I have a Leclerc electric bobbin winder which is so difficult to use. It just runs too fast. So I am wondering if the attachment that controls the tension is worth buying? I find it extremely difficult to control the speed.
Also what do people use when they have a hank of silk which needs to eventually be wound onto a bobbin? Hope that makes sense. Thanks, Cinda
Does your bobbin winder have a foot peddle? Usually, they come with one. It’s so easy to put too much pressure on the foot pedal - you actually have to practice putting less pressure, which will slow it down. I often wind a skein of silk from my swift to the large Leclerc spools for storage and winding - it works like a charm! https://janestaffordtextiles.com/product/leclerc-styrene-spools/
When I teach the girls in the studio how to use the bobbin winder we do the following. They start with a bare foot. I get them to place their whole foot on the pedal, kind of grabbing the high end with their toes. They then start playing with the pedal without a bobbin on it so they learn to control the speed. You will find it easy to explore the feeling and speed. Once you feel you have it under control, then put the bobbin on and you’ll be golden. Let me knpw if this helps.
Thanks for replying. I have tried to control the pedal but that is the problem. It just goes too fast. I am wondering if the tension device for the Leclerc will slow it down.
The tension device puts tension on the thread so you can wind your yarn tighter without burning your fingers. It doesn't have anything to to with the foot pedal. Have you tried with your whole foot on the pedal gripping the end with your toes?
Thanks so much for replying. I have had the Leclerc winder for several years and I thought with time it would be easier. I wind it barefoot to try and have more control. Sometimes that works better. So I am still making some tangled bobbins at times. I am wondering if the tension device works well to slow things down. So interesting that weaving always comes back to the basics. Warp, bobbin winding, putting a good warp on the loom carefully.... Cinda