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Caring for your Spinning Wheel
By Marguerite Nelson- owner of BellaTessere
spinning wheel is a valuable piece of equipment; treat it like a piece
of fine furniture.
the wheel in the direct sunlight for long periods of time.
it near a heating vent or stove or fireplace. We live in an extremely
dry area and wood dries out fast enough without exposing it to
wheel isnít finished, finish it as you like and then periodically oil or
polish it as you do your other furniture.
however, oil the grooves where the drive bands or brake bands go.
careful whenever you move your wheel for any reason. Never pick up a
wheel by the drive wheel, always pick it up by the bench.
When you put
your wheel in a car, place it so it will not move around, I always treat
my wheel like another passenger and it gets its own seatbelt.
fascinated by spinning wheels; if your wheel is too fragile to handle
the attentions of a child, then keep it out of their sight!
are sturdy enough that a child would have a difficult time doing any
damage to them.
wheel clean, if you have been working with a dirty fleece, or if you
live out in the country on a dirt road, keep it dusted, it will work
better if you do.
needs to be oiled, using a 30 weight motor oil about every two hours of
use, or when you change the bobbins, whichever comes first.
Make sure to
wipe off any old oil and dirt before you add new oil. Every moving part
on the wheel needs oil, unless it is a sealed bearing.
the tension on your wheel by starting with no tension and gradually
tightening it until it is where you need it to be. The more tension on
your wheel, the harder you have to work.