Hey folks, Abby here, to answer a few questions that have come up. If you don’t see your question here, please leave us a comment asking it, and we’ll answer it and add it to this document.
Can you fit a bobbin in the case without having to take off the ends?
You sure can — but if you’re putting full bobbins in, you will probably have a hard time fitting both the battery charger and the power supply. I like to take two collapsible bobbins, 2 flyers, both charger and power supply, all packed in there tidily on the way out; but on the way back, sometimes I’ll end up tossing the battery charger or a full bobbin into another bag, largely because I tend to be less tidy and meticulous packing up at the end of an event than I am packing to head out to one. Initially, I was carrying around Majacraft bobbins, which are not collapsible, and I could get 2 full or 3 empty in there with the power supply.
What are the exterior dimensions?
The Device is built around a Pelican 1400 case, which Chad initially chose because he had a battered old one laying around, although we experimented with a few other case options. This one turned out to be the smallest one we could pack with all the hardware. It also fits handily under the seat in front of you on an airplane, as well as in the overhead compartment of even small commercial aircraft — and easily inside my small rollaboard suitcase. What’s more, this case has a comfortable handle for carrying, can be padlocked, and the lock locations can be used to attach a shoulder strap.
The Device is this same size — 13.37″ x 11.62″ x 6.00″ (34 x 29.5 x 15.2 cm) — except it has feet, so it’s 7″ tall or (17.78 cm).
Is the Device waterproof?
The Pelican 1400 case is impressively airtight and watertight, and floats with up to 20 pounds in it, so it does beg this question, doesn’t it? Since the case is drilled to mount the toolhead and scotch tension assembly, we can’t promise you it is watertight and floats in all the same conditions the Pelican 1400 normally does, and I admit I haven’t had the gumption to throw mine in the bathtub yet to see what happens. Yet.
What can you tell me about flying with this thing?
By itself, the Device fits under the seat in front of you with ease, and also in the overhead compartment even on the smallest commercial flights. I have personally carried mine on Embraer and Bombardier regional jets and turboprops, generally the tightest onboard storage conditions, with no problems.
I’ve flown with mine (several versions) on too many USA flights to count. I also took it to Germany, via Heathrow, which gave me the opportunity to have it inspected in several security scenarios including coming back to the USA. All in all, I got less hassle and strange scrutiny for traveling with my Device than for flying with a conventional treadle-powered spinning wheel. One of our testers did have a TSA agent rip out the foam and detach wiring while searching it aggressively — after which we modified the placement of a few things to reduce this risk, and completely reworked core systems so as not to require counterweighting for best performance.
I like to put my Device in the 18″ rollaboard suitcase I gate check on small planes, and carry on on larger ones — because I also always have to be sure I have what I need to get started working if my checked bag doesn’t make it, so I have to take that bag anyway and I might as well put the Device in there. If I leave it in that bag for the TSA line, they’ll usually ask to open my bag and ask me what the object is, and I tell them it’s an electric spinning wheel for making yarn by hand, they say “Huh, ok,” and that’s that. Well, okay, actually at my home airport, they’re used to me so they pretty much just chuckle. I’ve learned some fascinating things from TSA folks — like, did you know lots of people travel with their own toilet seat? I didn’t, until a TSA agent thought that’s what my folding spinning wheel was based on the x-ray. Anyway, I also always leave some fiber inside the Device in case they ask me to demonstrate how it works — which is easier than ever with the onboard batteries, but I’ve never been asked to demo it even once. Honestly, it’s probably too strange an object to seem suspicious, because it’s unlikely anyone would want to smuggle anything in an unidentifiable object that says “Questionable Origin” on it.
Is there a Jazzturtle disco lights option?
The 1.0 release does not feature disco lights, but it’s an option we’ll reserve for the future and for custom builds. For now, only a limited number of beta units have the disco light package and we’re still not sure what the option would cost. But we did think our tester and upcoming early dealer Esther Rodgers needed disco lights. Actually we thought she also needed a fog machine, but we couldn’t figure out how to fit that in there. Yet.
Will you do layaway?
Right now, we expect to leave that question to our dealers, and anticipate that some will offer layaway options on our Device as they do on other equipment.