Schacht Sidekick–TNNA debut

The Sidekick open and ready for spinning.

We’re just back from TNNA (The National Needlework Association) and had a blast showing off the Sidekick. She got a big workout and it was fun to show her off. We are thrilled with the response. We still have a few tweaks before we’re in full-blown production.

I thought I’d share some of the specifications about the wheel, as we’ve getting some questions:

  • Folds to 21 1/2″ x 15″ x 8 1/4″.
  • Integrated storage of bobbins, flyer, and whorls for transport.
  • Lightweight at 13 pounds.
  • 13 3/4″ drive wheel allows for ratios from 4.25 to 15.25.
  • Long, comfortable treadles.
  • Uses the same bobbins, whorls, and flyer as the Schacht Matchless and Ladybug wheels.
  • The Sidekick can be purchased without the bobbin-flyer assembly.
  • 25″ orifice height for comfortable spinning.
  • Employs Scotch tension with precise control knob.
  • The drive wheel spins on ball bearings. The flyer turns on self-aligning bearings.
  • Drive band tension adjuster allows for all whorls to be used with one drive band.

The Sidekick comes with 3 bobbins, 2 whorls, threading hook, and adjustable carrying strap.

Also available: The Sidekick Bulky Plyer Flyer Package can be added at any time.

The Price: We are still receiving pricing for some of our components, so it’ll be a few weeks yet before we’ll have the price finalized.

Ship Date: We will start production in early 2011, with our first ship date around the first of May.

Note: We’ve had some questions about the Sidekick’s weight compared to the Ladybug’s. We re-weighed the Ladybug, and she has gained a little over the years–mainly due to the drive wheel change. For comparison, the Ladybug official weight is 13 ½ pounds.

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Jane Patrick

Jane Patrick is Creative Director of Schacht Spindle Company. She is an author, lecturer, and teacher. You can find her class: Creative Weaving Techniques on the Rigid Heddle Loom, on Craftsy.