It's novel, it's small, it's very portable. The Majacraft Little Gem 2 breaks some new ground in spinning wheels and comes packed in its own thermal carry bag.
What's special about it? It follows the concept of the accelerated wheel. Instead of being driven by rods connected to the treadles, the wheel is belt driven from a small crank between the treadles. At any given speed, the Gem wheel rotates at around one and a half times faster than a normal wheel. The treadles operate on a unique rolling action over the crank, entirely different from the up and down action of conventional treadles. The head portion is separate from the main stem and is able to be raised and turned to suit the spinner. This is a major development in design where the spinner can feed the fiber straight into the orifice rather than moving the hands or body to suit the direction of the wheel.
The Little Gem 2 is very easy to assemble and dis-assemble, the wheel and lower stem folding down over the pedals after the head has been removed. However it can also be carried or stored folded flat with the head assembly turned to the side.
Ratios are 4.5:1, 6:1, 8.5:1, 10.5:1, & 12.75:1. Weight: 10 lbs. Wheel diameter; 8.25". Wheel construction is New Zealand Rimu high density fiberboard with solid Rimu face. Finished in hardwearing precatalysed lacquer. Flyer shaft and wheel are mounted on sealed roller bearings. Delta orifice on flyer. Orifice height is adjustable from 26 to 28". Polycord drive band and Scotch tension.
Includes 3 plastic boil-able bobbins, carry bag and 2-bobbin Lazy Kate.
Accessories available are high speed whorl and low speed whorls to extend the spinning range from 3.25:1 to 20:1 as well as baby bobbins, lace bobbins and huge plying bobbins.