This is my wheel Suzie-Q, she has a squeaking problem.
To be frank, she has a naughty squeaking problem. When I treadle her she sounds likeÂ honeymooners going at it on an antique iron bed. Funny at first, but it quickly gets annoying.
I love this wheel. I love to make singles and ply on her. She fantastic for big air or textured yarn. She’s heavy and sexy and spins forever. She got so noisy I almost quit using her altogether.
For a while, I thought she just needed oil or that it had something to do with how the treadles were attached in the back.
See the green bits? I call them rubber baby treadle bumpers. I thought they were the cause of the squeak and dusted them with cornstarch. Still squeaking, and probably laughing at me.
I took Suzie-Q to First Saturday Spinning at The Spinning Loft. She started doing her thing, everybody laughed, except Nora. She has a Majacraft Rose.Â She said, “I know what’s wrong and how to fix it. One or more of the treadle screw holes is stripped”.
She was right. I never would have guessed it.
She fixed hers using wood filler to make the screw holes tighter. I used toothpicks and glue. I didn’t want to use bigger screws because I was afraid of splitting the wood.
I figured out that the squeak was coming somewhere in the left front.
I unscrewed and rescrewed the screws to determine which hole was stripped.
The center screw in the right set of hinges wouldn’t tighten completely, bingo. To be thorough, I decided to tighten up all three holes in the set.
I used a wooden toothpick in each screw hole to give the screw something to bite into.
I coated each toothpick with Gorilla Glue and tapped it into the screw hole as far as it would go.
I let it dry, broke off the toothpick and lightly sanded the holes level. IÂ cleaned and oiled the hinge and screwed it back into place, tightly.
I sat right down and spun. No squeak.
I have my Suzie-Q back in regular spinning rotation and she’s as sexy and swampy as the song she’s named for.