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Old 02-28-2008, 10:38 AM   #11
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That is freaking BRILLIANT!! You are a GENIUS!!

Now to go and find myself an old lazy susan.
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Old 02-28-2008, 10:40 AM   #12
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That is very cool! I suspect that my DH, who is a mechanic, can improve upon the design in his own special way...while he is as big a fan of duct tape as any other guy, he *really* loves permatex, so I'm thinking he'd use that to bind the hangers to the susan, and then maybe add some drapery weights or small iron plates bound to the surface of the susan with the permatex to help keep the swift from tipping over...

Hmmm...must talk to DH about this later. Of course, that would mean I'd have to give in and buy a winder!
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Old 02-28-2008, 11:56 AM   #13
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Marlajap, for sure this could be tweaked and improved. For that matter, there's plans for a wood homemade swift over at If you or your hubby is handy, something like that would be easy to make. And it would look a whole lot nicer.

I have all the tools and stuff to make a wood one, but I just didn't want to mess around measuring and sawing and drilling. I was looking for something cheap & fast.

I also like mine because it comes apart & goes back together in a minute or two. It's also light enough and small enough to fit in a tote or even my laptop bag. The duct tape can be stuck and unstuck several times before it loses its stickiness.
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Old 02-28-2008, 12:14 PM   #14
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Wow! Such simple genius. Now to go find some wire clothes hangers. I went out a few years ago and bought all plastic, but this is definitely worth doing.

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Old 02-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #15
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That's so clever! I waited years before getting one - and that my dad finally made me! - To think I could have done one myself with all those spare hangers!
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I got to thinking about how to use the swift with larger hanks. Just bend the wires as shown.

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