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Folding Spinning Wheels

Here are four folding double treadle spinning wheels that are on the market: the Ashford Joy, the Kromski Sonata, the Lendrum and the Louet Victoria. This page brings them all together so you can compare looks and details that will help you make the right spinning decision. There are a number of factors to be considered; not all will be important or carry the same weight for each spinner. Think about how you will use your folding, portable wheel. Consider what is important to you if you have other wheels; evaluate what others have said about these wheels, but in the end, let your criteria govern your choice. Your reasons for choosing one wheel over others may not be the same as the next person's, but they will be right for you.

  • Total weight - all the parts that go with wheel
  • Height
  • Height of orifice
  • Diameter of wheel
  • Ratios
  • Size of treadles
  • Size and number of bobbins
  • Type of Lazy Kate
  • Add-on accessories
  • Carry Bag
  • Type of wood
  • How the wheel folds
  • How easily the wheels folds and opens
  • Threading hook
  • Scotch tension (type of spring, location of peg)
  • Ease of adjustment
  • Footprint and how wheel sits on floor
  • Size of wheel folded and in a carry bag

Spinning Wheels that fold


 

 

Ashford

Kromski

Lendrum

Louet

Majacraft

Schacht

Wheel Name

Joy

Sonata

Upright

Victoria

Little Gem

Sidekick

Weight

11.2 lbs.

11.4 lbs.

13.6 lbs.

7.5 lbs.

10 lbs.

13 lbs.

Height

25"

32.5"

34"

23"

20''

29''

Height of Orifice

22.25"

30.5", adjustable

30", adjustable

23"

26'', adjustable

25''

Wheel Diameter

15"

19.5"

19"

14"

8.25'' (accelerated system)

13.75''

Number of bobbins

3

3

4

3

3

3

Size of bobbins*

18.56 cu. inches

29.26 cu inches

19.94 cu. inches

24.3 cu. inches

34.67 cu. Inches

29.92 cu. Inches

Lazy Kate

2 bobbin on wheel

2 bobbin on wheel

3 bobbin,

2 bobbin, separate

2 bobbin, separate

3 bobbin, separate

separate & tensioned

Ratios - standard

6, 8, 12 and 15

6.7, 12.5 and 14

6, 8 and 10

6, 8.5 and 13

4.5, 6, 8.5, 10.5, and 12.75

6.25, 7.7, 9, and 11

flyer

Additional Flyers

None

Jumbo Flyer

Jumbo Flyer

Fast Flyer

Fine, Lace, Plying, and Jumbo Flyer

Jumbo Flyer

Faster Flyer

Fast Flyer

Carry Bag, source

Optional

Included

Optional

Optional padded

Included Majacraft

None

padded

padded

padded

Woolery

Ashford and Woolery

Kromski

Woolery

 

Type of wood

Ply and MDF laminated

Alder and Birch

Maple

Beech or Oak and MDF laminated

Rimu fiberboard with Rimu face

Apple Ply and Maple

How it folds

put bobbins, flyer in place,

remove flyer head:

remove flyer head

remove flyer/bobbin;

Remove the flyer head; fold down the spin assembly, fold over treadles.

Remove flyer/bobbin, store flyer under treadle; fold down front and rear maidens; remove footman knobs; fold treadles and secure with footman knobs.

remove one footman

remove locking screw:

remove locking screw;

remove footman from wheel;

release 2 hinges;

fold then screw/lock

fold then screw/lock

store flyer under frame

fold and lock

store flyer head on frame

 

release locking pin:

     

fold and lock

Threading Hook

Yes

Yes

Yes

Not required due to orifice size.

Yes

Yes

Scotch Tension

Adjusting peg up

Adjusting peg up

Adjusting peg at

Adjusting peg up

Adjusting peg up

Adjusting peg up

front; spring

front, spring

rear, rubber band

front, spring

front, spring

front, spring

Footprint

17" x 15"

17" x 14"

18" x 15"

13" x 15.5" sits on 4 hard plastic feet

16'' x 14'' sits on 4 feet

27 ¼'' x 18'' sits on four rubber feet in front and wood legs in the back

sits on 6 soft rubber feet

sits on 4 soft feet

sits on 3 soft

   

rubber feet

Treadle size*

5.25" x 12"

4" x 12"

5" x 9.75"

3.75" x 9.75"

13.5'' x 5''

7'' x 14''

Size of wheel folded

25" x 15" x 6"

22.5" x 19.5" x 6.75"

28.75" x 19" x 7"

21.25" x 14" x 5.25"

21'' x 6''

21.5'' x 8.25 x 15''

Information on Selecting a Spinning Wheel

 Folded spinning wheels

Joy not normally positioned this way. For comparison only!

Spinning wheel bags

Travel Bags!

Notes

  • Height of orifice: the Kromski and Lendrum allow for adjustments to raise/lower the orifice height in a range of 2-3 inches
  • Louet Carry Bag and Kromski Tote Bag are included in purchase.
  • Ease of folding: this is a judgment call; all wheels are easy and take less than a minute to complete.
  • Time to open/Time to fold: for opening, we began with the folded wheel on the floor as it would be out of a bag; the test ended when the wheel was assembled and ready for spinning, but not adjusted. For folding, we started with the wheel fully assembled and the test ended with the wheel ready to put in a bag. Test was done by someone that knows how to open and fold each wheel without having to guess what to do or how to do it. After practice, there is no reason to think that any of these wheels can not be opened or folded in under one minute by anyone. Time differences for single treadle Joy and Lendrum negligible.
  • Adjustment of drive band - while the Joy and Victoria offer no way to adjust tension on the drive band, it may not be needed if properly done when made. However, as bands get older and loose some memory, the ability to adjust can be important for a longer life of band. Also, having the proper tension of the band can noticeably improve the feel for treadling, so having control of this is good.
  • Treadle size: length was calculated from front to rear, allowing for usable space for the foot.
  • For pictures shown with leg silhouettes, note that the spinner is sitting on a stool that is 18.5" high; the spinner is 5 foot, 4 inches in height.
  • Bags - Sonata, Joy and Lendrum bags (Joy and Lendrum bags are Woolery products) are heavily padded. Victoria bag is not padded but key points have padding added. We judge the Joy, Sonata and Lendrum to be quick to bag up. The Victoria is a bit of a puzzle that requires parts to be placed in a particular manner and order and will take a good bit more time to pack than the other wheels. We judge the Joy and Sonata bags to be the best to protect their wheels.