I LOVE my Blackbird! Obviously you can see for yourself how sleek and sophisticated it looks, so I want to tell you about the rest. It’s clear from the beginning that this spinner was well thought out and executed with a level of precision and attention to detail that isn’t often seen. It’s similar in size to other spinners on the market, but has fantastic bobbin capacity compared to its footprint. It’s also amazingly lightweight, while also being sturdy and “solid”-feeling. I have a lot of back and joint issues, and can easily carry the spinner and all its accessories (plus fiber, of course) without making myself sore.
The spinning is smooth and consistent – the marked speed dial makes it super easy to adjust gradually and precisely, the sliding guides allow you to fill the bobbins evenly, and the foot pedal gives a handy start/stop without having to adjust the speed or reach the power button on the spinner itself. The Blackbird is capable of spinning a very wide range of yarn types, from beehives to lock-spun yarns and super-bulky to lace weight. So far the thinnest singles I’ve had on it are 40wpi, but that’s only with the speed set at around a 7 on the larger whorl – it could easily handle 80wpi singles for me if I adjust to the small whorl.
In my opinion, this spinner has just one weakness. In order to change bobbins, the brake tension has to be loosened in order for the knob to be pulled out and the flyer removed. It would be nice to not have to re-adjust the brake tension when changing bobbins, but it’s definitely a small inconvenience and pales in comparison to all the perks.
I am really enjoying spinning on the Starling. The design is very sleek, and the color options make it so much fun. The detail-oriented execution makes it near-perfect – with rubber dampeners around the motor to make it the quietest e-spinner I’ve seen, a swiveling maiden for super easy bobbin changes, and a very easily adjusted scotch tension mechanism, you won’t be searching for perks. It’s smaller in size compared to other spinners on the market, but has fantastic bobbin capacity compared to its footprint. It’s also solid but very lightweight, which gives it maximum portability.
The Starling makes smooth and consistent yarns with ease – the speed dial is super easy to adjust gradually and precisely, the sliding guides allow you to fill the bobbins evenly, and the direction switch allows you to click it on and off easily without adjusting the speed. The power port is tucked conveniently out of the way, allowing unimpaired access to the necessary buttons and knobs on the front of the spinner. Without a foot pedal, you do have to keep the spinner itself easily in arm’s reach, but this has not been an issue for me. I often spin on my recliner sofa with the spinner on the footrest, but this device is so light and easy to move around that I just set it on my legs instead. It’s a lot lighter than the cat that’s usually on my lap – I barely notice it’s there.
The Starling is capable of spinning a very wide range of yarn types, from beehives to lock-spun yarns and super-bulky to lace weight. So far the thinnest singles I’ve had on it are 40wpi, but I am nowhere near maxing out the RPMs on this baby – spin as thin as you want, it will keep up!