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 the video to the left 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.