Support: Addressing Noisy Bobbins

To fix noisy bobbins use white grease lubricant (available at hardware stores). Place the bobbin on the flyer shaft. Then place a small amount of white grease on either end of the bobbin on the flyer shaft. Put a drop of oil on top of the white grease. When finished spinning wipe the white grease off the flyer shaft to prevent the shaft from becoming sticky.

The problem could also be a noisy whorl. To determine if the noise is coming from the bobbin or the whorl, place the drive band (or bands) first over the whorl and treadle. If the whorl makes a noise, then the source of the noise is the whorl. Now place the drive band over the bobbin and treadle. If the bobbin makes a noise, then the noise is coming from the bobbin. To fix whorl noise, the flyer and all whorls should be sent to Schacht for tightening. Noisy bobbins should receive the treatment noted above. Climatic changes may cause a bobbin to become noisy. Also, bobbins may become noisy when they are very full.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960's and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.