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TOIKA Wooden Swift

$84.99 Each

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An essential tool for spinners, weavers and dyers, swifts are ideal for unwinding skeins. A workhorse and our most popular model.  Shaft and slats are wood.

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84.99Wooden Swift
 
4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (8)
  • Versatile (6)
  • Can withstand use (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Home (8)
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    • Experienced (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Whoa

Bought this for my best friend for Xmas. Opened it today to make sure everything arrived intact and functional. No assembly required, which was nice! Unwrapped the bubble wrap, and......Read complete review

Bought this for my best friend for Xmas. Opened it today to make sure everything arrived intact and functional. No assembly required, which was nice! Unwrapped the bubble wrap, and... whoa.

It's HUGE.

That's not a bad thing, but seriously get a yardstick out and measure the space where you plan to use it.

Me, I have a smaller metal-and-orange-plastic umbrella swift that suits me just fine.

I can't speak for durability since I only played with it for about 15 minutes before wrapping it up for my friend, but I can say a few things:

1. It turns very, very smoothly.

2. It opens fairly smoothly, though it does require two hands until you get practiced at manipulating the hand-screw to keep it open. Not like an umbrella swift.

3. The scissoring slats are held together with what appears to be study small-gauge rope or twine. No sharp metal parts where a hank of yarn might get caught.

4. I did not attempt to clamp it to the table, but the screw for clamping looks nice and sturdy. Everything is wood with that mechanism, even the threads and grooves of the turnscrew.

5. The wood feels very smooth on all the parts that will end up touching yarn (scissoring slats). The wood is unfinished and relatively smooth throughout, though it wouldn't hurt to have an extremely-fine-grain sandpaper handy to run over a few spots that will surely end up smoothing out with time anyway.

Overall, I'm glad I got it for her. Her husband is handy and will smooth out any rough spots. I'm thinking it's going to turn into an heirloom, which is a brilliant bonus.

Four stars out of five since I haven't had it long enough to see if it lasts, but I think it will!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Fell apart after 15 uses.

I purchased this swift for myself after using a similar one at a friend's house. It was not as easy to use as my friend's (two hands to open the swift as opposed to...Read complete review

I purchased this swift for myself after using a similar one at a friend's house. It was not as easy to use as my friend's (two hands to open the swift as opposed to my friend's one-handed version) but otherwise seemed to work well. I used this swift about 15 times before the clamp broke. Now it's useless, can't attach it to any table top whatsoever. Very disappointed in this item.

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4.0

I love my swift!

By 

from Minneapolis, MN

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Pros

  • Can Withstand Use
  • Easy To Use
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

      Swift + ball winder is ten times faster than winding a ball of yarn when you've only got one of those two tools. I should have bought a swift YEARS ago! And this one feels solid, like it will last forever.
      It's great for worsted weight and heavier yarns, but I want a lighter swift for lighter yarns.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Fell apart after 15 uses.

      By 

      from Lebanon, NH

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Breaks Easily
        • Difficult To Use

        Best Uses

          Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

          I purchased this swift for myself after using a similar one at a friend's house. It was not as easy to use as my friend's (two hands to open the swift as opposed to my friend's one-handed version) but otherwise seemed to work well. I used this swift about 15 times before the clamp broke. Now it's useless, can't attach it to any table top whatsoever. Very disappointed in this item.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          4.0

          Loved it!

          By 

          from CT

          About Me Experienced Beginner

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Home

            Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

            I LOVED how smoothly it ran, and how easy it was to use. I did not love that it is held together with string!, even though I suppose that would make it easy for me to repair. It was a gift, but a gift I chose for myself, so I am quite happy with it. Maybe someday I will upgrade to something fancier, but this is good for me now.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Wooden yarn swift

            By 

            from Deerfield, MA

            About Me Novice

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            Pros

            • I Love This Swift

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Home

              Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

              I love using this yarn swift! I've tried others & this one works is much easier, faster & better then the others!!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              4.0

              Whoa

              By 

              from Ohio

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Home
                • Professional

                Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                Bought this for my best friend for Xmas. Opened it today to make sure everything arrived intact and functional. No assembly required, which was nice! Unwrapped the bubble wrap, and... whoa.

                It's HUGE.

                That's not a bad thing, but seriously get a yardstick out and measure the space where you plan to use it.

                Me, I have a smaller metal-and-orange-plastic umbrella swift that suits me just fine.

                I can't speak for durability since I only played with it for about 15 minutes before wrapping it up for my friend, but I can say a few things:

                1. It turns very, very smoothly.

                2. It opens fairly smoothly, though it does require two hands until you get practiced at manipulating the hand-screw to keep it open. Not like an umbrella swift.

                3. The scissoring slats are held together with what appears to be study small-gauge rope or twine. No sharp metal parts where a hank of yarn might get caught.

                4. I did not attempt to clamp it to the table, but the screw for clamping looks nice and sturdy. Everything is wood with that mechanism, even the threads and grooves of the turnscrew.

                5. The wood feels very smooth on all the parts that will end up touching yarn (scissoring slats). The wood is unfinished and relatively smooth throughout, though it wouldn't hurt to have an extremely-fine-grain sandpaper handy to run over a few spots that will surely end up smoothing out with time anyway.

                Overall, I'm glad I got it for her. Her husband is handy and will smooth out any rough spots. I'm thinking it's going to turn into an heirloom, which is a brilliant bonus.

                Four stars out of five since I haven't had it long enough to see if it lasts, but I think it will!

                 
                5.0

                Nice and sturdy.

                By 

                from Pittsburgh

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                Pros

                • Can Withstand Use
                • Easy To Use
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Home
                  • Professional

                  Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                  I have not had any problems with this swift. It's very sturdy and well crafted.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Wooden Yarn Swift

                  By 

                  from Boca Raton, Florida

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                  • Easy To Use
                  • Versatile

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                    Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                    I ordered this item as a gift for someone I knew would love it as much as I love mine. We both order our yarn from Webs and many come on hanks that need to be wound. I have had many good years use of my swift and know this would be a great gift. The recipient was quite pleased and stated that it arrived promptly in excellent condition. I would have liked to include a card.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes
                     
                    5.0

                    OMG, love it! Life changing!

                    By 

                    from Big Sky Montana

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                    Pros

                    • Can Withstand Use
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Versatile

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Home

                      Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                      Awesome product for any serious knitter, especially if you knit a lot with hand dyed yarn that is sold in hanks and needs to wound into balls to knit. Very well made, easy to set up and use.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      The best

                      By 

                      from Streator, IL

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                      Pros

                      • Can Withstand Use
                      • Craftmanship Execellent
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Home

                        Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                        Can't believe how fantastic this swift is to use. Had an old metal one which never worked this good. Beautifully made and used daily.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Yes I would buy this item

                        By 

                        from Marlinton, WV

                        About Me Novice

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Can Withstand Use
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Versatile

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Home

                          Comments about 84.99 Wooden Swift:

                          Very easy to wind skeins of yarn

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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