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A $50 spinning wheel that makes spinning fiber into yarn easy. It is great for beginners or people who want a small spinning wheel.
A $50 spinning wheel that makes spinning fiber into yarn easy. It is great for beginners or people who want a small spinning wheel.
1,057 backers pledged $85,353 to help bring this project to life.

Getting Closer to Shipping

Posted by Maurice Ribble (Creator)
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I sent out a Kickstarter survey to all my backers a few days ago requesting a shipping address from everyone.  If you didn't get that email you can look in your email spam folder or just log into your Kickstarter account and fill out the survey there.

Since my last update all the parts have arrived so we started assembling the EEW Minis.  I personally assembled 10 of them to make sure everything was working well.  Then I helped my local assemblers to get up to speed.  They have both agreed this is a really nice design making the assemble quick and consistent.

One issue we have hit is that consistently assembling the bobbins has been more difficult than I expected.  I've tried three different assembly methods for them so far, but none have been perfect so we're going to continue experimenting with different assembly methods for the bobbins to try and perfect it.  Eventually, I'll figure out a way to quickly and consistently assemble the bobbins.  Until then I'll pay extra to more slowly assemble the bobbins so I can start shipping.

So far we have over 100 Minis assembled and about 150 bobbins.  Once I get more bobbins assembled I'll be able to ship the first batch.  I'm expecting that first shipment will be about 100 Minis and hopefully that will happen in the next week or two.

I have put together an EEW Mini getting started page.  Every Mini will ship with a small card that has the link to this website so there's no need to remember it.  However, it would be helpful if people could review the website and video on it.  Let me know if you have any ideas on how to make it better.

21 EEW Minis, but there are 2 layers per box so I store 42 per box
21 EEW Minis, but there are 2 layers per box so I store 42 per box

 

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      Betsy Wilson Sasnett on

      I received my EEW yesterday and immediately tried it out. I love it! It works so well and is so lightweight! Thank you!

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      Peggy Cross on

      #24 here again. Thank you, Maurice! I should have checked before I bothered you. The payment was made in late December. I look forward to receiving them! Spin on! ~Peggy

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      Laura Stream Wijkowski on

      I’m so excited!!! I can’t find my email that says what # I am but it was like 200 or 201, but I have all the other emails and sent in my shipping address, too. Ready to send in my 3-printing order at work to get a couple more bobbins, to get them put together, ready and waiting!!! Spin On 😇

    4. Maurice Ribble 5-time creator on

      Your credit card was billed in early January by Kickstarter. I never see those details, but basically what happens is KS collects money from everyone's credit cards automatically after the campaign ends. Then I get one lump payment into my bank account. If you hadn't been charged in January then you would have been removed from the list of supporters and you wouldn't have gotten the survey. So I think it's all good.

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      Peggy Cross on

      Hi Maurice,
      No, my shipping address is the same; it's my credit card information that has changed. So, I need to update that so that you can be paid and so that I can actually get the machines and bobbins that I pledged to purchase. Thanks again,
      Peggy

    6. Maurice Ribble 5-time creator on

      Peggy, you filled out the survey on Feb 25th so you're good to go. If you mean your shipping address has changed since Feb 25th I don't allow you to change that in Kickstarter since I don't want people changing the address as I'm shipping. If you need to change it you can contact me on this page: https://www.dreamingrobots.com/pages/contact-us

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      Peggy Cross on

      Hi Maurice, #24 here. I wrote on my response for your request for delivery information that my credit card information has changed but I haven't heard anything back from you or Kickstarter. Where can I go to change that information to update it? Thanks and I'm SO excited that you'll begin delivering soon! ~Peggy

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      Melanie Smith on

      Can hardly wait to try this little beauty out for a test spin :)
      Thanks~ Melanie

    9. Maurice Ribble 5-time creator on

      Hi Deb, you had already filled out the survey with your address on Feb 23rd. Maybe you forgot about that. Once have done it then the links to fill out the survey will go away.

      Here are some instructions on how to fill out the survey if you haven't already: https://www.youtube.com/watch…

      Or you can contact me on this page: https://www.dreamingrobots.com/pages/contact-us

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      DEBRA ROCK on

      DO NOT KNOW WHERE ELSE TO LEAVE ADDRESS!!!! DEB ROCK 32309 PEARL ST KIRKLAND, IL 60146 THANKS!

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      BJ Heeke on

      Sounds like you have everything well in hand! Every time I get an update I am impressed with your progress and it makes me happy to have helped funding in my own small way.Keep it up!

    12. Maurice Ribble 5-time creator on

      Glad that others are excited!! I'm certainly excited to get it in your hands and see how people like it.

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      Traligill on

      Backer #72 here trying not to burst with excitement here in the south Pacific! Well done Maurice and team. You're doing so well.

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      Linda Haimann Feldman on

      So excited to receive my Mini! ❤️

    15. Maurice Ribble 5-time creator on

      If you look there is a rubber band around the bottom of the Mini (it comes shipped with the rubber band already there). So you just stretch the band around whatever object you want to attach the mini to.

      I didn't even know there was a closed captioning text option. That's pretty awesome that google generates that! I know in theory the closed captioning could be cleaned up a lot more more by changing the timing and capitalization, but that would be a lot of work for me and I don't even know the standards for closed captioning. So I settled for just going through the video once and correcting the few dozen words the auto generated captions got wrong. I think this will make it more usable. Thanks for pointing this out. I love learning about new features like this.

      I think the tension band adjustment will be pretty clear when people get the Mini. There is just a slot in the side of the case and you pull a string through it. If people are confused after getting the Mini I will add a photo to the getting started page. The same here applies to the band. If people have trouble with the drive band I can try to clarify that. Unfortunately, youtube won't let me edit an existing video so I'd either need to upload a new one or add a new video.

      I left off plying to keep the video short, but I did add a link to another guide that explains plying. Plying is a lot easier than spinning because the yarn won't break so you basically just have to watch that the twist is coming out correct.

      I know I said later to several things here. The reason is I'd rather spend my time on things once I know they are affecting several people. Making a huge getting started guide that is so long most people won't watch it doesn't help either. There are people who spend hours explaining how to spin yarn on youtube or in paid courses. I'm kind of hoping when people get their Minis some will help the community by making their own guides. I would definitely share those to help them get more visibility and if people think someone else's guide is better that the one I made I can switch to using theirs. I really hope the EEW Mini helps make the EEW community even bigger and more helpful to new spinners. There is no way I can do everything and even if I try others will do a better job at some things. Hope that explains my philosophy about all this.

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      Gary on

      great update - glad to hear everything's coming along!

      a few comments on the video - how is the mini attached to the book? are you using a zip tie, or a rubber band, or....?

      there are a few points where the closed captioning is wrong. is there a way to fix that, for those who rely on closed captioning?

      is there a way to show more clearly how the tension band is adjusted? the person's hand is in the way and it isn't clear what's being done.

      replacing the drive band - all the action seems to happen on the inside of the wheel, which isn't visible in the video - can it be recorded from the other side, so that we can see what's being done?

      plying.... any plans to show how to do that (best place to put the bobbins, etc)?

      thanks so much for all the work that's gone into this - i'm very excited to get my mini!