(Warning: double post today)...enjoy!
As mentioned in my previous post, I ordered a ball winder and needed a swift. I did some research on the Internet and found the swifts to be quite expensive. In my search, I uncovered some instructions on making my own swift: from PVC tubes to coat hangers. I chose to go the coat hanger way. Here's my first DIY project, my lovely swift.
I found some of the items at my local Walmart. The Lazy Susan is made out of bamboo and there was a red tag on this item...big price reduction. The bag of 50 clothespin was $1.34. The 5-pack of heavy duty beige hangers was $1.50. I bought the 3 items for $9.84. I found the small box, the elastic, and the gripper pad in my sewing room.
As you can see I should be able to use different size hanks on my swift:
My cardboard box was actually 2 inches too large. I ended up cutting slits in the corners and letting the coat hangers drop into the slits and resting on the box. I may have to put some "weights" into the box to anchor the swift down. I guess that's what metal washers are for and I'm sure I can find some in the basement.
Now for those of you who are interested in making your own, there are wonderful instructions at webecca's blog where I got the idea from.