Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Woolery spinning wheel maintenance.

Taking care of your spinning wheel can be fun, something that we try to do at least twice a year - more if we spin a lot. 
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 Material List:

  • Screw driver and/or Allen wrenches
  • Q-tips
  • Cotton cloths
  • Cotton Rags
  • Spinning Wheel oil 
  • White Lithium Grease
  • Wheel & Loom Wax and/or Furniture Polish
  • Replacement Wheel Parts as needed 
  • Rubbing Alcohol 


  1. Spread a drop-cloth on the floor or you may use a worktable.
  2. Remove all the bobbins & flyer.
  3. Thoroughly clean off all the areas that you normally oil. These areas are usually covered with dust and fiber.
  4. Clean out all the orifices with q-tips dipped in alcohol
  5. Remove the treadle and slather grease in the holes that house the treadle points.
  6. Tighten any loose legs or wheel supports. Use an Allen wrench or screwdriver depending on the wheel.
  7. If your wheel has a leather conrod-joint, soak the leather in oil or apply leather conditioner. Rub it in, let it stand a few minutes and wipe off excess. If your leather or poly conrod-joint is dried and cracked remove it and replace.
  8. Replace worn drive or brake bands - if needed.
  9. Oil all moving parts. Don't forget the treadle hinges and crankshaft areas. Also, some bobbins need a good squirt of oil down the center hole.
  10. Wax or polish your entire wheel.

Check for any residual oil or grease and wipe it before you start spinning. Have fun!

Watch these helpful videos from Kromski - New Voyager!


Sizing and Replacing a Drive Band