My spinning this morning began on the Matchless. It’s made by Schacht and I think it’s their top of the line wheel. I have one I bought new and one I bought used. I think it’s the new one (new in 2015 when I bought it) but I’ve had problems with the treadles not being smooth. Vince has messed with it but he’s going to have to mess with it again. I played around with it for probably over an hour and never could do anything but break the fiber. I never could get it to spinning. Figuring either I was never going to get this or there is something wrong with that wheel, I switched to the Lady Bug. I was able to start spinning yarn immediately with the Lady Bug. It’s so very far from perfect but it doesn’t look bad and I think tomorrow I’ll do even better.
This is the fiber I started with.
Here’s the yarn I spun! It has thick spots. It has overspun spots but hey .. it’s a start!
When I had first started out on the Matchless, I was using a merino fiber. The one I used on the Lady Bug (shown above) is Corriedale so I thought maybe it was the fiber I had used with the Matchless. When I was done for the day on the Lady Bug, I tried using the same Corriedale on the Matchless and still only got breaks and couldn’t get a smooth treadle action going. Sometimes, from a stopped position, I can’t even get the treadles to start without turning the wheel by hand first.
Tomorrow, I think I’ll clean up and oil the other Matchless and see how it works.