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WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo

Tired of using up time winding twist hanks and skeins into balls instead of knitting? Stop using chair backs, family and friends and invest in a ball winder and swift. The swift is sturdy and lightweight and opens to 100". It can hold skeins up to one pound. The clamp at the base allows it to be easily attached to a table edge or shelf and can pivot for use at any angle. The ball winder will create 4 oz. center pull balls.

If the ball winder and wooden swift are in stock, please disregard the backorder status of this combo. This item is in stock and ready to ship.

 

$99.99 each
  • Backordered $99.99

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WEBSBall Winder and Wooden Swift Combo
 
4.8

(based on 51 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (43)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (46)
  • Can withstand use (25)
  • Versatile (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (40)
  • Professional (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (24), Novice (16)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (43), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo

I purchased the ball winder and swift in order to facilitate dealing with hanks of yarn. The winder is the same winder used at my local yarn shop and the swift is very similar. ...Read complete review

I purchased the ball winder and swift in order to facilitate dealing with hanks of yarn. The winder is the same winder used at my local yarn shop and the swift is very similar. You simply attached the items to a sturdy surface (I use my quilting table), load the hanks onto the swift frame, thread the winder and away you go. I turned several hours worth of hand winding into a short one hour session. I also cleaned up several mangled skeins. When you are done, simply unscrew the items and put them away.

I would like to say this will solve the problems of world hunger and bring peace to all, but that would be inaccurate. I will say, instead, that the ball winder and swift are underrated as technological advancements. If you are at the stage in your knitting that you are considering a ball winder and swift, this will certainly fill the bill nicely. They are sturdily constructed and easy to use, thus I anticipate having them for a good long time, which should result in peace in my household if not in the rest of the world. And since you will no longer be standing in line at the local yarn shop waiting to wind your hanks, you will be home in time for lunch or dinner. Overall, an excellent investment.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Swift is great; ball winder not so much

The swift operates perfectly, but the ball winder is problematic. I do not know if it is defective or if all of them are like this, but the yarn guide will not stay...Read complete review

The swift operates perfectly, but the ball winder is problematic. I do not know if it is defective or if all of them are like this, but the yarn guide will not stay in place, it flops and falls over; this creates the need to literally hold it in place with finger and thumb while winding in order to not end up with a royal mess. I'll be attempting to find a different model to see if there is another that works with greater consistency.

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5.0

Wish I'd bought this a decade ago

By Astragal

from Clintondale, NY

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

      I never really minded hand-winding yard, until an 840-yard skein of lace-weight yarn exploded on me while I was trying to wind balls. It literally took more than 10 hours to untangle it all, and it broke several times and pilled up a bunch in the process. Midway through that nightmare I ordered this set, which I just used for the first time on another skein of the same yarn. Once I figured out how to set it up (using the perfectly fine written instructions) it took probably 20 minutes, and I have a perfect cylindrical-shaped ball that sits flat and pulls out from the middle, with no pilling or breaks. I really wish I'd bought this earlier - it would have saved me many hours and lots of frustration.

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      5.0

      Waited a long time to pull the trigger

      By Annie J

      from Richmond VA

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Helpful
      • Necessity
      • Quick

      Cons

      • Frustrating
      • Tricky

      Best Uses

      • Home

      Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

      Love the Swift, saving my shoulder as I used to use my knees, and lift my shoulder over and over to wind by hand. Very easy to set up and get going. The ball wonder is a different story. Hard to find a stable surface to affix it, and make it stay, and hard to get a functional ball. The balls fall apart and create an almighty mess. I spent 4 hours untangling one disaster in the middle of knitting. Granted it was a linen yarn and slippery but come on, I am going to try it with wool, perhaps I will have more luck, I'm not going to give up yet, to early for that, we may be seeing operator error too. So at the moment the five stars are for the swift. I love it unreservedly. The ball winder and I are struggling with our relationship. More later I guess, but should it be this hard in love?

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      5.0

      Ball winder and swift combo

      By Abbie

      from Brunswick, Maine

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home

        Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

        I purchased the combination ball winder and swift. It arrived in a very timely fashion and in good shape. I was pleased to find the swift was made in Finland, a country I used to live in, imagine my surprise. I set up the swift and ball winder on the kitchen counter and proceeded to wind my yarn without any major mishaps, I was so excited about using my new tools. Next time I will take it slower and read the directions before jumping in.
        Overall I am very happy with my purchase and have no complaints.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Ball Winder and Wooden Swift

        By Joey the Knitter

        from Dammeron Valley, UT

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Knitting

          Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

          Product is great. I don't have to bother my husband anymore to hold the skeins while I make them into balls of yarn.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          3.0

          Swift is great; ball winder not so much

          By Harrowgate

          from Tulsa, OK

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Can Withstand Use
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Not Entirely Funcional

          Best Uses

            Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

            The swift operates perfectly, but the ball winder is problematic. I do not know if it is defective or if all of them are like this, but the yarn guide will not stay in place, it flops and falls over; this creates the need to literally hold it in place with finger and thumb while winding in order to not end up with a royal mess. I'll be attempting to find a different model to see if there is another that works with greater consistency.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            2.0

            Keep the swift & forget the ball winder!

            By Niblett's Mom

            from Southern Ohio

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Save Yourself Money Time

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

                Save yourself money, wasted time, and a ton of frustration, by NOT BUYING this ball winder! It's absolutely worthless! As you wind the ball, the winder wiggles itself off the table! The metal rod can NOT be locked into place, and falls over almost immediately! The only way to get it to stay upright is to have someone hold it the whole time! Also, the yarn gets wrapped all around the winder, and you have to take everything apart, and start all over again. I eventually put the winder away, and wound the ball by hand, using a knitting needle.

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                5.0

                Great Alternative for Winding Yarn

                By JuliesJewels

                from Katy, TX

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Can Withstand Use
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home

                  Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

                  I love ordering yarn online but hate trying to find a LYS that will wind the yarn into a ball. This yarn wonder is a perfect low cost solution to my problem. It works well and allows me to wind my yarn into balls at my convenience. I'd definitely recommend this to any avid knitter!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just made knitting a whole lot easier

                  By Rural Traveler

                  from Ohio

                  About Me Non Expert Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Fast

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Home
                    • Winding Yarn No Surprise

                    Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

                    Should have bought these years ago. Much, much faster, easier and neater than winding yarn by hand.

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                    5.0

                    basic equipment

                    By AZ jc

                    from Apache Junction AZ

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Can Withstand Use
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home
                      • Professional

                      Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

                      These pieces of equipment allow you to wind yarn into balls from skeins. Without these winding yarn into balls is very mush more time consuming and frustrating.

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                      3.0

                      Not Quite Sure

                      By Jackie

                      from Anderson, SC

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about WEBS Ball Winder and Wooden Swift Combo:

                      It was difficult to use because all of my counter tops and furniture has rounded edged and both come loose when I am using them. You really can't use it unless you have perfectly squared off edges on your furniture or counter top.

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                      • No

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