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Understanding the Parts & Components of a Spinning Wheel


Do you know what a spinning wheel's parts are and how they work? If not, don't worry! We're going to go over everything in this article. A spinning machine comprises several different parts, each with its unique purpose.

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Understanding how these parts work together is essential to using your wheel effectively. In this post, we'll discuss the anatomy of a wheel and explain how each part works.



Wheel - The wheel of a spinning machine is the large, central part that provides the main power for spinning. The drive band or "mother of all" is wrapped around the wheel's flywheel, a large, heavy disk that helps maintain speed and momentum.
It is made of two parts: the head, which contains the drive band and flyer whorl (or spindle), and the base, where the wheel's spinning machinery is housed. The base also includes a treadle, which is stepped on to power the wheel.

The flyer whorl is attached to the head of the wheel using a "spindle," a thin shaft that runs through the center of the whorl. The spindle is connected to the drive band, which wraps around the flywheel. As the treadle is stepped, the flyer whorl and attached spindle begin to spin.
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Bobbin - As part of a spinning machine, a bobbin is a small, cylindrical object around which thread or yarn is wound. In the context of spinning wheels, a bobbin typically refers to the smaller spindle that holds the finished yarn and from which it can be drawn during weaving or knitting. However, the term can also refer to a similar cylinder used in other pieces of machinery, such as an umbrella winder or a fishing reel.

Bobbins come in many sizes and materials, the most common being made of wood, metal, or plastic. At The Hook and Needle Nook, LLC, in Spokane, we sell wooden and metal bobbins that fit various spinning wheels.

Hook - The hook is the part of the spinning wheel that holds the thread being spun. It is made of metal or wood and has a small hole in the center. The hook is attached to the spindle, the long, thin shaft that runs through the center of the wheel.

The wheel rotates the spindle, and the hook wraps the thread around it as it turns. The speed of the spindle determines how fast the thread is wrapped and how fine the resulting yarn will be.

Tensioning Device - This device helps keep the drive band tight as it passes over the wheel. The tensioning device is also used to adjust the number of twists in the yarn.

There are two tensioning devices: a friction brake and an inserted-hook flyer. The friction brake uses pressure to hold the drive band against the drive wheel. The inserted-hook flyer has a small hook that catches the drive band. The Hook and Needle Nook, LLC in Spokane carries a wide variety of tensioning devices for your spinning wheel.

If you want to buy the best-quality spinning machines online, The Hook and Needle Nook, LLC in Spokane is the best place to shop. We offer a wide variety of machines from all the top brands, so you're sure to find the perfect one for your needs.

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  • 1508 North Monroe St
  • Spokane, WA 99208
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