I adore my Majacraft Suzie spinning wheel. I would marry her if I could! The only thing that I found difficult and that sometimes had me grinding my teeth (just like a real marriage!!) was the very tight, precise tension on the brake band. I found it almost impossible to adjust; spinning silk or alpaca longdraw was not a pleasant spin!
While lamenting this online one day, a Ravelry friend suggested substituting the tight spring with an elastic hair band. It works– perfectly! I’m so much happier with my tension, and peace reigns in the Susan/Suzie relationship.
Here’s what I did:
After cutting off the original Majacraft brake band tension spring, I tied the hairband elastic onto the end of the now-empty end of the brake band (the green cord). I can now loop the elastic onto the tension peg. I stuck my hand behind the brake band so that it might be easier to see:
I like the crossed configuration. I use it for spinning and for plying, although technically, I suppose the drag is incorrect for spinning!
Other tension modifications I like: I only loop my yarn through one loop of the flyer clip(instead of using both clip loops) and I then go through both hooks on the flyer before getting to the delta orifice. Works for me, and that’s what spinning is all about– making yarn!