I wish someone would have told me what a deep well I'd be falling into when I started looking into buying a spinning wheel. There's so much to know! There's so many brands, and so many types, and so many features! There is a spinning wheel out there for just about every person who ever wanted to spin yarn, whether seriously or as a hobby. Whether you want to spin art yarn or lace weight. How tall you are, how long you want to spin, whether you like wood or plastic or PVC. Since it has been a busy week for me job-wise and not much in the way of knitting or spinning has been happening, I thought it might be good to synthesize some great resources I've found just in case there are others who are going through the same process I am!
I won't try to re-create what is out there already, so consider this a library of articles/videos/resources. Just in time for the weekend!
- How to Choose a Spinning Wheel - Paradise Fibers (video)
- How to Choose a Spinning Wheel (FAQ) - Paradise Fibers
- Selecting a Wheel - The Woolery
- Parts of a Spinning Wheel - Craftsy
What is important when considering your first wheel?
- Choosing Your First Wheel - Abby Franqemont (updated)
- Should You Buy That Old Spinning Wheel? - Abby Franquemont (video)
- Shopping for a Spinning Wheel - Craftsy
- Drive systems - Double Drive, Single Drive, Irish Tension (video)
- Understanding Scotch and Irish Tension - Craftsy
What are the major brands of spinning wheels?
Other resources about specific wheel models
- Ashford Kiwi Demonstration (video)
- Schacht Drive Demonstration (video)
- Schacht Ladybug Review (video)
- Kromski Fantasia Review (video)
- Kromski Sonata Review (video)
- Travel and Folding Wheels Comparison - Paradise Fibers
Last but not least, I would definitely recommend the Craftsy class on the Foundations of Spinning. It was a great class that you could easily do in a day, and she covers a lot of really valuable information on wheels and spinning in general.
This is by no means an exhaustive list but i hope it helps others out there looking to make an investment in a tool that can last a lifetime!