Whorls Matchless/Ladybug/Sidekick/Flatiron


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For our spinning wheels we offer a wide spectrum of whorls to aid the handspinner in achieving the best spinning speed for the task at hand. A high speed bobbin is required for high speed and super high speed whorls when spinning in double drive. (High speed bobbins are not required for Scotch tension mode.)

What Whorl Do I Choose?
It depends…on your treadling rate, the fiber you’re spinning, and the type of yarn you want. There are no hard and fast rules about whorls. What is important is that you choose a whorl that helps your wheel do as much of the work for you as possible. In general: the bigger the whorl, the coarser the fiber, the thicker the yarn; the smaller the whorl, the finer the fiber, the smaller the yarn.

What Whorls Do I have?

Each new wheel comes with a medium and a fast speed whorl. If you don’t know what size whorls you have, download this ruler to help measure your whorls.

Support: Which Whorl Should I Use?
Our suggestions are below. You should use the whorl that helps you get the yarn you want. Sampling is always a good idea.

Our Extra Slow Speed and Slow Speed Whorls are excellent for thick, low-twist yarns, and useful for novelty yarns. A longer drive band may be needed when the slowest whorls are used.
Our Medium Speed Whorl (included with Ladybug, Matchless, and Sidekick wheels) is good for medium diameter wool fibers, flax, and some silks. It is good for plying.
The Fast Speed Whorl (included with Ladybug, Matchless, and Sidekick wheels) can be used with fine, short staple wools, angora, line flax, silk and cotton.
Our High Speed and Super High Speed whorls are excellent for all finer fibers, especially when a fine, high-twist yarn is desired. A High Speed Bobbin should be used with these whorls when spinning in double drive on Ladybug and Matchless wheels.

The Extra Slow Speed whorl is not recommended for use with the Sidekick Spinning Wheel. Because this whorl is so large, there are issues with the fit on the Sidekick.

Benjamin Krudwig
Benjamin is the Content Manager at Schacht, and loves creating weaving and spinning content for the Schacht blog. His other spinning and weaving work can be seen in Handwoven, Spin-Off and the SIP Easy Weaving With Little Looms. You may find him on Instagram as @benjamin_krudwig

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