When my wheel arrived on my doorstep a few years ago (from The Woolery, if you're wondering), there was minimal set-up and I was up and spinning! The standard wheel comes with a regular flyer assembly, 3 bobbins, a fast whorl and a medium whorl, and a threading hook. It features Scotch tension and double drive options.
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It has built-in handles in a couple of different locations, for "easy travel," although I personally don't see myself taking my Ladybug outside of the house. According to the Schacht website, the wheel itself weighs 13.5 pounds, which is certainly on the lighter end of the spectrum, but I still feel like the size and weight preclude it from being considered a "travel" wheel for me personally. I really can't see myself schlepping it on the bus or train, but if I had a car, this would probably be a different conversation right now!
I have been able to spin pretty much any type of yarn or fiber I've wanted to on this wheel; admittedly, I tend to only want to spin thin singles (not laceweight thin, more like sock weight thin) to ply into a worsted or bulky 2- or 3-ply yarn. I haven't explored too far outside of those realms just yet, but I've seen a lot of spinners on Instagram and elsewhere who have been able to spin some very interesting yarns on their Ladybugs, so I feel comfortable saying that it's a pretty versatile little wheel for the price.
|Add-on: Bulky Flyer Package.|
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One more separate accessory that I don't have is the Tensioned Lazy Kate which actually attaches to the wheel. It's certainly affordable ($39 at the Woolery), but I find myself wondering how user-friendly it is since I prefer to position my lazy kate to the right of my wheel, just behind where I'm sitting. I think getting used to a totally different position would throw me off, and I also wonder if chain plying would even be possible. If anyone has this add-on for their Ladybug wheel, I would really love to hear your thoughts!
You might like to know: I wrote this review at the request of one of my readers who wanted to know more about my spinning wheels; I have no affiliations with Schacht, thought I do have a working relationship with the Woolery.