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Made from carbon fiber and 3D printed ABS plastic, the Sparrow is a light Scotch or Irish tensioned electric spinning wheel that is optimized for finer weights and higher speeds. Capable of over 2,000 rpm, yet Sparrow is just as comfortable walking and jogging from 300-900 rpm.  Swap from Scotch to Irish quickly, when your project needs the extra take up that Irish offers... or use Scotch to keep tension low for the finest yarns. Its petite size is perfect for travel.



Our design aspects are focused around low noise, high performance, light action, and smart ergonomics. The bobbin can be changed very quickly without removing the flyer or drive band because of the pivoting maiden. Take up can be very light because of features like aerodynamic coupling – the flyer channels air into the bobbin to help keep it better synchronized to the flyer. This makes Sparrow capable of high speed, light take up jobs like 200-300 wraps per inch achievable. As of July 2021, bobbins are now outfitted with aluminum brake drums as standard equipment, so you never need to worry about overheating or wearing out your tension system. 


As is our standard, each and every component of this wheel was chosen for its quiet operation and endurance. Wear components, including the motor and maiden bearing, are designed to be user-replaceable. Features common to all Daedalus wheels include a hardened tool-steel axle, precision bearings, and a high-quality, ball-bearing, whisper-quiet motor.




As with all Daedalus e-spinner models, the Sparrow is compatible for use with both the Daedalus Speed Controller and the Magpie Speed Controller. The only difference between the two controllers is the housing. You can adjust the speed at 1% increments as well as program custom slow-start and slow-stop delay times, for fine-tuning that high-speed project with gentle startup and zero-backlash stops. The Sparrow is offered for purchase without the Speed Controller, in case you already own one of our e-spinners. If you do not have one, you must purchase the Speed Controller (available separately from the wheel itself. Please see prices, below).


*Sparrow (without the speed controller) - $500

Speed Controller (required to operate) - $125

Sparrow Bobbin 3 pack (black only) - $90

Motor Extension Cable 3 FT or 6 FT - $23-25

*Sparrow price includes 3 all-black bobbins.

What’s Included with Sparrow

  • *Sparrow

  • 3 bobbins with aluminum brake drums

  • orifice hook

  • Spares Kit (1 rear bearing, 1 rubber grommet, 1 cinch, 1 spring, and rat tail tension cord)

  • 15V DC Power Supply

  • Manual

*Speed Controller is required but must be purchased separately if you do not already have one for a Daedalus E-Spinner. Speed Controllers are $125.


Materials: Carbon Fiber and 3D printed ABS plastic

Dimension: 8" L x 6" W x 7" H (20x15x18 cm)

Weight: 1.5 lbs (650g)

Tension: Scotch or Irish

Orifice: 6mm
Bobbin: 5+ oz Capacity of 30 WPI singles

Speed: 240-2,040 RPM (Rotations Per Minute)

Power Requirements: 15V
Speed Controller: Uses either the Daedalus Speed Controller or Magpie Speed Controller.



The above stats were recorded from Rebecca Giles's Sparrow, Una with a Aluminum Drum bobbin. The RPM (rotations per minute) can vary slightly from one wheel to the next, so please use this as a general guideline. The 2 Speed Sparrow has a pinion with two grooves. The small groove is Low Speed and the large groove is High Speed.

Sparrow: Products


Sparrows are sold in ready-made batches in a shop update format. Due to extremely high demand a queue is not possible, as it would bog down production of the other models as well. We highly recommend familiarizing yourself with our shop. The Sparrows will appear under a listing that will only be available on the Sparrow collection page. To access this page, simply click this link.

You'll want to ensure that you add any additional items you'd like to purchase to your cart before the shop update. This could include things like a Speed Controller, which is required to operate our wheels. If you already have one of our wheels, you don't need to purchase another controller. You can also add a battery pack and an extra packs of bobbins.

For the fastest checkout, you'll want to ensure that you are logged into your PayPal account in advance on the device you’ll be using, so you'll be all ready to go. Anything you can do or prepare in advance to help  you get through checkout as quickly as possible will improve your chances of scoring a wheel.

Sparrows are in high demand so they do sell quickly, but we encourage everyone who would like a Sparrow to try to buy one, and if you don't succeed in this batch, don't worry as there will be more batches in the future.

Teal and Lime Sparrow
Teal and Lime Sparrow
Left Tension Hook
Right Tension Dial
Removing the bobbin from a Sparrow
Removing the bobbin from a Sparrow
Switching from Scotch to Irish Tension
Switching from Scotch to Irish Tension
Switching from Scotch to Irish Tension
Sparrow in Irish Tension
Irish Tension Driveband Alignment
Teal and Black Sparrow
Teal and Black Sparrow
Teal and Black Sparrow
Left Tension Hook
Right Tension Dial
Removing the bobbin from a Sparrow
Removing the bobbin from a Sparrow
Sparrow in Irish Tension
Daedalus Speed Controller
Daedalus Speed Controller
Teal and Lime Sparrow and Light Blue and Black Starling V3
Sparrow, Starling V3, and Magpie.
Tweety the Sparrow spinning cotton
Cotton vs Wool
Cotton vs Wool
Cotton singles spun on Sparrow
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Sparrow: Photo Gallery
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