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ChiaoGoo Amish Design Wooden Yarn Swift
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitChange
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66 of 67 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2010
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
I needed a swift that was small, or could fold up to fit in a small area. This of course fit the bill. What worried me was, would it work well being this small. I was afraid it would slip on the table. As soon as it got to me, I had it out of the box and was winding up a 450+ yard hank of yarn. It worked perfectly. I'm extremely happy with this product.
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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
on December 4, 2010
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
I accidently ordered this swift by pressing the wrong button. So I thought I would go ahead and see how this worked anyway. And I love it!!!!! I can take it apart and put it away easily. No big umbrella clamp to attach to my dining table. I also like to hand-wind my yarn into a ball so I can get to know the yarn and any problems there maybe. I don't have to use a ball winder with this. I can use it anywhere in the house. This is well-made and can be used for many different sizes of hanks. You'll love this.
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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on August 4, 2010
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I was truly suprized on the quality of this swift,being so inexspensive.It is very well made , asembly is easy,spins freely,breaks down ,so it can be stored in a small space.Just what I needed!Love it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2010
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I had just ruined a huge skein of lace weight yarn trying to wind it without a swift.

When this item arrived, I tested it immediately. It is easy to snap together, it is easy to use, and it works.

I would recommend this swift because it is well made, costs less than an umbrella swift and does the job.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on July 28, 2010
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
Product was easy to assemble and worked as it was designed to. Made winding a ball of yarn very easy.Amish-Design Wooden Yarn Swift
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2011
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This is the first yarn swift I have ever used, but I chose this one because it looked simple enough and the price was reasonable. I honestly was unimpressed when I first opened the packaging. When I started using it though, I was really pleased. It's very very easy to use, and holds a lot of yarn. The pegs are great for adjusting the size of the hank. It spins very smoothly, yet there's just enough friction in the center spindle so it does not unwind itself when there's no tension on it. I'm working on unraveling an old sweater for the yarn, and when I pause the swift to pull some yarn out of the stitching, the swift arms stay put. I have not tried pulling yarn from it to wind onto a ball winder yet - that's next on my list of things to learn. My husband likes the fact the swift disassembles and fits into my yarn box - keeps things neat. I would definitely recommend it, and would purchase another one.
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36 of 40 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon December 2, 2011
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
I got this swift so that I could wind hanks into balls and also to unwind balls of yarn into hanks for dyeing. It was one of the most inexpensive swifts I'd heard of at the time, and ChiaoGoo has an excellent reputation, so I bought it! (The price has jumped up to double what it was, so if the swift itself is the same, I absolutely cannot recommend this swift anymore. You can do better at this price.)

It's a fine economy swift, but it does have a few shortcomings:

It only easily holds skeins up to 62" around. I did know this ahead of time, but I thought it would only be an issue for people who wound their own yarn into giant hanks. I didn't realize that a lot of popular yarns come in skeins that are bigger than that. Pretty disappointing.

The dowels in the kit are slightly bigger than the (slightly raggedy) holes for the dowels, so they require brute force to put together, and the swift can't spin easily because the fit is so tight. The balls of yarn I've wound with it are very tight (that's bad) because the swift pulls so hard on the yarn. I rubbed a candle on all of the friction points, and that did help, but not enough! I'm going to put a stack of washers on the center dowel under the cross-arms. If I can find the right part, I am going to replace the center dowel with a metal bar. The handmade swifts I've seen use that design. It seems more durable, and slicker.

(HACKING UPDATE: The swift is designed with approximately 9mm dowels and holes. That is about 23/64". Good luck finding ready-made spare parts! I gave up. I sanded the center dowel and put two nylon washers on it, under the arms and on top of the base. It spins fine now but it's still too small.)

There are other swifts that are larger and better-made for about the same price, but I only found out about them after I bought this one. So with that knowledge, I wouldn't buy this one again if I could do it over. But it does the job, sets up easily and collapses into almost nothing for storage, so I'm mostly happy anyway.

FURTHER UPDATE:
The swift has loosened up and the crossbars don't fit tightly together anymore. I think this is from pushing the swift around to make skeins, but I'm not sure. Sad. I really haven't used it all that much. Also one of the dowels won't stay in properly, and as I mentioned, they're hard to replace.

LAST UPDATE (I HOPE):
I moved, and lost parts of the swift. I lost one dowel and one of my nylon washers. I got new washers and a new 4' dowel a little bigger in diameter than the swift holes. I cut it into five 9" pieces (one of them broke while I was sawing), and sanded the ends, then sanded the sides on one end of each, so it would fit into the holes on the swift. It took a really long time. (Use brand-name sandpaper--the sand just brushes off of the cheap stuff.) It might be better to buy a smaller dowel and wrap the ends in something to bulk them up to the right size. Anyway, having much taller dowels means that the yarn doesn't have to go on as precisely, which is good if you're winding yarn onto or off of something higher up than the swift. I have had to unwind a lot of yarn because the swift and winder weren't level, and the yarn just skipped right over the top of the dowels.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2010
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
I am throughly satisfied with this swift. It is easy to use, easy and quick to put together or take apart,easy to store, and works well.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on July 9, 2011
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
The yarn I prefer comes in hanks rather than balls, and therefore really need a swift. This one is perfect! Clean, simple, elegant design. Comes apart in moments if required and may be stored flat. No gears, connections, clamps, etc to break, just solid wood in a table top design with small pads to protect surface used. Completely skein-size adjustable - simply move the vertical pegs. Smooth finish, no rough edges to catch yarn.

This item is a definite PERFECT ITEM for any knitter, crafter, etc who uses skeins of yarn. You cannot go wrong with this item.

BTW: I've been knitting for 30 years and this is the best swift I've ever purchased.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 7, 2012
Color Name: Tabletop-UnitVerified Purchase
Wanted a yarn swift of this style for very long time. A friend of mine had a expensive hand-made version so I knew how well this style worked. However, (for me) the hand-made price was too high. Then I saw this one and it was in my price range. Before I made my purchase, I contacted both the seller & manufacture to find out the size of skiens it holds. Both returned my inquiry; however, the seller did not know, but the manufacturer was wonderful and provided the information (33" - 62"). So I purchased this and I'm well pleased. The pegs are a tight fit but I'd rather have that than them falling out while spinning. I use a rubber jar lid opener to pull them out for easier adjusting. I would recommend this to anyone who purchases yarn's not already in a pull skein. I kept the box it came in to store all the pieces. If you purchase this enjoy.
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