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Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Woolery spinning wheel maintenance.Spinning Wheel Maintenance

Taking care of your spinning wheel can be fun and make you feel good knowing your baby is in tip-top shape - kinda like getting your oil changed in your car. Depending on how much we spin, this is something that we try to do at least twice a year - more if we spin a lot.

Material List:

Screw driver
Allen wrenches
Cotton cloths
Sand paper
Wheel oil
Vaseline or better yet white lithium grease
Lemon Oil
Replacement Wheel Parts as needed


1.     Spread a drop-cloth on the floor or you may uses a worktable.
2.     Remove all the bobbins.
3.     Remove the flyer.
4.     Thoroughly clean off all the areas that you normally oil. These areas are usually covered with dust and    fiber.
5.     Clean out all the orifices with q-tips dipped in alcohol.
6.     Remove the treadle and slather lots of Vaseline (or grease) in the holes that house the treadle points.
7.     Tighten any loose legs or wheel supports. Use an Allen wrench or screwdriver depending on the wheel.
8.     If your wheel has a leather conrod joint, soak the leather in oil or slather on lots of leather conditioner.
        Rub it in, let it stand a few minutes and wipe off excess. If your leather conrod joint is dried and cracked
        remove it and replace.

9.     This is a good time to replace any worn drive or brake bands if needed. Sizing and Replacing a Drive Band.
10.   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.

11.   Lemon oil your entire wheel. You may prefer another type of furniture paste or wax. Replace the flyer and bobbins.

Watch these helpful videos from Kromski - New Voyager!

Sizing and Replacing a Drive Band

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