Prepared fiber comes up from the barrels, over the top and into the spinner, which can handle up to 8 separate ‘feeds’ at once. The controls can be finely tuned to produce the precise size or grist of yarn with the correct amount of twist for its intended use. The real action happens at the ‘drafting triangle’ as the fiber passes through the white rollers.
While some of the previous machines seem to work at a deliberate pace, the spinner works at blurring speed as it winds spun yarn onto the bobbins!
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In one picture here, you can see John at the next task – plying – just beyond the spinner.