Looking to start spinning as a hobby? Before you get started, one of the things you need to buy aside from the fiber is the spinning wheel. If you are clueless about what you must look for in your first ever spinning wheel purchase, read on to know the important considerations while you are shopping around.
The yarn you will spin
Are you interested in a particular kind of yarn for spinning? Many spinning wheels cater to skilled handspinners who can spin any type of yarn, but as a beginner, it is safe that you learn spinning one kind of yarn first rather than to overwhelm yourself. With that being said, prioritize an equipment that focuses or specializes in spinning the yarn you are interested in over one that offers versatility.
Here is a great tip: ask people who regularly spin the kind of yarn that you want to spin and ask them about the kind of spinning wheel they use and where they bought it. It would be better if you can see for yourself how they wheel works so that you can get a feel of how you would actually use a wheel.
How big is the space where you will put your new spinning wheel? Make sure that its size can accommodate that of your new equipment. Fit and comfort are important, as you will easily get tired spinning in a very cramped space.
Do you always travel? Do you prefer a spinning wheel that you can often take with you wherever you go? Or are you always at home, and you would like to spin while watching your favorite TV series or hanging out on your patio? Take your lifestyle into consideration when choosing your first wheel.
At Steam Valley Mountain Fiber Farm, our friendly shop assistants can help you pick the best spinning wheel that meets your needs and preferences.