We make and sell the HansenCrafts miniSpinnertm, a rather nice
little electric spinning wheel, or e-spinner. This is a
tigerwood miniSpinnertm with a WooLee Winder (on the left), some
optional accessories in the middle, and a maple miniSpinnertm with a
HansenCrafts manual flyer on the right..
Why would you want a miniSpinnertm?
Isn't it cheating?
Why is it cheating? Itís OK not to
treadle! Remember, your craft is called ďhandspinning,Ē
not ďfootspinningĒ. Itís the 21st century! We have
electricity! You use power tools for just about everything
else in your life. Do you ride a horse to work? A
miniSpinner is a modern, superior tool for handspinners.
Ergonomics: With a miniSpinner, you donít
have to sit in a fixed position as you would with a treadle
You donít risk repetitive stress injury of your
feet, knees, and ankles by treadling.
You are able to move to find the most comfortable
position to spin on your miniSpinner. You can stand, or even
recline, to spin!
Make Better Quality Yarn: miniSpinners
maintain a nearly constant speed (determined by you), unlike treadle
wheels which vary as you apply power impulses by treadling.
A miniSpinnerís more uniform speed, along with our
soft-start and soft-stop features, presents a uniquely smooth
spinning experience which experienced spinners often notice and
comment about. This helps you create a more consistent rate of
twist in your fiber.
Furthermore, because your brain isnít distracted
by the need to treadle, you can focus entirely on drafting your
fiber, which improves your diameter control.
Beginners: Just getting started?
Youíll progress far more rapidly when you can focus entirely on
drafting fiber, undistracted by treadling, starting in the right
direction, ratios, and other stuff required to operate a traditional
Physical issues? miniSpinners are ideal
if you have physical difficulties. If you have issues with treadling,
a miniSpinner will make spinning possibleóand enjoyable.
Portability and Travel: Traveling with
a miniSpinner is a breeze. You can easily bring your miniSpinner to
a friendís house, a spinning event, or a class.
Because it requires so little power, a miniSpinner
will run all day on a small rechargeable battery; you donít need
to be near an electrical outlet. You can easily bring it along in
your carry-on bag or in its own tote bag.
Use your miniSpinner in a car, RV, or boat (a 12
volt cord is included). Some people even spin (in economy class!) on
Limited space: We live in smaller
spaces than people did in the past. Your miniSpinner can live on a
bookshelf when not in use, completely out of the way, but readily
A miniSpinner weighs about four pounds and
will fit into a medium sized shoebox.
The HansenCrafts miniSpinner is the lightest,
compact, technically advanced e-spinner that is commercially available
today. It's also quiet, attractive, and a very capable
Oh, yeah. The spinners who have a miniSpinner