Winding Tapestry Bobbins and Lace Bobbins on the Schacht Bobbin Winder

The Schacht Double Ended bobbin winder comes in either hand or electric power. It comes standard with the heads to wind weaving bobbins. These heads come to a point, and go into the center of the bobbin to hold it steady while winding.

The optional lace tips are concave instead, allowing them to pressure hold the heads/tips of both tapestry and lace bobbins. You can either upgrade your current Schacht double ended winder with the lace heads, or order the electric winder with the lace heads already on it.

I find it works best to position the thread area of the receptacle towards the working end of the winder. The side by the handle or the motor.

To adjust the space between the front and back support, you just ease off the tension with the metal clip, and move the back support forward/back on the metal bars. This allows you to use bobbins on this winder of any length from 1.5″ to 10″.

The back end tip is on a spring, so you don’t have to set this tension each time. You can just push the tip back easily to remove the bobbin and insert another one.

To start the yarn, loop it over the bobbin, then twist the loop. This twist will hold the loop tight, and create drag, allowing it to grip the bobbin as you start to wind.

Then start winding. Fill the bobbin up evenly, in layers.

You can use this to wind both Tapestry bobbins and Lace bobbins. Here we show several shapes and styles of bobbins in the winder. English bobbins, square bobbins, Danish bobbins and spangled bobbins are shown here.

For bobbins with thin heads or tails, they may not grip in the winder as well. I found this to be an issue with the very small head on the spangled bobbin. A small square of leather or rubber band between the head and the bobbin winder tip solved that issue though.

This is a great option for those of us that wind a lot of non traditional spool style bobbins. The heads can be changed out, but it does involve removing the E-clip, so you won’t want to do it several times a day.

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