bobbin winders for those of you who did not receive one
I usually have on hand some of the antique cast iron with
your sock machine.

There are two types of winders.  One type has spindles
that are approximately 3/8 inch diameter at the tip.  The
other type was manufactured for the Gearhart machines,
and has spindles that are approximately 3/16 inch diameter
at the tip.  The old belts have been replaced with new
rubber ones.

I am also offering new rubber drive bands.  See below for
description and price.

Please ask any questions you may have or order through
the 'Contact Me' page.

Scroll down the page for instructions on winding a bobbin
for good feeding to the sock machine.  

Contact me for availability.
Antique Cast Iron Bobbin Winders
$35.00 each + Shipping.

Shipping within the continntal US will be USPS Priority, and will be calculated
according to your location (domestic or foreign).   There are no
shipping/handling fees.            
The two photos below are of a typical antique
winder that came with many of the old machines.
The photos below are of a Gearhart winder.  Note
the smaller spindle.
Example of a properly wound wooden bobbin.
the end of the yarn to the bobbin, near the base.  Mount the winder in any way it is comfortable and
convenient for you to wind the yarn.  I like mine on the right side with the spindle facing left.  That
way I can sit right in front of it, holding the yarn with my left hand and cranking with my right.  If your
winding, keeping a bit of tension on the yarn.  Two important things:  (1) keep winding most of the
yarn toward the base of the bobbin*; and (2) make sure you have at least 2 inches of bobbin
showing above the top of your wound yarn**.  Once you have your "a ha!" about it, it's really easy
and not as complicated as it might sound.  If you have access to any sock machine people in your
area, ask them to show you how to do it (if they use their winders).

*You should wind up with a conical shape in your wound yarn.  You want to avoid a bulge in the
middle.  This makes the yarn hang up when knitting, and can cause dropped stitches.  Wind a
good bit at the bottom, and go up and back several times, then wind a good bit at the bottom, etc.

**If you let your yarn wind too far up, it could come off at the top and become a real mess.  You
would probably have to cut your yarn and wind the yarn from your bobbin into a ball and start all
over.  You also want to make sure that when your yarn is winding toward the top limit (you might
want to mark it on one of your bobbins until you get used to it), you don't allow your tension to relax
Rubber Drive Bands for Winders - Current Price (as of 08/2008)

$5.00 each ($4.00 + $1.00 USPS First Class Shipping within the continental US).