Jumbo Ball Winder
Over the past 9-years of making the Strauch Jumbo Ball Winder, customers have made beautiful balls out of most of the yarns available. But with some yarns it is nearly impossible to wind a good ball. This often occurs with slick yarns like fine silks, superwash merino, microfiber, sock-yarn, or rayon.
The problem can be compounded if the ply of the yarn creates a very round yarn. Because the winder spins rapidly, the yarn will slip off the ball while you are winding making it difficult to create a nice looking center-pull ball that pulls effortlessly from the middle.
Viewing this video may help:
If your slippery yarn still doesn't work well on our winder we recommend a few alternatives.
You can, of course, wind the ball by hand. But..........
If you want to use the ball winder, and you don't mind going VERY slowly, put some stiff paper or a toilet paper core on the winder before you begin winding. When you remove the ball, take the core off with it.
You may want to slip something around the yarn to keep the ball intact until you are ready to use it. To use, put the ball on a lazy kate, a free-standing toilet paper holder, or other device that will let it turn freely. You then wind off the yarn from the outside of the ball.
If you are working with a very fine yarn or if you plan on using the yarn for weaving, winding the yarn onto a large cardboard bobbin with a bobbin winder will allow greater control as you wind from the skein. This will make it much easier to wind your warp with consistent tension, or to wind the bobbins for your shuttles.
The Strauch winder generates a unique and distinctive diamond-shaped patterned ball as a result of its complex rotation. Two things must happen at the same time in order to wind a perfect ball. The whole drive wheel assembly must rotate as the crank is turned and it must also smoothly revolve on the clear plastic drive cone. Because of this off-center rotation, the ball winder must be clamped to a work surface.
It is important not to wind the ball too fast. Winding too fast will cause the yarn cylinder to slip on the plastic cone and will give you an irregular ball.
The extra long length table clamp allows the winder to be clamped to a standard 1½-inch thick kitchen counter. For those who use a table that does not have a
front drop down piece of wood like you find on a typical dining room table, the clamp can reach further under the table to prevent any wobbling or "flapping" of the ball winder base.
The standard clamp that comes with the winder fits tables from 3/8" to 2 ¼" thick There is a "Deeper Style" table clamp available that will fit tables from 1 ½" to 3 ¼" thick. They are an additional $28.00.
If you want to wind thick, bulky "art yarns", this guide with a large 5/8" diameter loop is what you need. Simply pull out the standard guide that's on your winder and replace it with the Large Loop Guide. It's only $8.00.
When ordering, specify whether it's for the newer 15" long base winder
or the older 14" models. These belts for the 14" base will also fit the old,
obsolete Fricke ball winders.
Dimensions of unit: 15" L x 5" W x 9½" H. Shipping weight 5 pounds
Your Jumbo Ball Winder is shipped in a sturdy box. -- Save it.
It's a handy carrying case and folds flat for easy storage.