I had to wind 34 pairs of bobbins for my latest project, and I wanted to put 3m on each bobbin as it's a Torchon mat and I hope to avoid running out.  As a beginner, my heart quailed at the idea of all that winding.

Then I had a bit of a crazy idea, which turned out to work great:  I used my cordless electric drill!

It has clamp jaws that narrow by turning the barrel by hand, you don't need a key.  I cut a circle of thick felt, cupped that around the head of each bobbin, and gently tightened the chuck of the drill just enough to hold the bobbin without crushing it.

I set the drill to 'reverse' to mimic the direction I would normally wind by hand.  I started winding each bobbin by hand, then clamped it into the drill chuck as above. Then I could gently squeeze the trigger with my right hand, while feeding in the thread evenly with my left hand. My Ryobi drill comes on gently and was happy to wind at a slow speed to avoid damaging the bobbin or spangles.

It worked brilliantly!  I can't see any marks or damage on my wooden bobbins, the thread is wound much more evenly than I would have achieved by hand, and it was hugely quicker and easier.

I do have two bone bobbins which I didn't put into the drill for fear of breakage. Also I think it would be hard on the spangles to frequently subject them to such twirling, but they all held up fine this time. 

Views: 666

Replies to This Discussion

Not crazy - brilliant!  I just hand-wound 30 yards of thread on 8 bobbins.  I sure could have used this idea then!  Now I'm going to try it on one of my less-precious bobbins and see if my little drill is as good!

I have heard of other people who tried something similar.

I, too have used a drill - but a hand drill! They work Ok, but a proper winder is better.

I have one similar to the one shown here (if you scroll down a short way) - http://www.joscolace.com.au/pages%20and%20css/tools-bobbin-lace.htm  

I think it is called a Newnham .

It works nicely with all sorts of bobbins - spangled ones as well as continentals.  Worth its weight in dollars, - that's for sure!!!


Holy Cow!! $159 for the electric version!!  Thanks but I think I will stick to my Ryobi cordless drill, lol, although I wish I had that kind of budget.  Must buy more lottery tickets.


Elizabeth Ligeti said:

I, too have used a drill - but a hand drill! They work Ok, but a proper winder is better.

I have one similar to the one shown here (if you scroll down a short way) - http://www.joscolace.com.au/pages%20and%20css/tools-bobbin-lace.htm  

I think it is called a Newnham .

It works nicely with all sorts of bobbins - spangled ones as well as continentals.  Worth its weight in dollars, - that's for sure!!!

No, I do Not have an electric  winder. Mine is the hand one shown  first - the $65 one.  That is Aussie dollars.  My daughter bought mine in England when she was over there Many, Many years ago, and it still is as good as new!!

I don't know which country you are in, but I am sure there would be suppliers who have this sort of hand winder . - Holly van Sciver in USA or Roseground in UK. are 2 that spring to mind. I have shopped with both places and they are very reliable.

Make sure you don't get any grease on your hands from the drill (Like I did when I used my Dh/s drill!!) as if it gets on the thread.....!! That is why I gave the drill away - too dirty!

I have a bit of RSI in my right wrist so I think turning a manual handle for that long wouldn't be good.  And that's good advice about the grease - fortunately my electric drill is pretty new and still clean but I will keep that in mind, perhaps keep a towel to hand.

RSI is bad news. Sorry to hear that.  Yes, do be aware that with a drill your hands can get dirty - Fatal to threads!!!!! 

(Been there - Done that!!!  :( )  If it works - well keep going with it.!

On both your site shortcut and the one only take me to either shoes, and or an error page.  Is it my computer?  Thanks..


Elizabeth Ligeti said:

I, too have used a drill - but a hand drill! They work Ok, but a proper winder is better.

I have one similar to the one shown here (if you scroll down a short way) - http://www.joscolace.com.au/pages%20and%20css/tools-bobbin-lace.htm  

I think it is called a Newnham .

It works nicely with all sorts of bobbins - spangled ones as well as continentals.  Worth its weight in dollars, - that's for sure!!!


Not you, Barbara - I also got a "page not found" message when I tried to follow the link.  If I recall, it was a very awkward-looking device that cost way too much money.  


Barbara Gordon said:

On both your site shortcut and the one only take me to either shoes, and or an error page.  Is it my computer?  Thanks..


Elizabeth Ligeti said:

I, too have used a drill - but a hand drill! They work Ok, but a proper winder is better.

I have one similar to the one shown here (if you scroll down a short way) - http://www.joscolace.com.au/pages%20and%20css/tools-bobbin-lace.htm  

I think it is called a Newnham .

It works nicely with all sorts of bobbins - spangled ones as well as continentals.  Worth its weight in dollars, - that's for sure!!!

Thanks Kathleen....I purchase years ago one of the small pretty ones and then later a larger thing that is supposed to be able to wind all bobbins.  I love the first one, but the second one was a waste of money.  I have forgotten now how to even use it.  That was back one I first got into it.

This is the one I use all the time.



Kathleen Minniti said:


Not you, Barbara - I also got a "page not found" message when I tried to follow the link.  If I recall, it was a very awkward-looking device that cost way too much money.  


Barbara Gordon said:

On both your site shortcut and the one only take me to either shoes, and or an error page.  Is it my computer?  Thanks..


Elizabeth Ligeti said:

I, too have used a drill - but a hand drill! They work Ok, but a proper winder is better.

I have one similar to the one shown here (if you scroll down a short way) - http://www.joscolace.com.au/pages%20and%20css/tools-bobbin-lace.htm  

I think it is called a Newnham .

It works nicely with all sorts of bobbins - spangled ones as well as continentals.  Worth its weight in dollars, - that's for sure!!!

That was an old message, and Josco Lace no longer exists, I am afraid. sorry about that.  Her stock has been taken over by Cottons & Bobbins  a new supplier starting up, in Queensland, Australia.- http://lacemakingsupplies.com.au.  Not sure if the bobbin winders were sold or not. Joanne sold a lot of her stock before she closed down.

Just looked at the new web site, - and she only has an electric winder shown.

Try this link to Roseground in England  It shows the type of bobbin winder I have - works a treat, and never gives up!!  Yes it is 'manual" but never fails!!!!!!!  I give up before it does!!!!!!! :).

http://www.roseground.com/other-supplies/other-lacemaking-amp-gener...

RSS

Translate This Site

Notes

HOW THE SOFTWARE WORKS

Created by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 19, 2012 at 7:07pm. Last updated by Lorelei Halley Administrator Dec 9, 2014.

PHOTOS

Created by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 19, 2012 at 7:29pm. Last updated by Lorelei Halley Administrator Sep 2, 2014.

How to Post a Long Article

Created by Lorelei Halley Administrator Mar 7, 2013 at 4:47pm. Last updated by Lorelei Halley Administrator Mar 7, 2013.

COMMUNITY GUIDELINES

Created by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 19, 2012 at 6:58pm. Last updated by Lorelei Halley Administrator Dec 20, 2012.

How to embed a video on the IOLI site

Created by Tatman Jan 25, 2012 at 3:26pm. Last updated by Lorelei Halley Administrator Jan 25, 2012.

Groups

Members

Badge

Loading…

Other Events

Laurie Waters has a very substantial EVENTS list on lacenews.

http://lacenews.net/lace-event-calendars/).   

EU Cookie Directive

© 2018   Created by Lorelei Halley Administrator.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service