I’ve finally succumbed. My WooLee Winder (for the Schacht Matchless) arrived in the mail today. I immediately popped it on and took it for a test whirl. Unfortunately, the fiber that was close at hand was some soysilk that I dyed in a dye workshop. I just don’t enjoy spinning 100% soysilk, so it wasn’t a good test run. I’ll have to have another go tomorrow with some wool. (I have to admit that I absolutely loved spinning Karaoke, which is 50/50 soysilk/wool. So, I need to blend the 2 pounds or so of soysilk that I have in storage.)
While spinning, I noticed that I can hear some noise from the WooLee Winder. I think it is coming from either the travel screw or the eyelet, since the gears are quiet when I rotate the bobbin my hand. The noise is quite noticeable, but I notice all noises on my Matchless. I don’t know what level of noise/rattling is normal. I need some more time with the WooLee Winder.
I also have to play with it to find the sweet spot for the scotch tension. I either get too much or too little draw in. And I’m also a “pusher” when it comes to winding on. It will take a little retraining to let the travel screw do it’s job instead of pushing the finished yarn on the bobbin.