Schacht Whorls

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Schacht Spinning Wheel Whorls

Schacht spinning wheels can use a wide spectrum of whorls to aid the handspinner in achieving the best spinning speed for the task at hand. A high speed bobbin is required for high speed and super high speed whorls when spinning in double drive. (High speed bobbins are not required for Scotch tension mode.) The Extra Slow and Slow Speed Whorls are excellent for really chunky low-twist yarns. A longer drive band may be needed when the slowest whorls are used.

What Whorl Do I Choose?

It depends…on your treadling rate, the fiber you’re spinning, and the type of yarn you want. There are no hard and fast rules about whorls. What is important is that you choose a whorl that helps your wheel do as much of the work for you as possible. In general: the bigger the whorl, the coarser the fiber, the thicker the yarn; the smaller the whorl, the finer the fiber, the smaller the yarn.

What Whorls Do I have?

Each new wheel comes with a medium and a fast speed whorl. If you don’t know what size whorls you have, download this ruler to help measure your whorls.

Compatible with all Schacht wheels.

Spinning Ratios for each Schacht Wheel:

Flatiron Ladybug Matchless Sidekick
Extra Slow 4.6:1 and 5.2:1 3.2:1 and 3.6:1 4:1 and 4.5:1 Not compatible
Slow 6.8:1 and 8.5:1 4.7:1 and 5.5:1 6:1 and 7.5:1 4:1 and 4.8:1
Medium 10.4:1 and 12.4:1 6.5:1 and 8:1 9:1 and 10.5:1 5.7:1 and 6.8:1
Fast 15:1 and 17.4:1 9:1 and 10.5:1 12.6:1 and 15:1 8:1 and 9:1
High 20:1 and 25.2:1 11.5:1 and 14:1 17:1 and 20:1 10:1 and 12:1
Super High 21.2:1 and 26.1:1 12:1 and 14.5:1 18:1 and 21:1 11:1 and 13:1