Stanwood Needlecraft Large Metal Yarn/Fiber/Wool/String Ball Winder, 10-Ounce
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- Makes Center-pull Balls
- Heavy duty construction
- 10 oz. capacity
- Please refer the User Manual below Product Description
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For sale is a jumbo size metal ball winder. This super high quality winder is built to withstand heavy use. In comparison to competitors' models, our model has the following advantages: (1) We use special nylon material for cogwheels. They are super strong but make much less noise than the metal cogwheels; (2) Our model does not require tools to assemble; (3) Our frame is painted by electrostatic painting so the paint won't come off; 4) The edges of this machine are super smooth. It won't leave any marks on your table. This winder can handle about 10 oz. of yarn, which is 2.5 times of what our smaller winder does. It can be clamped onto a table up to 2 1/8" thick. It is best to be used with a swift yarn winder (Umbrella or Amish style, both available under Stanwood Needlecraft brand names). But you can easily replace a swift with other devices or just simply your arms. Customer Service Team/Quality Assurance Team/Technical Assistance Team 1-310-962-9184
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Then I saw this one. Almost universal love for this thing? How could it be? It wasn't a Royal! It looks so...so...INDUSTRIAL.
The deciding factor was this one could make much larger cakes. Not that I need to, but it would be nice to have the option of winding a really big cake 'o yarn. So, the wife and I, after much soul-searching, decided to take the plunge.
I knew from the pictures that it is not a cute little winder. But, when I took it out of the box, I was not prepared for the seriousness of this piece of machinery. This is a real beast! It is not heavy, but it is solid! After the apocalypse, the only things left on earth are going to be roaches, leftover Twinkies and this thing! I tightened it down to the table and felt like I needed to put on safety glasses, a hard hat and steel-toed boots. I was in my LYS recently and they wound a hank for me. I watched as they used their Royal and it just looked like a toy to me now.
This one does have a much different winding procedure than the Royal. It has an arm that rotates around the 'core'. You end up with a nice, smooth cake that is a bit larger than what the Royal produces. I could not be happier with the results.
Two bits of advice on its use:
1) You need to be sure there is no real tension between the skein/swift and the arm where the winder. I think the revolving motion can cause the tension to increase. For me, it's a matter of pulling the yarn free as it winds. My wife and I make it a 2-person operation just because we can. If we had a swift I don't think this would be an issue. (We have only wound from skeins at this point. Until we acquire a swift we have the LYS wind any hanks we buy.)
2) As the end of the yarn comes past the support arm you need to be careful. If you keep winding the tail of yarn can get caught in the gears. It is no big deal, but why not prevent it by stopping a couple of inches short. I don't see it ever happening in real life, but I can see the possibility of someone really winding away and the yarn making a big tangled mess around the gears. (That person would deserve what they get for not paying attention!)
In closing, the Royal is probably a fine piece of gear--I have no desire to denigrate it. But, for the same money, you can own this beast. You will have a REALLY SOLID winder that gives you the option wind a much bigger ball if you ever need to.
July 2016 Edit to Add:
Since I posted this review I have acquired a swift. I works great using the swift. The tension never seems to be a problem. (This assumes the hank is wound right. I have come across a couple that ended up a tangled mess because of the yarn being wound around itself in the hank.)
I do have to be careful when I wind using the swift—if I get a bit heavy on the throttle the swift can go crazy. It's really great fun watching the swift spin round and round, right up until the point where the swift begins to disassemble itself. (I think this is more of a swift and/or operator enthusiasm error and has nothing to do with the winder.)
It's still a superb winder and I could not be happier with it. Highly, highly recommended.
Ordered this one early this week, and it got to me ahead of schedule...of course I had to try it right away! It was easy to assemble, and wound yarn with no problem. A neat, perfectly tensioned yarn cake was the end result.
I will say that I debated between this one and one with metal gears, for durability's sake, and the nylon gears on this one are a tiny bit rough. However, I watched videos of both in action, and I knew the loud grinding of the metal gears would eliminate any enjoyment in the yarn-winding process! This one is no noisier than my small one, and it winds yarn much faster. All in all, I'm very pleased.
It is quite easy to set up. In fact, I have even attached it to an old rickety TV tray. And, it just didn't care. ... kept right on making perfect little, and not so little, cakes. I, too, live in a smaller home where storage is at a premium. For now, I put the winder back in the shipping box when not in use. I'm not yet sure of how I want to store it. I almost want to attach it to a table in the entryway with a sign that says, "feel free to make a cake". I really am just that proud of it.
Every skein I have wound so far has turned into this perfect center pull cake. I cannot even describe just how happy this makes me. I have spent more than my fair share of time and frustration struggling with skeins of yarn in which the end of the yarn that is "hidden" somewhere in the middle of the skein is hit and miss, at best, in locating. And, when located, it often comes out accompanied by a big tangled wad of surrounding yarn. And, it is always somewhat a mystery as to what shape the yarn will be in as you use it. When winding the yarn on this winder, I use my right hand to crank the handle and my left hand to hold the yarn being fed to the winder. Not only does that allow me to set the tension, I also know/feel what kind of shape the yarn is in, i.e., breaks, knots, snubs, etc.
The one thing I wish this had was at least one more cone: one that left a smaller center. The cone on this winder leaves a good size center in the cake, which is perfectly fine with a wide range of yarns. I intentionally collapse the centers of my cakes. That said, with some of the yarns I use, I would prefer to have a smaller center to collapse.
Apparently, I am not alone in wishing there were more cones. I actually spoke via the phone to a gentleman with the company who identified himself as the inventor of this particular winder. Super nice guy, by the way. He told me that they are very interested in any feedback. He said they are extremely interested in this as all suggestions help them make better products. I have since emailed him requesting they make different size cones to fit this winder. I would think other people asking the same thing might help the cause. Keeping fingers crossed.
Bottom line, fabulous winder. I do not regret even one penny I spent for it. Wish I had it years and years ago.
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Had a smaller ball winder but this is soo much better can't believe I waited to upgrade