In early December I bought a Matchless wheel, made by Schacht Spindle Company, from the estate of Betty Flannigan. It came home with rubbing footmen and treadles. But with the kind help of Judy Goebbel, we got it running properly. The first spin was a little bit of leftover medium wool from a dye run. Piece of cake!
I had heard that the Matchless, in double drive, was hard to ply on. No so! Piece of cake!
Then I ordered the fast whorl and a couple of fast bobbins and spun quiviut. This bag of quiviut had been giving me real headaches on the Hansen fast flyer. It is shorter fiber than the last batch I had bought. On the double drive Matchless I was able to fine tune the pull-in quite easily and spin a moderately fine longdraw with few breaks. Cool!