This wheel folds flat for storage in less than a minute, and it will fit in a large suitcase! Clear finish. It is a castle-type wheel with Scotch tension and a unique angled design that makes treadling a breeze and allows to see...More Details
This wheel folds flat for storage in less than a minute, and it will fit in a large suitcase! Clear finish. It is a castle-type wheel with Scotch tension and a unique angled design that makes treadling a breeze and allows to see your yarn as you spin. The regular flyer has drive ratios of 6, 8, and 10:1, while the fast flyer has ratios of 12, 15, and 17:1. The basic wheel includes the regular flyer, 4 bobbins, a lazy kate, and a threading hook. The COMPLETE kit adds the fast flyer and an extra large plying head and bobbin with ratios of 5, 7, and 9:1. The Lendrum wheel operates with the use of scotch tension. This means the bobbin is slowed by a string or brake band that is applied over the bobbin. The tension on the bobbin slows it down and will determine how hard the flyer pulls the yarn in to the bobbin and will directly relate to how much twist you're putting on the yarn. Too much twist in your yarn? You'll want to tighten up the brake band/tension a bit and also try pedaling slower and drafting faster. When your yarn is over twisted it will sometimes actually snap before it goes onto the bobbin or double up over itself creating some knotty looking twisted tight bumps before it goes through the orifice, not good. Too little twist in your yarn, yarn is slipping away? Yarn is only strong if it is twisted, make sure that you have enough twist by decreasing the tension on the bobbin by loosening the brake band. With too little twist you'll find the yarn slipping away from you and you'll be re threading and starting over which is very frustrating. You'll want to feed the yarn slower to the bobbin from your hands allowing it to twist more before you send it to the bobbin. Between the tension you put on the bobbin and the rate at which you feed the yarn from your hands toward the bobbin you can get your twist right generally. The carrying weight of the Lendrum is approximately 13 pounds.
The first wheel I got was a nightmare to use. I am glad I found the Lendrum or I probably would have given up learning to spin. This wheel can do anything you want it to. It is easy to keep going and is a complete, relaxing, joy to spin on. I have spun cotton, mohair and wool of various lengths and they all were consistently spun. I had to sell my first wheel but am in the market for my second. Happy Spinning!!
This is my second wheel and I absolutely love it! It treddles easily and quietly. There's a wide range of rations and I can do about anything with it. If you're considering this wheel watch the paradise fibers videos on it. You'll get a good feel for the wheel and how it works so by the time it comes you'll almost feel like you know it already. This will be my go to wheel for a long time!
My first wheel is a Lendrum. They are easy to use and great for beginners. They also can make just about any yarn you want, especially if you get the jumbo head. My wheel is one of the older models and even with spinning around 16 hours a week it is still going strong. I contacted Gord Lendrum and described the features of my wheel and he said it was built around 1978. For a forty year old wheel she is still works perfectly. This wheel will last a lifetime.
I can do ANYTHING on my Lendrum DT & I NEVER have any trouble! I have a Schacht Reeves Saxony, a Country Spinner 2 & I've had an Ashford Kiwi & a Schacht Sidekick. If I'd gotten my Lendrum 1st, I wouldn't have gotten any of the others! It travels wonderfully. It's a REAL portable! I take it outside in the grass, on the porch & have taken it to multiple Fiber Fair and other classes. It fits well in my IT luggage with a ton of room to spare. The wheel is very well made & the price is the most reasonable of all!
It's a great spinning wheel easy to use and very portable. Service at the store was great. Friendly workers. Great place! Loved it.