The Kromski Fantasia spinning wheel
The Fantasia is a wonderful spinning wheel for beginners and seasoned spin-stars alike. Full of impressive design features at an affordable price - perfect as your first spinning wheel.
I searched high and low to find a great wheel for beginners or those on a budget. I wanted to find a wheel that was affordable, easy to use, beautiful and with the ability to upgrade the basic set up at a future date - and this was the winner!
The Kromski Fantasia offers double treadles and scotch tension. It comes with three bobbins and built in Lazy Kate. The standard bobbins hold an impressive 120g of fiber and are easy to access and change too - simply pull off the front of the flyer, which is held on magnetically.
The wheel is momentum based, which helps you keep going with less effort. This is a highly innovative idea developed by Kromski and is unique in the market. It means super smooth treading, easy to use with one or two feet and gentle on your legs. Beginners particularly love this feature as gets you spinning faster- you don't have to "think" as much about keeping the wheel going in the same direction as much as other wheels, as the momentum helps you do that before you've had a chance to worry about it.
It comes set up with two classic ratios, 5, and 8 to 1 (the most popular ratios for spinning yarn) and has the capacity to accept other whorls to take you all the way up to an eye watering 20:1! You can also buy a separate jumbo attachment, with large bobbins and art yarn capability.
Although it doesn't fold, it's upright design looks neat and tidy and stores away easily against a wall, and fits into the back of a car.
It is the best value double treadle wheel in the UK market.
The Fantasia can come unfinished or with a clear lacquer finish for a little extra. Why not use the opportunity to make your wheel unique with your own colour scheme? The 'Unfinished' wheel is mostly made from European Birch and Alder, with an MDF wheel. The 'Finished' wheel part is complete with Alder wood veneer.
There are lots of great accessories for this wheel. In particular, Kromski developed a jumbo orifice bypass ring which screws onto the front of the wheel and allows you to spin chunkier yarns without needing to buy a more expensive jumbo flyer. It's such a great invention.
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