Do you ever have those times where you know you're supposed to do something, you know it's supposed to be fairly easy, yet you don't really know what you're supposed to do? Well, oiling the flyer on my spinning wheel was one such thing for me. I knew I was supposed to keep the thing lubricated, but I wasn't really at all sure where to put the oil or how often. I was also confused when I read that I should oil every hour of spinning. Should I deconstruct my flyer just to oil it every hour or was there a way to oil with the bobbin on and the spinning uninterrupted? I did my homework and thought I'd share with you how to oil your flyer and keep your spinning wheel happy.
The first and most important thing for you to do is to read your manual. If you have a modern spinning wheel from a prominent company, there are manuals available online. If your spinning wheel is an antique or perhaps not from a larger manufacturer, proceed with caution and perhaps try and find literature on how to maintain such wheels. For example, I have a Schacht Ladybug wheel. The manual explicitly states that the wheel hub should not be oiled. Had I not read that, I would have naturally assumed the wheel would be one of those places that should be oiled often. I would have been very wrong.
Go ahead and slide your bobbin on over your oiled flyer and assemble your Mother of All as you would any other time you change bobbins. Make sure your hands are clean before you start handling your fluff, though!