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Wanted - Yarn Swift, please

Snowgoose

Wanted - Yarn Swift, please
« on: January 30, 2018, 19:02:46 PM »
Please, does anyone have a yarn swift - umbrella swift - for sale?  I just cannot wind wool skeins on my own  :'( I would be so very grateful if anyone has one they would sell me!  Thank you  :)
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b15erk

Re: Wanted - Yarn Swift, please
« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2018, 09:00:29 AM »
Snowgoose I saw these for sale somewhere - quite reasonable too - in fact I was tempted to buy one.  I'll have a think.....

Jessie
Jessie, who is very happy to be here!!  :),  but who has far too many sewing machines to be healthy, and a fabric stash which is becoming embarrassing.

sewmuchmore

Re: Wanted - Yarn Swift, please
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2018, 18:46:34 PM »
Have a look at these https://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=yarn+swift some reasonable prices.
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Janet

Madame Cholet

Re: Wanted - Yarn Swift, please
« Reply #3 on: February 02, 2018, 07:46:28 AM »
Please, does anyone have a yarn swift - umbrella swift - for sale?  I just cannot wind wool skeins on my own  :'( I would be so very grateful if anyone has one they would sell me!  Thank you  :)

@Snowgoose - Do you mean wind as in making a skein by winding the yarn onto a swift, or putting a skein onto a swift and then unwinding it into a ball?
I ask because if you want to unwind skeins using a swift then the lower-priced springy plastic options work very well for this, even though they are a lot cheaper than the wooden ones.
However if you are making up skeins by winding yarn onto a swift then I would suggest you invest in a sturdier wooden swift.
I used to hand dye a lot of yarn, and I learned that a springy plastic swift produces irregular skeins - because of its inherent springiness - and much tidier looking skeins were achieved using a solid wooden swift.
(I know I may sound like I am splitting hairs here but if you were intending to sell your skeins, as I was, then neat-looking skeins are important. Also I would frequently dye skeins, and once dyed and dried, irregular skeins were a nightmare to unwind using a swift). 

Edit to add - although it may well have been operator error... but I just could never get neat skeins - ie same diameter winds - using a springy swift! YMMV  :)
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