This winder stays with our design philosophy: make simple products that work exceptionally well. Six sealed ball bearings allow the winder to spin almost effortlessly while a well-balanced main winding assembly allow users to to opt to wind with or without a table clamp. Hard maple and premium maple veneered plywood are finished with Danish oil.
A modular unit: An important design element that demonstrates quality to me is the ability to disassemble & service tools with little effort. Every tool that receives regular use will need to be cleaned at some point. The ability to quickly disassemble this winder sets it apart from any winder on the market at this price point. You can take the entire unit apart in less than a minute. Suppose you drop the winder and break just one part. Rather than throwing the entire unit away, you can easily purchase just the part you need from this website. Try that with an imported winder. Want to add an "art yarn" guide? Simply loosen the yarn guide set screw and replace the standard yarn guide. It's that easy.
Yarn Capacity: The amount of yarn that this winder (or any winder) can hold depends on the tension placed on the yarn as it is fed into the unit and the thickness of the yarn. You should be able to get around 1 pound of fingering weight yarn on this winder. Ten ounces is about the maximum capacity of worsted weight yarn. Thicker yarns will be less. We have found that the capacity is about twice that of our little blue plastic winder.
About the belts: Urethane belting is a commonly used cheap power transmission method for this industry. These belts are designed to last about 10 years. If they stretch you can cut, heat the ends, and weld them back together. There is be a little "flashing" that will need to be cut. We also sell replacement belts.
Our warranty: Each jumbo ball winder we sell has a one year warranty from date of purchase against manufacturer's defects. You can tell when your item was produced by referencing the serial number on the bottom. We warrant each unit for the year on the bottom plus one year.
Items ship mostly assembled. Yarn not included.
Made in our Cincinnati, OH workshop.
I've had this winder for about 2 years or so now. It's absolutely the best winder I've ever used. I've managed to fit an entire pound of yarn on the winder. It truly is an exceptional yarn ball winder, and the customer service is outstanding.
This is awesome! Smooth as silk and makes beautiful cakes! I had a different brand and it wasn't nearly as nice. Saw this mentioned on Rav and folks seemed to really like so I thought I would give it a try and boy! I am so glad I did!
I bought this yarn winder several years ago...couldn’t get it to work. Yarn slipped up and below the ball of yarn. Couldn’t figure out what to do. Just went back to my cheapie plastic yarn winder. Really frustrated!
Now they have these videos...and I didn’t even find this one about yarn guide placement right away. Was about to call them...but wandered through their website one more time. Bingo! The yarn guide placement made all the difference!
Now I am a happy camper. Sure wish I had seen the video before.
Seriously? Really? Yeah!!! It’s real! Finally, I got my first yarn winder!!!! So excited! Although it took about 2 weeks to get to me, it was worth waiting! I don’t wanna buy the Chinese one made of plastic, so I had googled for finding sturdy, durable and wooden one! The effort resulted in Jumbo Yarn Ball Winder! I’m so glad to buy it!!
I’m not in US, so I had to use the international shipping by USPS. I got a trouble with my address unrecognized, but Tim as fiberartistsupplyco crew so kindly took care of my problem. Thank you, Tim! Thank you, Fiber Artist Supply Co.!
I got my winder about 2 weeks ago and it is fabulous! It is so quiet and winds very smoothly. I have wasted good money on plastic models that have failed but this maple winder is fantastic. I also purchased a yarn meter so I now know how much yarn I have harvested from deconstructed sweaters.
This is the best yarn winder I own. The smooth action and ease of use is amazing. I wish I had known about this winder sooner.
I recently replaced my perfectly working older FAS winder with the new model because the new model doesn't need to be clamped - which is HUGE at my house.
I used it for the fist time Saturday at a "Heritage day" spinning gig. Umbrella swift clamped to my chair, I wound about 600 yards of handspun with the winder sitting casually un-clamped on a small, folding plastic table. My cohort took the precaution of removing her open coffee cup from the table as I wound, but that was all. It wound like a dream. A rock solid, totally stable dream.
I'm donating my old model to my guild. It still has a lot of life in it, and I don't have need or space for two.
THANK YOU TIM!
I placed an order for 3 things a week ago and finally got my order 7 days later. GREAT. opened my boxes to see most ball winder already assembled. Fanstatic! just have to put the belt on and guide shaft and I was ready to go. I've used the other brand jumbo wooden ball winder and this one I have to see is obviously a lot lighter and smoother running. I'm very happy with the quality of this ball winder. I've tested it already with 1 cake made. I can't wait to put it to use. Now I just have to assemble and test out the standing yarn swift/skein winder.
I bought my winder a couple of years ago. Around 2014-2015. At the time it was priced at 89.99. I use it often and I love it. My winder looks a lot different than the one shown. I suppose it’s progress making the unit a bit smaller. My yarn guide stays in place it doesn’t move around. Either way is the best investment I’ve ever made. Thanks fiberartist.