet on the treadles and, with even pressure from each foot, gently press down one foot at a time to turn the drive wheel which (if connected by your drive band) will turn the flyer and twist your fiber into yarn.

  2. We recommend trying different chairs to find the most comfortable height for your body.

  3. Depress one treadle fully, and then the other.

  4. Your heels rest on the floor / heel rests in front of the treadles, only your toes need to go up and down.

  5. If you try to push down a treadle with one foot before the other treadle has gone completely down, you will find the treadle difficult to push. With a little practice, you will soon find where each side is completely depressed and adapt your rhythm to the upswing of the other treadle.

Ratio Tips

  1. If you are just getting started spinning, we recommend starting on the slowest ratio and working up to faster ratios from there.

  2. We recommend moving the drive band to the highest (smallest) ratio at the end of each spinning session, so that the band can “recover” from being stretched. This maintains its elasticity so it will be ready for you, when you are ready for spinning at the higher ratios.

Spinning Tips

  1. When spinning clockwise, it's best to start on the right-side pegs; counter-clockwise, start on the left-side pegs. That way the yarn will stay against the pegs as you spin.

  2. You will need to stop and change pegs from time to time so that the little hills of yarn that build up don't collapse into messes on the bobbin.

  3. For even weight distribution, fill from the front to the back, and toward the front again.

  4. The last peg before the orifice hook is important: it prevents the yarn from rubbing against the edge of the bobbin: be sure to be outside the final peg.



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