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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 49 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (41)
  • Can withstand use (18)
  • Versatile (9)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (37)
    • Professional (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (30), Novice (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (41), Yes (4)

    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

    works smoothly

    By aloha knitter

    from Honolulu

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

        I have only wound three skeins with it so far, but after finally deciding on a handmade wood swift, i am so happy i finally took the plunge! What a dream to have nicely wound balls, and so fast!

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        • No

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        2.0

        BALL WINDER BY ROYAL

        By Carole

        from Savannah, GA

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Versatile

        Cons

        • Arm Will Not Stay Locked

        Best Uses

          Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

          ARM WILL NOT LOCK TO HOLD YARN I HAVE TO MANUALLY HOLD IT. VERY DISAPPOINTED IN PRODUCT.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Easy to use and good quality

          By Eco

          from San Gabriel, CA

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          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home
            • Professional

            Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

            It is made out of good quality plastic. Easy to use. It coils the yarns beautifully.

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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Love This

            By Jade

            from Fuquay-Varina, NC

            About Me Experienced

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            Pros

            • Can Withstand Use
            • Makes Great Balls
            • Operates Smoothly

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

              I love this ball winder. It pulls the yarn through smoothly and makes great balls that work as either center pulls or outside pulls. So far I have wound everything from lace weight to heavy worsted weight yarns and each time I've been able to fit the whole skein on the winder. I highly recommend this item.

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              • Yes

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              5.0

              Ball winder is a breeze to use.

              By BornontheFourthofJuly

              from Lancaster Pa

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              Pros

              • Can Withstand Use
              • Easy To Use
              • Smooth Even Winding
              • Versatile

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Best When Used With A Swi

                Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                A friend got into real trouble by winding at great speed. Not a Royal. Had to throw out a $20.00 ball of yarn that became hopelessly entangled. So, I am very careful and deliberate with my winder. It is great I love it.

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                • No

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                5.0

                Works great!

                By Slipqueen

                from Grass Valley, CA

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                Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                This item is so easy to use. Sets up quickly and stores away in a drawer. Love it.

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                5.0

                Happy Knitter

                By Hubby

                from Pennsylvania

                About Me Christmas Gifter

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                Pros

                • Creates Neat Yarn Balls
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • None so far

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Skein Cleanup

                Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                My wife has been delighted to use her new yarn baller along with a Swedish umbrella swift. She made short work of balling several skeins of yarn that have lain around for several weeks/months. It took a little more effort to set up an arrangement for fitting the swift and baller on a table and flat stool, but then things went well after that. She is very pleased and, while I am not the knitter in the family, I'm impressed with the neat and compact balls of yarn that resulted.

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                • Yes

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Buy this now!

                By CraftyKee

                from Newark, DE

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                Pros

                • Can Withstand Use
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

                  I've considered a ball winder for years, but I finally bought this one after doing tons of research. I can now easily create compact, center-pull skeins with anything from cheap acrylic yarn to fancy luxurious hanks of wool. No more tangles, no more sad looking leftover piles of yarn.

                  I use this several times a week and I have no complaints. It's a great purchase.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  It works!

                  By knitter in need of help

                  from questa, nm

                  About Me Novice

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                  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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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    So far, so good

                    By Peggy

                    from Kalamazoo

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                    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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