General Spinning Wheel Troubleshooting

Flyer won’t turn. The drive band is not over the flyer whorl, or the drive band is too loose.  Make sure the drive band is positioned correctly in the flyer whorl.  Tighten the drive band.  Yarn won’t wind on. – There may not be enough tension. Tighten the drive band or the Scotch tension band. […]

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Ladybug Spinning Wheel

Ladybug Troubleshooting

My Ladybug makes a clunking noise when I spin. My Ladybug’s drive wheel won’t turn when I treadle. In the past, some wooden hubs detached from the nylon drive wheel. It seems in some cases the glue failed and this caused the wheel to separate from the wooden hub center. Generally, the wheels affected are […]

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Adjusting the Beater on Wolf and Floor Looms

If you have found that your beater does not come up square to the front beam, the first and most important thing to check is the level of the floor, as an un-level loom will cause the beater to go slightly out of square. Check the level of the loom by placing a level on […]

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Spinning Wheel Travel Bobbin

My Bobbins are Noisy

To fix noisy bobbins use white grease lubricant (available at most 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 […]

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Which Whorl Should I Use?

Our suggestions are below. You should use the whorl that helps you get the yarn you want. Sampling is always a good idea. Our Extra Slow Speed and Slow Speed Whorls are excellent for thick, low-twist yarns, and useful for novelty yarns. A longer drive band may be needed when the slowest whorls are used. […]

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Lynn Zimmerman

Caring for Your Spinning Wheel

1.  Try to keep the wheel in a dry, moderate climate. 2.  Try to avoid temperature extremes (i.e. keep out of direct sunlight and really damp and cold climates). 3.  Do not use Liquid Gold or other water-based cleaning products. 4.  If the wheel needs cleaning, use a cloth with paint thinner or similar non-water […]

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Cleaning Rusty Reeds

Rusty reeds can be cleaned by rubbing out the rust with fine steel wool or by using a commercial rust remover, such as Naval Jelly.  When using these products be sure to follow the directions on the label very carefully.  If you use the rust remover, work it between the dents of the reed with […]

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Sticky or Floating Harnesses

Easy Fixes – Check to make sure that the loom is level. To check level, place a level across the front beam and then the back beam. If the loom is not level, you can place a wood shim or rubber level (found at hardware stores) under one of the legs. You can also try […]

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How to Remove Heddles from a Loom

Equipment required: Strong cotton cord (approx 30” for each shaft) and a Tapestry needle with eye large enough for the cord. If the loom is not threaded, it is easiest to move heddles if you remove the harness from the loom first. 1. Work with one shaft at a time. Make one bundle of heddles […]

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Selling old equipment

We do not buy back used equipment, and are unable to provide information on the value of used equipment since this depends heavily on the condition of the equipment and your local market. See the Price List for information on current retail prices or contact a local Schacht Retailer for assistance.  

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What is a “Four Now – Four Later” Loom?

“Four Now – Four Later” (4N4L) is a loom shipped with four shafts installed, and with the capacity to add an additional four shafts. You can purchase a kit to add four shafts at a later time. 4N4L looms are shipped with all the treadles, heddles, tie-ups and other items normally included with an eight […]

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