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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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.