Winding Techniques, Tips & Maintenance

Tension Arm


Yarn Guide


Push the bottom of your cone on to the white line, no further.


1) To get more yardage on the cone, try adding another turn of yarn around the tension control arm, however, we recommend soft winding to prevent stretching or braking the yarn. Note: the winder will not run if the tension is too great!

2) To prevent bending the yarn guide out of position, please store your winder with a cone on the cone shaft.

3) Scott has added a “cone shaft line”. Push the bottom of your cone on to this line, no further. This will help with winding consistency and will help in pulling the cone off the cone shaft.

4) The Silver Needles Winder has a Knot Locator that finds knots and tangles in the yarn feeding the winder. When a knot or tangle is found, the Knot Locator will turn the winder off.

5)  The Knot Locator threads from left to right (not front to back) as you face the switch side of the winder. There is a video on youtube that shows the Knot Locator threaded incorrectly.

6) Q: “How do most people wind from commercial balls of yarn? I am putting the ball into a big jar on the floor, beneath the winder.”
A: It sounds like you are starting your unwind from the outside of the ball – no, no. Start from the center of the ball. Reach inside and pinch the center and pull it out. Sometimes you will get a big ball mess, sometimes a small ball mess! 😉 Find the start of this center and put that center on your cone and begin winding from there. If you wind from the outside you get ‘flip-flop’ tight tension-loose tension, which is no good. Starting from the center, once you get it going, is the way to do this. Shari

7) To quiet the winder, you may want to lubricate the chains with a bit of Lori Lin Knitting Machine Lube. Just use a tiny bit so you do not get lubricant on the yarn!

8) When pairing the winder with a swift, hand tension the yarn with slack to get the swift started and position the swift at the same level to smoothly feed the winder.

9) A line counter used for fishing can be used to count yarn yardage coming off of a larger cone. The line counter measures each foot of yarn as it passes through the counter. “I use the counter for weaving projects. It detects almost any type of yarn. I love the locking mechanism to lock yarn into the track. Very happy with counter.” item #lK-128715 or, about $12.00

Thank you to each fiber artist who has contributed ideas and pictures to our site!