Support: Wheel is Hard to Treadle

First check to see if there is a 1/16″ – 1/8″ gap between the lip of the flyer and the orifice bearing.

If there isn’t a gap:

For the Sidekick, release the front quick release, and back the front maiden off of the lip of the flyer.

If there is a gap, and the wheel is still hard to treadle:

There is a screw on the side of the front maiden that can be loosened to alleviate the pressure of the wood surrounding the front bearing. Turn the screw slightly to the left to loosen the grip of the wood on the front bearing. Turn it to the right to tighten it enough so the bearing doesn’t fall out. There will be a “sweet spot” that is just right where the bearing will not fall out, but will allow the flyer to spin freely. This “sweet spot” may change with the weather because the moisture will affect the wood, and seasonal adjustments may be necessary. Dry weather will make the wood shrink, causing the bearing to feel loose; tighten the screw. Moisture will make the wood swell, causing the the bearing to feel tight; loosen the screw.

 

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.