As more and more yarn is wound onto the skeinwinder, the yarn puts pressure on the arms, wanting to push the arms together. Much like folding a regular umbrella. The trick is to loosen the tension by slightly dropping down the adjusting ring.
Here's a video showing what I mean.
How can I prevent the floor Swift from tipping?
When the floor swift is used as a skeinwinder, as more and more yarn is wound, the winder becomes top heavy. To prevent tipping you can:
How do I pull the yarn off the Swift while winding a ball?
The yarn should flow evenly from the umbrella swift as it feeds through the eye rod onto the ball winder. Keep the winding speed reasonably constant. The yarn should be under a consistent tension, such as running through your hand, as it winds onto the ball winder. If you're forming a misshapen ball (a "bee hive" shape, for instance), hold the yarn tighter to increase tension. Winding too fast may cause the swift to get ahead of the ball winder, followed by too much tension when the ball winder has caught up.
Can older Strauch Floor Swift/skeinwinders be upgraded?
Units built before March 2007 can be upgraded to be collapsible and convertible. The entire yarn swift/skeinwinder has to be sent back to us since many of the parts need to be replaced or modified. When returned to you, it will look and function the same but will now have the added versatility of being collapsible and be able to attach to the optional table base. The cost of this upgrade is $48.50 (plus shipping).