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One of the many neat things about our line of swifts and skein-winders is that the user can easily reconfigure their yarn guides to best meet their needs. Plus,  when ordering a new swift or skein-winder, the buyer can specify that they want to substitute a double or triple yarn guide in lieu of the single guide. Our unit is probably the only system on the market that can be custom configured in this manner.

Our Flexi-Skeiner system is by far and away the most flexible and capable system on the market. A 3/8" stainless steel tube surrounds a 1/4" dia. steel bolt and is held in place using an aluminum sled assembly with an integrated braking system. When combined with all of the other excellent features of our Heavy Duty Swift and Skein-winder system, our system resembles a fine instrument more than a fiber tool. A classic NKK tool!  


Standard Guide - We offer a 5" wide single yarn guide on our Swifts and skein-winders. This is the standard configuration. But let's say that you know that there will be times when you want to wind or unwind 2 or 3 skeins at one time. You therefore have a choice of how to handle this requirement by purchasing one of the following options.

Complete - You can buy an extra Complete set of double or Triple guides and then you would have the ability to switch out the single guides and install the double or triple guides WITHOUT having to disassemble the Single guides that come with the unit. The following describes the differences between these systems.

All swifts and skein-winders include our standard Single 5" yarn guides. These are universally useful for most users. They include a 5 inch wide "zone" with which to wind your yarn onto or place a skein into. This size guide will hold a lot of yarn and most users will never need another size.

If you want to wind two or three skeins when using our skein-winder, then you have a few differe nt ways in which to do this.

Add-on - When purchasing a new swift or skein-winder you can substitute a Double or Triple Yarn Guide and have this replace the standard 5" guides. This means you will only receive either the Double or Triple guides and you will not receive the single guides with your order. This is called buying an Add-on at time of purchase. This is the lowest cost method overall for getting the capability to wind 2 or 3 skeins at a time.

If you would rather have both the standard 5"guides as well as a set of Triple (or Double) guides, then you will want to buy the
Complete set of Triples or Doubles. This is more expensive but you get 2 complete sets of guides and you will not have to disassemble your 5" guides in order to make triple guides. This is the most convenient but also the most expensive method.

Upgrade - The final way to get the capability to wind 2 or 3 skeins at a time is to buy the Double or Triple Upgrade. This consists of all of the components that you will need to convert your standard 5" guides into triple or double guides. It is easy and fun to switch between guides but it does take a few minutes to do it. This is the lowest cost method for having BOTH single and Triple (or Double) guides.

Upgrades were originally designed to allow our original swift customers to upgrade to our new Flexi-Skeiner system at the lowest possible cost.

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We also have High Capacity guides (7" wide zones) and these can also be bought as Complete, Upgrade, or Add-on guides. These extra-large guides are used to hold large qty's of yarn (up to a kilo). They have large end caps which prevent the yarn from going over the outer edge of the guide.

Custom guides - we have also made a 5 zone guide for a customer who wanted to wind small yardages into 5 zones. These zones were approximately 1.25" wide. These could be made available for a custom order.

We do limit the guide widths to using a 8" bolt assembly for a number of reasons: (1) we do not want to overstress the system with excessive amounts of yarn, and (2) 8" long bolts are the longest standard 1/4" dia. bolts that are available.

We do not have all of these options on the website yet so if you want one of these, please contact us.

All guides have separator disks and a circular end cap which are 1.25" high except the High Capacity guide which has a 2" high end cap.


Single 5" zone


Double 2 - 3.5" zones


Triple 3 - 2.3" zones


High Capacity 1 - 7" zone (newewr one jhas thinner plastic end cap




Note: A 5 zone unit is also available by special order. This has 5 small 1.3" zones with 1.25" high separator disks and end cap.


Note: Targeting the yarn into these multi-skein zones is tricky. You should use our Yarn Pet Trio for cones or one of our Swifts with an identical yarn guide setup or you may experience problems keeping the yarn in the respective zones during winding. However, you can make your own guide system by matching up the center to center distances.


Important Note for Triple Guide Users
If you use the Triple Flexi-skeiner yarn guide pictured above and you are using it on the table mounted skein-winder or swift, you will need a guide that directs the yarn into the Triple guides on the unit. We offer an optional Table Mounted Triple Guide pictured below. This unit can be slid in over the table (to be less obtrusive) or slid out over the floor in front of your skein-winder. Users of Triple Flexi-skeiner guides on a floor mounted unit do not need this unit because they will use the Triple Guide Post that comes with the floor stand option if they also order a set of Triple Flexi-skeiner guides at the time of purchase of the skein-winder.


Option
Add-on

# Zones/Size Zones

Stand-Alone

Assembly Reqd

Retail Price

Double Add-on (at time of initial purchase only)

2 - 3.5"

Yes

No

$54.00

Triple Add-on (at time of initial purchase only)

3 - 2.3"

Yes

No

$77.00

High Capacity Add-on (at time of initial purchase only)

1 - 7"

Yes

No

$44.00

Complete

Complete, Single (for existing customers)

1 - 5"

Yes

No

$109.00

Complete, Double

2 - 3.5"

Yes

No

$140.00

Complete, Triple

3 - 2.3"

Yes

No

$165.00

Complete, High Capacity

1 - 7"

Yes

No

$120.00

Upgrade

Upgrade, Single

1 - 5"

No

Yes

$37.00

Upgrade, Double

2 - 3.5"

No

Yes

$59.00

Upgrade, Triple

3 - 2.3"

No

Yes

$84.00

Upgrade, High Capacity

1 - 7"

No

Yes

$42.00

Table Mounted Triple Guide, optional

$65.00

Read this important notice on the proper use of our Flexi-Skeiner yarn guides.





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