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12-14-2011, 05:44 PM
My faithful, 6 year old, much used ball winder finally gave up the ghost. I am a spinner, and a knitter. . . a ball winder is a "must have" to my way of thinking. So, living in the northern climes of Michigan, I started calling to see who, if anyone had a ball winder. NO ONE had one in stock except. . . of all places JoAnn Fabric. Off I went, only to find that (YES, I should have asked first probably) the only one they had was a $90.00 electric ball winder. Never having heard of such a thing, and having a 50% off coupon, I bought the thing and brought it home. I found that it would NOT wind from my swift. . . I found I had to hand turn the swift to get the thing to not stall out. Bottom line? I wrote the Boye Company an email about the problem (after trying all sorts of things for five days to make the thing work), and the answer I got was. . . are you ready?????? The Boye electric ball winder was NOT made to work with a swift and that is what was causing the problem. I need to ask. . . if not made to work with a swift, what good is it???? Take heed! Do Not Buy a Boye Electric Ball Winder. . . it is expensive and useless! (My new hand winder is on its way as I write).

12-14-2011, 08:27 PM
We feel your pain and I have learned over the years not to buy anything electric that I'm not sure of. Even my cream separator is not electric. Sorry you are having so much trouble.

12-15-2011, 03:16 AM
Um, if a ball winder isn't meant to be used with a swift, then what is it used for?? The production skeins don't need to be wound in a ball.


I have a Swedish upright wooden swift and a Strauch Jumbo Winder. Couldn't be more please with either of them.

12-15-2011, 11:11 AM
Another happy Strauch Jumbo Winder user here, and it works beautifully with my swift.