Hand Carder Question

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wovendreams wrote
on Dec 27, 2012 12:18 AM

Hello all,

I was given a new pair of ashford hand cards a few months back, and I've finally found the time to use them. But before I do, I have a question about 'dressing' them. I can't recall at the moment where it was I ran across this, but I do remember hearing somewhere that using some fine sandpaper on the teeth of hand cards (to put a bit more of a point on them, I believe) before you first use them is advisable. So, should I 'dress' them in this manner?

I would love to hear what people think about this.



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BGMeyer wrote
on Jan 11, 2013 10:06 AM

Before you do, maybe you should check with Ashford. If you are supposed to "dress" them then let us ALL know, but I think you could also ruin them by creating burrs that will catch and tear your wool. I have old Clemes carders and I never dressed mine and they work fine.


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