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Jul 10, 2017 14:06:11   #
gawatoc
 
I have had the Stanwood ball winder for about a year and like it very much except for the static charge it gives off. Previously, I had a Brother winder that I had been using for 30+ years with no problems (fortunately I still have it). The Stanwood is on the same formica table in exactly the same place that the Brother was and I never once in all those years had static problems with the Brother. I called Stanwood to ask about it and the customer service guy acted like I'd lost my mind. Has anyone else had this issue and if so, how did you solve it? I'm about to take it down and go back to the Brother.
 
Jul 10, 2017 14:13:56   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
I think you should send it to me to test it out for a while. I'll give you a full report. : ) I am sure you haven't lost your mind (yet). : )
Jul 10, 2017 14:14:43   #
jinx (a regular here)
 
Never had the slightest problem. Have you tried it several times with different yarns?
Jul 10, 2017 14:16:12   #
Krunch
 
I've never had any trouble with my Stanwood, either, but I haven't wound any acrylics on it.
Jul 10, 2017 14:24:29   #
wendyacz
 
Perhaps giving the winder and the yarn a light spray of Static Guard, or "ground" the winder to the table leg so that the electricity is dispersed, like the straps that dangle from autos for folks that get car sick.

And no, you haven't lost your marbles...yet!
Jul 10, 2017 14:27:15   #
Neeterbug (a regular here)
 
No problem with my Stanwood.
 
Jul 10, 2017 14:33:29   #
gawatoc
 
Krunch wrote:
I've never had any trouble with my Stanwood, either, but I haven't wound any acrylics on it.


Thanks for your response. I only use wool or wool with nylon for socks.
Jul 10, 2017 14:37:08   #
Stephhy (a regular here)
 
No problem with mine, either. I see that you are in AZ; maybe part of it is due to low humidity/high heat over time? How do you store your yarn, assuming that is the yarn, not the winder.
Jul 10, 2017 14:40:05   #
gawatoc
 
wendyacz wrote:
Perhaps giving the winder and the yarn a light spray of Static Guard, or "ground" the winder to the table leg so that the electricity is dispersed, like the straps that dangle from autos for folks that get car sick.

And no, you haven't lost your marbles...yet!


Thanks for the suggestions. I'm going to try the static guard. I've never heard of straps that dangle from autos for car sickness, but then I don't get any kind of motion sickness, thank goodness.
Jul 10, 2017 14:43:35   #
gawatoc
 
Stephhy wrote:
No problem with mine, either. I see that you are in AZ; maybe part of it is due to low humidity/high heat over time? How do you store your yarn, assuming that is the yarn, not the winder.


Don't think it has anything to do with low humidity or storage as I never had a problem in the past and I have lived here for ten years.
Jul 10, 2017 14:46:49   #
gawatoc
 
jinx wrote:
Never had the slightest problem. Have you tried it several times with different yarns?


I've had it for a year and have wound many wool and wool nylon blends from different manufacturers.
 
Jul 10, 2017 14:48:10   #
gawatoc
 
gardenpoet wrote:
I think you should send it to me to test it out for a while. I'll give you a full report. : ) I am sure you haven't lost your mind (yet). : )


Ha ha, that would be a clear indication I really had lost my mind.
Jul 10, 2017 17:41:45   #
marilyngf (a regular here)
 
never had any problems with mine either
Jul 10, 2017 18:50:34   #
bokemom (a regular here)
 
You're not crazy, every once in a while I have the same problem winding yarn. It doesn't seem to matter what type of yarn, it just happens. I grounded my winder to a metal plate I clamp between the table and my winder. It's better, but somedays I still have problems, then I hold a dryer sheet in my hand and let the yarn run over that before it goes into the winder.
Jul 10, 2017 18:53:37   #
gardenpoet (a regular here)
 
gawatoc wrote:
Ha ha, that would be a clear indication I really had lost my mind.


Oh, darn, you caught on too quick. You are doing fine.

But, you know, when I visualized you using it to wind yarn, in combination with the idea of static electricity, I saw in my mind's eye an alternator such as is used in an automobile to generate electricity. I really think your wonder IS generating the static electricity because that's how alternators work (rudimentarily).

Is it bothersome? Doesn't it dissipate when you touch it?
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