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Why I love the Sidekick!

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Meet the Schacht Sidekick Spinning Wheel!

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An Unconventional Spinning Wheel

Five years ago I would have never guessed that I would fall in love with such an unconventional-looking spinning wheel! But let’s not yet judge this wheel by it’s looks!

My first and Only Wheel?

For over 30 years, I’d been spinning on a typical vintage-style wheel that was the love of my life. Well, geez, I learned to spin hand-carded wool from a fleece shorn just down the hill from me in NorthWest Arkansas.  Mind you, that was way back in 1973 when the only wheels around were old rickety ones that weren’t very efficient or those, like mine thatIrene & Ashford wheel 1973 had to be ordered from New Zealand and put together on my living room floor.

Don’t get me wrong, I loved that spinning wheel.  It had seen me through thick and thin, through moves from Fayetteville, Arkansas to Santa Barbara, California to Northern and then Southeastern Arizona.  My “treat-it-rough” and throw it in the back of my Honda CRX to spin-ins, workshops and retreats never disappointed.  I learned to spin my first cotton on it from my mentors Harry & Olive Linder.

 

 

Irene circa 1990

 

It went to a friend who was starting to teach spinning and couldn’t afford to purchase as many wheels as she needed for each beginning spinner.  Someone bought it.  It disappeared from my hectic life growing Cotton Clouds into a successful mail order business.

 

 

The Ingeniously Designed Sidekick Showed Up!

Then low and behold, Schacht Spindle Company ingeniously built the Sidekick with the same ingenuity as their Matchless and Lady Bug wheels.  But there was something very unique about the Sidekick.  It was so portable that once I tried it and was convinced it was the kind of wheel I needed, I began throwing in over my shoulder and taking it to parks, to the bank, to downtown street festivals to share my enthusiasm for (cotton) spinning with the rest of the world.Sidekick wheel

It’s Everything I Want in a Wheel!

The Sidekick is everything I’ve ever looked for in a spinning wheel.  It is so responsive to the way I spin, which is mostly using a long draw to spin cotton.  Although I love it for spinning cotton, it will spin every staple-length of wool, cashmere, alpaca, linen and more making it very versatile as well!  It has a wide range of gear ratios (ratios between 4.25 to 15.25.), allowing for these different staple lengths.  It’s an efficient little wheel too!  Double treadles allow you to keep the momentum going with a lot less physical effort.  It’s designed to be very stable and won’t move around as you spin.  Are you wondering what that teal blue wheel is made of?  It’s a steel tire rim that spins and spins and spins because it is so beautifully balanced. While it’s not your traditional spinning wheel with a standard wood wheel, it does the job better and more steadily than anything else!  Of course, the Sidekick is made with all the fine craftsmanship that Schacht Spindle Company is known for.  It can’t be outdone!

Take it on the Go: On Airplanes, On Vacation, On Retreats & Classes!

Sidekick JaneAnd finally, besides all that I’ve praised the Sidekick for above, one of my very favorite attributes about this wheel is that it is so very lightweight, easily collapses to fit into a shoulder carry bag, making it the best spinning wheel on the market and my #1 favorite spinning wheel. Schacht has cleverly incorporated “quick-release” hardware from the bicycle industry to make collapsing it quick and easy. Comes with a handy carry-strap for on-the-go portability!

Sidekick Carry Bag !

sidekick-bags1Take your Sidekick Spinning Wheel wherever you go!  This Carry Bag is made of rugged recycled polyester fabric with a heavy-duty zipper, bound interior seams and padded to protect your wheel. The Sidekick Bag is designed to fit your Sidekick Spinning Wheel safely and snugly inside. There’s ample room, too, for 3 bobbins and the Collapsible Lazy Kate.  Dimensions: 23″ x 15 1/2″ x 8 1/2″ when packed. The Sidekick Carry Bag can be purchased separately.

Sidekick Lazy Kate!

Schacht took physics to heart when they designed this Lazy Kate. It’s built low to the lazy-kate-collapsible ground (no tipping over during plying), has a unique tensioning feature (no more bobbin back-spinning during plying), and accommodates up to three bobbins. It can be easily disassembled, making it easy to transport or pack — no tools required! This Kate can be used with other spinning wheel bobbins up to 7″ in length. A Collapsible Lazy Kate can be purchased separately.

Meet the Sidekick and Decide for Yourself!

Watch these two short Youtube videos to get to know the Sidekick and see it in motion!  Watch Barry Schacht show you how easy it is to make the Sidekick portable.

Meet the Sidekick!

Watch the Sidekick in Motion!

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In My Own Opinion!

With over 35 years of spinning experience, let me tell you that this is a very intelligent spinning wheel.  I highly recommend it to you!

We have a very limited supply in stock.  Feel free to call me directly at 1-800-322-7888 if you have any questions about the Sidekick Spinning Wheel!

Irene Laughing Cloud Schmoller, founder and owner of Cotton Clouds.

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