I’ve had my miniSpinner (mS for short!) for several months now, and I’ve gotten to use it some in that time (I’ll fully admit that I don’t spin anywhere near as much as I should), and I have to say, it is a completely wonderful little device!

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I definitely spin better with it — I’m getting a bit thinner in my singles, which is what I want, and I am much more consistent. It’s also a complete treat to use — I don’t have to treadle, and with the Woolee Winder, I don’t have to fuss with hooks or sliders or anything like that.  I can just lean back, and draft away!


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I use my mS in “deadman mode”, where the pedal functions as an on/off switch.  This takes some time to get used to, but I think I prefer it this way.  It is an adjustment to get used to not having a variable speed, or having direct control over speed — you just have a knob to adjust it.  You turn it on, and it whirs up, and spins away.

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The mS has allowed me to get more spinning done that what I would have, otherwise.  I can set it up on a hard book or a lap desk in bed and use it, since it’s such a small little thing, and I don’t have to sit it on the floor, or even sit mostly upright to use it.  And since I don’t have to pay attention to hooks/sliders, I can watch TV and spin much easier, which also allows me to get more done.

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I also love the huge bobbins that came with the Woolee Winder.  They could easily fit 8oz.  The Woolee Winder was a little expensive, and the bobbins are a little expensive, but totally worth it!

All-in-all, it’s a FANTASTIC little wheel.  If anyone out there is considering one, and you don’t think you will have aversions to using electric, or not being able to treadle, get it!  You wont regret it!  Had I known these existed before I purchased my Ladybug, I would not have purchased it and bought the mS instead!

And for any folks looking for a lazy kate to pair with their Woolee Winder, I purchased an Ogle Kate.  It’s small, compact, and will fit easily into any bag that will hold the miniSpinner.

As far as batteries go… If you plan to do any travel, or take it to guilds or spin ins, they are totally worth it too!  I even use mine at home instead of using the power cable, since it allows me to easily move things around, and keeps me from tripping over the cable, or the dogs/cats from getting caught it in it, etc.  You know how critters can be!  I have an Ankler Astro Pro 2.

If anyone has any questions, feel free to leave a comment and ask.  I’ll be happy to answer them as best I can.

Part 1 of this review can be found here.


All views expressed here are solely my own opinion.  I was not compensated in any way for this review, and have not received any benefit from writing this review.

4 comments on “HansenCrafts miniSpinner Review – Part 2: The Wheel”

    • Oh gosh, I only spin for a couple hours at a time, so I really don’t know! I’d guess probably 5 or 6 hours? I’d try asking in the Hansen Crafts group on Ravelry and see if anyone there knows.

  1. this is very helpful. Thank you! I want to purchase a Hansen miniSpinner and I don’t know if I should get the lace flyer, the Woolee winder, or both. I like spinning fine yarns – I’m just a beginner, spinning on a drop spindle, but I love to knit with finer yarns (sport, fingering) and so I thought the lace flyer would be a better choice. On the other hand, it might be limiting in terms of plying because of the bobbin capacity, and I like the sliding feature of the Woolee winder. I could get both flyers, but not sure if that’s necessary. I would appreciate your advice 🙂

    • Your questions didn’t hit my email until today and you have probably already decided what to do. I hope you got both the Woolee Winder and the Lace flyer for the Hansen. Sounds like they will both fit your needs. I have been using the Hansen with the wool Winder for several years now and would not give them up for anything. Great Tools! I don’t spin “spider hair”, but I have not had the need to use a lace flyer on any of my spinning wheels, but I can spin just about anything on any of them. Glad to see you have joined the family of spinners, keep up the twist ……

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