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kitkatknit
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  10:45:49 AM  Show Profile  Visit kitkatknit's Homepage Send kitkatknit a Private Message
I'll put in the yes or no call to the person that is selling the Lendrum as soon as I hear back from you owners on the following questions. The Lendrum Folding came with no owners manual so maybe I'm loading the bobbin on the flyer funky.

1) I put the bobbin on the center rod of the flyer, center the rod in the hole in the back and push on that back piece of wood till I hear a click. Right? Then adjust the tension. A few minutes into spinning the rod falls out of that hole. What's going on? Any suggestions?

2) Who's your favorite vendor for Lendrum accessories? For things like drive bands, extra bobbins etc.

3) Anyone else have the squeek that seems to be coming from the bobbin? Should I put a little wax on the center rod?

4) Can you spin with a plying head? Or just ply? I like the 5:1 ratio that it offers since I'd like to do bulkier singles.

5) Should the tensioner be a string with a rubber band on it? Is this original equipment?

thanks!! [meow]




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RoseByAny
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  10:51:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit RoseByAny's Homepage Send RoseByAny a Private Message
3) I don't have the squeak, but you're welcome to oil the bobbin shaft.

4)You can spin or ply with any bobbin, it just matters how much you can load onto the bobbin itself. (make sure you're using the right drive band - the bulky/plying head has a slightly longer band.)

5)No and Yes. Yes, that's how the wheel comes. But the rubber band will fall apart pretty quickly and also doesn't provide the best tension. Get a covered hair elastic and attach that to the string. Attach it to the hook beneath so that the ENTIRE elastic is under the flyer, not poking through the hole at all. You'll find a lot better control this way. I'm told Gordon Lendrum used to do something more akin to this years ago, but has lately gone to the rubber bands which are simply not as good.


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Lissa
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  10:55:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
1. You can tighten that wood flap with a screwdriver (there are 2 screws holding it in place). Make TINY adjustments so you don't have to pry the thing off with a crowbar when you want to change bobbins.

3. You will benefit from putting a bit of oil on the metal bobbin shaft every time you change bobbins. Wipe the old oil off before adding new. That's the ONLY place you should oil a Lendrum.

4. You can certainly spin with the plying head! And I use only the longer drive band that came with the plying head for all of the heads on my wheel - you can just raise the regular head up an inch or so to accomodate. Saves the agrivation of switching drive bands when you switch heads.

5. Yes, that's original equipment - looks "rustic," but allows for very-fine-tuning of the brake.

Have fun with your new wheel!

Lissa

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revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


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spindyerella
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  11:01:19 AM  Show Profile Send spindyerella a Private Message
I don't think Lendrums come with owner's manuals. Our two did not, and we bought them from stores.
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Lanea
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  11:10:15 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lanea's Homepage Send Lanea a Private Message
Nothing helpful to add, but my wheel should be here the first week in January. Can't wait CAN'T WAIT GIMME MY WHEEL ALREADY!

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azblueskies
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  1:40:23 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message
No instructions? Oh, boy....
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pixiepurls
Gabber Extraordinaire

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Posted - 12/20/2005 :  09:43:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit pixiepurls's Homepage Send pixiepurls a Private Message
I love reading all these lendrum threads! I am on a waiting list for february :)

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dad_who_spins
New Pal

USA
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Posted - 12/20/2005 :  5:55:32 PM  Show Profile Send dad_who_spins a Private Message
1) I replaced the nut on the outside of this part with a wing nut so that I can tighten it up when needed. The wing nut keeps that part in the back from moving out and causing the bobbin rod to slip out of the hole in the back.

2)Favorite vendor for Lendrum stuff: The Woolery at www.thewoolery.com

3) No squeaks on the bobbin/flyer rod with my Lendrum, but I do use oil, even though it says it is not required. I find a little bit of spinning wheel oil on the flyer rod makes for smoother spinning. However, DO NOT put oil on the wheel bearing in the middle of the big wheel.

4) Oh yes!!! Spinning with the plying head is great for making bulky yarn. In fact, I have to use the plying head to force myself to spin anything larger than two-ply sport weight. When using the plying head, make sure you use the larger drive band. Hint - don't raise the maiden too high or it will make the drive band too tight and the wheel will be very difficult to treadle.

5) Yes, the string and rubber band is how the wheel comes out of the box. I broke several rubber bands before switching to one of my daughter's rubber bands she uses to hold pony tails in her hair. That has held up for quite a while. The cotton string that came with my Lendrum broke within a few months and I just replaced it with some Sugar and Cream cotton yarn. However, I've decided the next time I replace it, I'm going to try fishing line which I've heard allows finer adjustment of the Scotch tension.

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Lissa
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Posted - 12/21/2005 :  09:16:06 AM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
A Lendrum tip that is NOT about the bulky flyer: My experience is that the drive band should be almost loose enough to fall off to attain the easiest treadling, which is also why I use the longer band for all three of my flyers (I also have a WooLee Winder). I hated the first three Lendrums I tried, because their owners had the band way too tight, which made the wheel very hard to treadle.

Lissa

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kitkatknit
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Posted - 12/21/2005 :  11:36:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit kitkatknit's Homepage Send kitkatknit a Private Message
'nother question. My used Lendrum came with a lazy kate. It's the kind where you mount the bobbins on rods between 2 pieces of board. Not immediatly apparent that this is the "Lendrum tensioned lazy kate" mentioned on dealer websites. The only tension I got last night was one of my cats being helpful with the singles. A different style of Lendrum tensioned lazy kate, looks open and has a large bobby/cotter pin shaped wire that the yardage is run through.

Any suggestions on making mine tensioned? I was thinking of running a piece of string from one of the cross bars, over the grooves in the bobbin and tied to the other cross bar to give it some drag.

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Lissa
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Posted - 12/21/2005 :  12:17:15 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
That's exactly how the other kate works. Try it, and see!

Lissa

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revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


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kitkatknit
Chatty Knitter

184 Posts

Posted - 12/21/2005 :  1:56:27 PM  Show Profile  Visit kitkatknit's Homepage Send kitkatknit a Private Message
Thanks everyone for all the new owner assistance! You've been wonderfully helpful.


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