New to Me Tool: Strauch Motorized Finest Drum Carder
I’m quivering like a terrier as I write this. Sitting on my dining room table is a newly unboxed electric drum carder. Not just any carder a Strauch Finest, the one I’ve been lusting after for years.
Why am I not elbows deep in fiber with whisps flying all over the house? Because this is a tool that I want to last and to really know how to use before I jump in with my Soul Train line dance of woolen prepping excitement.
I am determined to go slowly ,to read the manual, and work building batts in steps, learning the ins and outs of this amazing machine.
Why did I pick this carder? A few reasons, first and foremost is word of mouth. I’ve only ever heard positive things about Strauch carders, how they
operate, how they age and customer service. I borrowed one and made a whole bunch of batts and it’s true, it performed without a hitch, even when I got fiber stuck or wrapped where it shouldn’t be. And a motorized carder, sigh, it just flows. There are a few other reasons I went with this carder.
The chain drive, I have a poly drive on my current carder and the chain is more durable, I find it smoother, and it doesn’t slip. The motor, I knew my next carder would be motorized. The brush attachment, I’ve doing this manually and I like having the bush attached and keeping my fiber tidy and evenly packed. I can’t wait to figure out more reasons to love this carder.
But now I’m going to go against my nature of ‘jumping in the deep end and figuring it out’ and learn all the hows and whys as I make fluffy batts. My aim is to make the fluffiest batts possible and to be able to explain batt spinning better from the batt’s point of view to my students in class.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com