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My New Schacht wheel is Matchless! February 19, 2009

Posted by lunarawe in handspun, spinning, spinning wheel.

Possibly the biggest unshared info in recent months has been my acquisition of a new and much beloved spinning wheel. Thanks again go to Toni at The Fold for helping me to both select my wheel during a visit to Marengo, IL and then have it arrive safely at my Florida home! It is a Schacht Matchless wheel and so different from the Ashford Traveller wheel that I have now been using for two years. This again was a spliced together holiday gift (huge thanks to my parents and to Devorah). Really amazing how expensive a good spinning wheel can be. That said, I absolutely love this wheel. There are some major differences. It has a double drive mechanism (though it can be converted to scotch tension) and SO MUCH SPACE for my feet. Also I love that the orifice is in the center. Though, wouldn’t you know it, after two years of spinning twisted to the left, I still sit that way. Plus changing bobbins and ratios is so much easier. Do not misunderstand, I really love my Traveller wheel. But now I can just leave it set up with its lace flyer in place and still have a lot of options without messing with the entire mother of all everytime I want to do something else.


As always Devorah in all her fabulousness put together my wheel for me. Doesn’t she look happier this time than last time? True, this wheel does not come with 29 pages of assembly instructions. Now that was a labor of love. You know she is too good to me because trying to put a wheel together while a crazed and excited spinner is bouncing excitedly all around the house just has to be harder. Poor Devorah.


Eventually spinning was taking place and the world was very, very fine indeed. I am now 3/4 done with the last of three bobbins of this eight ounce wool roving. I am really wanting to ply!



1. laruse - February 24, 2009

Congrats on the new wheel. That roving is gorgeous! Did you dye it?

lunarawe - February 26, 2009

Thanks! Actually I did not dye it, the roving comes from Dudleyspinner who dyes lovely, rich rovings… http://www.dudleyspinner.com/rovings.html

I recommend her work!

2. Dave Daniels - March 30, 2009

Are you still loving your new wheel? I finally broke down today and ordered my Matchless, but it doesn’t come with it’s own Devorah.

3. lunarawe - April 2, 2009

What a pity! You know, Schacht might want to research adding an entire Devorah line…

I do still absolutely love my new wheel. You made a fabulous investment! Congratulations!

4. dudleyspinner - July 18, 2010

Thanks for the link to my store. I just recently got a Schacht Matchless myself. I love this wheel.

lunarawe - October 18, 2010

You are most welcome and I love this wheel too! I recently added a woolee winder to it and I am just in spinning heaven. 🙂

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