It arrives in the typical Louet Box although quite a bit smaller and lighter. Upon opening the box all I saw was a bag that looked half empty. I set it on the floor and opened it up…
I unbuckled one belt that held her in. There is a button lever at the base that allows you to lift up the upright.
Unbuckle one more belt and the Victoria is free! Did you notice all the room in the bag. I had one full bobbin and another ounces of fiber tucked in there. If I packed it all in I believe I could pack in 2 pounds of fiber. Of course, I’m good at stuffing fiber in hiding places.
I like the Victoria. Overall I have to give her a thumbs up. I do have problems with her so don’t think it’s all sunshine and roses.
A wheel needs to be seen for what it’s meant for. This is a great traveling wheel. A perfect second wheel, or it could be an only wheel for someone who has little space or is on the go a lot. I have the space for a larger wheel so I can tell you right off the batt that I prefer that. I prefer the versaitility of the full size Louets. However, I like the idea that I can travel to show and have Victoria to spin on. I could go on a vacation and take Vic as a carryon. I don’t like to bring my full size wheel with me but Victoria is small enough that it would work well.
Victoria spins well. I spun 2 ounces of a thin single and Navajo plied it to a worsted weight yarn. She is geared high. This is not a wheel that I would find easy to make a bulky weight or a novelty yarn. With a small 3 ounce bobbin (which is always a peeve of mine) you wouldn’t get much bulky on there anyway.
The drive is flyer driven with a brake on the bobbin. This is a set up that I’m not used to. It took a bit to get used to and I can say that I prefer the flyer driven. Ok, over all I prefer double drive but if I can’t have that I prefer bobbin driven wheels. I think this is just a personal preference issue. Once I was used to the little differences and had the brake band adjusted properly, I was ok with it and made some nice even yarn.
I was able to sit in my usual spining spot on the couch. This is a plus, I like my spot. I figured with the difference in size I wouldn’t be able to do this. Husbeast’s comment upon seeing Victoria was “this one hasn’t grown up yet”. Next to my S51DT, it does look like the toddler version. Don’t get me wrong, that’s only it’s look. It’s not rinky dinky. The base is balanced well and I think it really is a stable well thought out wheel.
The treadle is just slightly larger than my foot:
This is not a problem for me. I don’t mind if my foot doesn’t quite fit a treadle but I figured it was worth mentioning because I know it can be a peeve of others.
The flyer is different
I thought at first it was something unique to the Victoria. I set up another wheel yesterday and the flyers have all changed. I’ll be getting in some new flyers because I adore this new type of hook. They are fantastic. They slide up and down. There is a stop at the end but if you turn it just right, it does come off. I’ll carry more of these too. I can see myself losing them.
In the picture you can also see the little leather handle. I carried this baby all over the place. The handle is comfy to carry it by and the wheel is just plain light.
Back to the bag. The bag has handles, a carry strap or a back pack. there is a front zipper pocket and the back zips to hide the backpack straps. The bag was made as well as the wheel. They really did take into mind what you might need.
I welcome anyone that has comments about the wheel to add them. Or if you have questions that you want answered about it. I’d be happy to answer them. I’m hoping to take a chance to review a bunch of wheels like this. Almost all wheels have strengths and flaws. Knowing what they are will help everyone make a good decision about what to get. I know there are many people that can’t try a wheel before buying.