How do yarn ball winders work?

What is the point of a yarn winder?

Yarn winders do the work of winding the yarn into a center-pull ball. They clamp onto the table surface and have a center spool that holds the yarn. You thread the yarn through one or more yarn guides that place the yarn in the right position to roll onto the spool.

Can I use a ball winder without a swift?

Because it fulfills a different function, you can use a ball winder without a yarn swift. The ball winder creates the yarn cake; how the skein is being held is a different matter. The swift makes winding easier by holding the yarn under tension and spinning to unravel yarn from the skein, but it is not essential.

Do I really need a yarn winder?

It is necessary to roll a hank into a ball to prevent tangling because the long strands of yarn would otherwise rub together and create a big mess. If you like to use store bought skeins that come pre-wound, a ball winder does not matter as much. However, it can create an easier and more efficient ball of yarn.

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