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Royal Ball Winder

A ball winder is an indispensable tool for working with yarn. This solidly-made ball winder will wind approximately 4 oz. center-pull balls direct from the swift or a cone. Easily clamps to a table or loom bench for stability and ease of use.

$45.99 each
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RoyalBall Winder
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (28)

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    (11)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (35)
  • Can withstand use (14)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (33)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (26), Novice (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (36)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    A little gem...and hand-saver

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash...Read complete review

    I bought one of these a few years ago thinking it was a self-indulgent little treat...and boy, was I wrong!

    Winding yarn into cakes lets me organize my stash and workbag (DeWalt and Husky gator bags) better. The center-pull yarn cakes treat the yarn nicely by giving them structure (I wind a band of old-fashioned adding-machine paper tape around each cake, with the yarn label taped on). It saves my working hands and wrists from the painful repetitive motions of winding. It goes really fast! The cakes are much less prone to "yarn barf." And it makes the continual pulling out of lengths of yarn in use much easier and smoother. I normally park my in-process yarn cakes in a small metal mixing bowl or various plastic bins.

    Also I live with a house chicken, and while normally demure, she turns into SoccerSaurus when a rolling/in-use yarn ball is visible. The yarn cake format doesn't seem to intrigue her as much, so she settles for kicking finished unmated socks around the room.

    I used to be frustrated by the size limit of about 100 g (which you can extend a bit if you work carefully and gently nudge the guide-loop wire outward while controlling the angle the yarn feeds onto the spool). Over time I've gotten used to it.

    Best of all, winding my stash into yarn cakes has, ahem, let me buy more yarn. You can take that as a cautionary observation. Neatly wrapped yarn cakes take up much less space than the various balls and skeins. I have a rule that I cannot buy more yarn unless there is space in my existing storage system.

    One last thing, I use this tool to wind yarn cakes from skeins directly off the yarn swift I hacked from an IKEA tabletop lazy susan. It might also work with the other sorts of swifts as well.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good for small balls

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

    This works great as long as you don't want more than a 4oz ball. It is pretty useless to wind any larger hanks or skeins.

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    4.0

    It works!

    By knitter in need of help

    from questa, nm

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

      I've only used this once, but afterwards I returned one that I had purchased from another vendor. It was awful!

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      4.0

      So far, so good

      By Peggy

      from Kalamazoo

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

          I haven't used it much because I bought others as a gift at the same time and I didn't want to accidentally give a secret away. However, it has worked great for the balls I've wound. Be sure to read and follow all the directions. Especially the part about how to secure and use the yarn guide. I used a little piece if tape to secure the end to the top of the cylinder so it didn't get lost. Don't wind too fast and watch for issues with the skein or the swift, and it should go swimmingly! Four stars only because I don't know about longevity.

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          4.0

          works well

          By lckain

          from Maryland

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

            This ball winder works very effectively.
            I haven't used it enough to determine whether it will hold up after many uses.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Prompt delivery.

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            5.0

            Ball Winder

            By Shadodancer

            from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

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              • Home

              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              This arrived in Canada far sooner than I anticipated, great shipping!

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              4.0

              Why did I wait so long?!

              By Francophile

              from Southeastern Massachusetts

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              Pros

              • Fast
              • Fun to use
              • Makes A Good Yarn Ball

              Cons

              • Odd Directions

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              This is just plain fun to use! I have had a swift for years and would wind my yarn into a ball using that, but this is such a great tool. Used in conjunction with the swift it VERY rapidly produces a flat-bottomed yarn ball that can be pulled from the outside or the inside and won't roll away! I wish the clamp opened up a bit wider though...I only have one table with a top thin enough to atttach it to, which means carting the yarn and the swift to it every time. However, the result is so perfect it's worth it. I don't think I'll buy any yarn NOT in a hank from now on! The directions are a hoot! They HAVE to have been translated from the original Japanese by someone not fluent in English, but if you are even remotely mechanically inclined, you'll be able to figure it out with no problem.

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              5.0

              I Love This Ball Winder

              By Dee

              from Maryland

              About Me Intermediate

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Can Withstand Use
              • Easy To Setup
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              I bought this as a replacement for an old one someone gave me. I wished I had bought this sooner. Great product. Easy to turn knob. Works fast and makes the yarn into a nice bundle.

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              5.0

              Great

              By patg

              from buffalo, ny

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              Pros

              • Can Withstand Use
              • Easy To Use
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home

                Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                This is the same ball winder I purchased 30 some years ago except the gears are enclosed. Yarn tended to wrap around the old gears if I didn't hold it out beyond the yarn holder. This latest version has no such flaw. It also has a better mechanism for attaching to a table. The old winder tended to slip & slide. I liked the old winder but it could be very frustrating at times. The new winder works well and has improvements I really appreciate.

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                5.0

                I love this tool!

                By J the knitter

                from Ossining, NY

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Quick
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  Since I got my ball winder, I've used it on a wide range of yarns, fingering weight to worsted weight. It works really well, always producing a neat pull-from-the-middle ball. So much better than winding it by hand! I would recommend this to anyone who regularly buys yarn in hanks or other hard-to-knit-from forms.

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                  5.0

                  Decided to upgrade.

                  By Capless

                  from NH

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Small Yarn Shop

                    Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                    I've used and inexpensive winder from Knit Picks for about 2 years. It started making a "clunk" noise early on but I went slowly and nursed it along until I decided to replace it before it went completely.

                    Did a little research and found Royal was popular and got good reviews.
                    The winding handle is smooth and the whole machine has a more substantial feel. I believe it will prove durable for home use and small LYS's that offer winding service.

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                    5.0

                    Best Gift I bought myself!!

                    By karburr

                    from Taylor,Michigan

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Quick

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                      Love this product, never thought I would buy one, I do have a nostepinne, but when I bought 12 hanks of yarn...I thought I need to get myself a yarn winder...best thing I ever purchased for myself.

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