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Making a Ball of Yarn with a Yarn Swift and Ball Winder

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Setting Up Your Yarn Swift and Ball Winder
Setting up the swift and winder.

Setting up the swift and winder.

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Before you can wind a ball using a yarn swift and ball winder, you first need to set up your equipment. I like to use my dining room table for this purpose because it is heavy and sturdy, but I leave the tablecloth on to protect the tabletop from the clamps that hold the yarn swift and ball winder in place.

To begin, slide the clamp at the base of the yarn swift onto your table and tighten the bolt. Do the same with your ball winder, placing them 12 to 18 inches apart (or farther if you like).

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