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Inventors The Spinning Wheel

Saxony Spinning WheelSpinning Wheel
The spinning wheel is an ancient machine that turned fibers into thread or yarn, which were then woven into cloth on a loom. The spinning wheel was probably invented in India, though its origins are obscure.

Photographer Margaret Bourke-White's famous photograph of Mahatma Gandhi in front of his spinning wheel.

The Parts of a Spinning Wheel
Frequently Asked Questions about Spinning Wheels
Build your own Spinning Wheel

Distaff Spinning WheelMechanical Loom
Left: Distaff Spinning Wheel
Right: Mechanical Loom

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