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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
 
4.7

(based on 47 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (34)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (39)
  • Can withstand use (18)
  • Versatile (8)
  • Fast (5)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Home (37)
    • Professional (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (29), Novice (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (39), 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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    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • 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

      Verified Buyer

      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

            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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              • No

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              4.0

              So far, so good

              By Peggy

              from Kalamazoo

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              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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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Ball Winder

                    By Shadodancer

                    from St. Catharines, Ontario Canada

                    About Me Experienced

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about Royal Ball Winder:

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

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                      • No

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