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compact 4 oz wool / yarn ball winder TH700B: works with U-nitt swift

3.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews
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  • IMPORTANT: the yarn guide will stay up when pulled out 1 1/2 inches from the body
  • hand operated; easy set up; no tools required
  • 1 yr U-nitt warranty: parts and replacement winder for 1 year
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Product Description

TO ANSWER SOME CONCERNS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS ABOUT THE YARN GUIDE: POSITION THE YARN GUIDE UPRIGHT AND PULL IT OUT 1 1/2 INCHES FROM THE BODY SO IT WILL NOT FALL DOWN! Capacity: 4 oz yarn balls. a handy tool for knitters, crocheters, and spinners. good for beginners too. sturdy construction with easy clamp-on base. maximum tabletop thickness: 1 3/4 inches; a great time saver at a very affordable price.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 25 x 5 x 1 inches
Item Weight 1.6 pounds
Shipping Weight 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
Manufacturer U-nitt
ASIN B005DSKWHK
Item model number WOO-BS2
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3.9 out of 5 stars 89 customer reviews

3.9 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #27,357 in Beauty (See Top 100 in Beauty)
#37 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Craft Supplies > Weaving & Spinning > Ball Winders
#6,702 in Arts, Crafts & Sewing > Knitting & Crochet
Date first available at Amazon.com August 28, 2009

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I recently started to knit and have progressed from the basic acrylic selections from supercenters to the more luxurious wools, bamboo, and silk blends available in yarn specialty stores and online sites. However, most (if not all) of these higher end yarns come twisted in a braid known as a "hank." I'd never dealt with a hank before but found out that you have to wind them yourself...usually into a ball...before knitting. I purchased a few and tried to wind by hand, with the help of some online tutorials. Good for about 3/4 of the way and then tangle city. Tried again. Same result, except this time it was about 1/2 way there. Just in those two attempts, I lost countless yards of yarn and $$$. Then, at a local yarn shop, the owner asked me if I wanted her to wind my purchases. I said yes and she pulled out a ball winder and swift and was done in no time. So I browsed a bit, purchased a swift, and ordered this winder.

It arrived today and setup was a snap. Just place the cone on top and twist to lock. I used my kitchen table, and the clamp went on easily, despite the table having bevelled edges. Placed my yarn on the swift, inserted the thread into the slit on top of the cone, threaded through the guide (make sure it's pulled out so it doesn't rub against the side of your yarn), and cranked away. I did two hanks. One was some Malabrigo yarn and the other was a hank of Cascade 220. The Cascade wound with nary a hitch, but the Malabrigio did stick at a couple of places. Not a problem because all it took was lifting a thread or two on the swift and that freed it up...which is one reason why I like the hand cranked version. As soon as the tension tightened up, I was able to feel it and stop to adjust.
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This is a very handy thing to have, and very reasonably priced. I had recently bought a number of yarn skeins that needed winding, and the yarn winder makes fast work of the job. I quickly learned to wind at a moderate, consistent pace and keep an eye on my swift, so the yard didn't "jump" on me and get tangled on the gear underneath the winder (the exposed gear is the only reason I give this item 4 stars instead of 5).
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By W. Neal on February 25, 2011
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This is my second ball winder. I made the mistake of buying the "cheap" $20 winder available through Knit Picks. My children recently broke the handle of that one because it was made of plastic. The improvements for this one - the handle is mounted on metal, the shaft that holds the ball is textured and tall enough so the ball does not slide off, if I stop winding mid-ball the ball continues to wind consistently with good tension. I still gave 5 stars, though I would have given it 4 1/2 just because the little metal yarn guide does not really "lock" into place, which means that while you are winding it jiggles just enough that it can eventually fold back down again. Overall, so much more pleased with this product.
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This machine is meant for people who buy small skeins of yarn like 100-150g not meant for bigger or bulky yarn if you try it it gets tangled in the gears and then you have to cut your yarn and it is a pain when it does get tangled! Takes a long time to untangle it plus it won't wind beyond it's capacity because there is no space for a bigger ball so buy only if you have scraps or smaller skeins otherwise get a bigger machine- I am returning this one for a bigger one- wish someone warned me in the previous reviews it would have saved me a lot of frustration trying to wind bigger yarn on this, hope this helps you guys:-))
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By Steph C on January 25, 2011
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I really liked the winder. It worked well, is very durable, and has easy assembly. I would recommend getting a yarn swift with it though, otherwise winding the yarn becomes a two-person job, or a really slow one person job.
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Ever since I first came across one of these guys I have been dying to have one of my own due to the sheer amount of time which they save. It seems Like they would not make a large contribution to the ease of a project, but it is extremely nice to not have to chase around an errant ball of yarn flopping around every which way. My only complaint is that at times the yarn can become tangled within the spinning base, which is extremely irritating to say the least. However, it is typically easy to fix, but it does cause a 4 rather than 5 star rating.
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I wish I would have bought this sooner--it makes winding a ball of yarn so much easier than doing it by hand. I haven't had any of the issues others have described--you have to pull the guide out all the way until it locks into place, and I'm having a hard time imagining how yarn would tangle in the mechanism--I've wound bulky hand-spun as well as lace weight yarns with no problem.

Sure, it won't take a giant skein and turn it into a giant ball, but for the price, I'm VERY pleased. The more expensive ones may work better, but I can't imagine they're a better value.

Since I got it, I've been winding all the yarn in my studio into nice, stackable balls, and having a blast doing it! I love how now I can pull from the center and the outside if I need to. If you're debating on whether you need one, you do--with it, you can spend less time winding balls and more time knitting, crocheting or weaving!
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