Ok, before we go on...we need to discuss this! I know it's idiotic to try and apply logic to cartoons...I know this,... I do. After all there are usually talking animals and some sort of magic woman turning pumpkins into carriages or fairy's making dresses out of thin air...but this is important!
Now that I know a bit more about spinning wheels, to be honest I have no idea what Disney was talking about. Granted, there are types of spinning wheels with tapered spindles similar to a drop spindle, but you'd be hard pressed to draw blood. I could see maybe a sewing machine, "When the sunsets on her sixteenth birthday the princess will run her finger over with a Sears Singer using the zig zag application stitch and sleep until true loves kiss" Ok, ok so it doesn't have the same ring...but you'd have a hard time drawing blood from any part of a spinning wheel.
Ok, I feel better having that behind us.
When I got my wheel, it was all a bit intimidating. So I'd like to start out describing the different parts and what their basic function is. For those of you who are looking to purchase a spinning wheel, or who might be starting out, hopefully this info will help a bit.
The tension cord runs down the length of the working bobbin then loops over the bobbin's end and attaches to a spring (not shown) on the other side. This is the brake band.