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My Electric Yarn Ball Winder Guide – All The Best Currently Available And Which To Avoid

Most of the yarn ball winders you find are hand-operated, and they do a good job if you have the time. But what happens if you don’t?

For some, winding yarn by hand is not a task they enjoy, or it’s not possible as they have pain in their wrists or hands. It can also be very tiring if you suffer from fatigue or straining in your arms and shoulders.

Having an electric yarn ball winder is an attractive option. It solves all the problems mentioned above, and it’s a very convenient instrument.

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Here are the best ones available on the market and the ones to avoid.

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Standard Electronic Maple Yarn Ball Winder

Standard Electronic Maple Yarn Ball Winder by The KnitStore Etsy Store
The Knit Store has 5 star reviews from their happy customers

This is a simple plug & play operation and runs off of 100-240v wall power. This winder can handle most commercially available skeins.

Speed is adjustable. The direction is not. The small brushed DC motor we selected performs very well. 

The power supply/speed control is a separate unit containing a speed control knob and LED readout that produces a number correlated with the winder’s speed.

The speed control is a separate unit allowing the user to position the speed control anywhere that feels comfortable.

Ashford Electric Ball Winder

Ashford Electric Yarn Winder The Spinnery Etsy Store
The Spinnery has very happy customers sharing 5 star reviews
  • Wind up to (17½ozs) 500gm of yarn
  • Wind balls both clockwise and anti-clockwise
  • Soft start allows you to control the yarn as it starts to wind onto the cone
  • Instant stop when you need it and includes a foot switch for better control of your yarn.
  • Mounted on rubber feet, one clamp included
  • 12v mains power cord included
  • Manufactured from beautiful native New Zealand Silver Beech hardwood with a lacquered finish

The Simplicity Boye Electric Yarn Winder

Simplicity Boye Electric Yarn Ball Winder

If you’ve done any searching, you would’ve come across a model made by Boye – The Simplicity Boye Electric Yarn Winder. Boye is a well-known knitting and crochet tools and notions company.

Buying a new one of these models is highly unlikely as it doesn’t seem readily available. You’re more likely to find a second-hand model. However, I don’t think you should bother. 

Although it sped up the process of winding yarn by hand, it needed to be constantly monitored. Many customers found the motor wasn’t powerful enough and sometimes stopped working altogether.

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Weaver Electric Yarn Winder

Weaver Electric Yarn Winder

A Hong Kong based company created this model. It originated as a Kickstarter project, and after being suitably funded, it went into production.

This automatic yarn winder has several speeds, normal, fast, and jogging. The last one allows you to press the button, and the machine will spin for however long you hold it down.

The moment you take your finger off the button, it automatically stops. It also has an electronic rotation counter.

I’ve read the reviews, and they’re poor. Most people felt this product was not worth the money as it didn’t work as they expected.

Customers found the unit jumped all over the place when operating, and it didn’t make a neat and tidy yarn cake.

Hague PDB 250G Electric Yarn Winder

Hague Knitting Accessories Hague PDB3

The PDB 250g Electric Yarn Winder will wind up to 250 gm/about 9 oz of yarn, depending on the type of yarn used.

A spare bobbin is also supplied. There’s no auto switch off on this motorized yarn winder. You have to switch the yarn winder off once the bobbin is full.

A UK based-company but it ship internationally. The winder will be the correct voltage for the country it’s being sent to. However, you may have to fit a suitable plug in some countries.

I am yet to find an electric yarn winder that would suit someone on a budget. I dare say that was why the Boye Electric Yarn Winder was popular in the past. It was cheaper than the options above.

I’ll be sure to update my post if I find something economical but works well.

If you know an electric yarn ball winder you recommend, please get in touch here or send me a message on Twitter.

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10 thoughts on “My Electric Yarn Ball Winder Guide – All The Best Currently Available And Which To Avoid”

  1. Just so you know the first two, didn’t check the others, are linking to product pages that are sold out on Etsy. They are showing as unavailable now and we can’t see the shop or anything about the product in order to search for more. Thanks!

    • Hi Celeste. Thanks so much for letting me know, I really appreciate you getting in touch. Here are the links to the two Etsy stores. I am going to get in touch with them to check if these products will be listed again soon. The Maple Electric Yarn Winder is from The Knit Store on Etsy. The Nancy Knit Knacks Motorized option is from The Oregon Woodworker Cheers Jodie

  2. I bought the Hague 125. Instructions are very minimal. The winder makes a wobby sort of sound for about the first 20% of a ball and is fiddly to get it started without the yarn slipping off the cone. It is a work-horse and does wind fast. It is easy to switch off when full, but you have to be watching carefully and switch off fast.
    Getting service or help is a pain since I am in the US and have to email. I don’t know why this came with an out of balance winder or if I did something to it when trying to figure out how to use it. Like I said, instructions were porrly done, in my opinion.
    FYI, you must have a table ledge that is LESS than 1 1/2″ as this is the widest the clip holds.
    Once you get it going, it works and works fast. But it is not making me happy all together so far.

    • Hi Cathy. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your knowledge on your experience of the Hague Electric Winder. Thanks for the tips about the table width is works best with and also the tips of using it. Much appreciated. Were you able to get an answer from the company regarding why it would be out of balance? Have you found their customer service helpful? Cheers Jodie

      • Hi-I have used Hague winders for 30 or more years. They must be clamped as tightly as possible to the table. The is very important: YOU MUST HOLD THE YARN AND TENSION IT WELL.

        All I do is hold the yarn between my thumb and finger and one soon finds the right tension.

  3. Sorry to read some have problems the Hague. I have used them for years and had no problems, certainly not as described. I was wondering if the bobbin was on right. One does have to tension the yarn with your hand as it winds. I use to wind very fine yarns(2/28 eg) and I can then knit straight from the bobbin using my knitting machines. It’s the only reason I have one. never found a need to wind my hand knitting yarns.

    • Thank you so much for sharing your experience and advice to using the Hague winder. Much appreciated. Cheers Jodie


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