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TUG is a motorized ball winder that winds yarn into balls (cakes.) Useful for knitters, weavers, yarn dyers and other fiber artists.
TUG is a motorized ball winder that winds yarn into balls (cakes.) Useful for knitters, weavers, yarn dyers and other fiber artists.
55 backers pledged $22,412 to help bring this project to life.

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We are Mitch and Julie. We used to make stuff together. Then we had a kid.

Julie left the woodshop and started weaving. Julie needed tools. 

Mitch, Julie and the kiddo
Mitch, Julie and the kiddo

Luckily together we have over 25 years of experience in woodworking, fabrication and design. 

In 2013 we began development of the Warping Square, a weaving tool that makes warping sectional looms easier. We started selling the Warping Square in 2014. 

Now we've developed an electric ball winder. 

After not being satisfied with the available designs on the market we began development of our ballwinder in 2016. 

Our criteria for the ball winder included: robust design, an automatic shutoff for tangles, easy to use (not finicky), variable speed, interchangeable heads, 12 volt - universal power supply, and an affordable price point without compromising quality.

Being fabricators ourselves we value both form and function in the tools we use. Mitch's motto is "If you haven't found an elegant solution you need to keep looking." With this prototype we've stopped looking. 

Introducing TUG.

TUG
TUG

TUG will wind whatever you've got - thick yarn, thin yarn, off of a swift, balls or cones, and do it without complaint. 

thick purple yarn
thick purple yarn

Features:

  • automatic shutoff for tangles
  • vibration dampening 
  • variable speed
  • soft start
  • interchangeable heads (we are currently developing cone winder and pirn winder heads)
  • sturdy clamping system for up to a 2" surface
  • adjustable yarn tensioning device
  • gear driven
  • yarn clip
  • universal power source

Now that we have the design perfected it's time to make it and we need your help! 

Timeline
Prior to TUG we have made everything in house. But TUG needed a special circuit board, so we had Adam Davis, a local electrical engineer, develop one. Circuit board production is estimated at 8 weeks. The rest of the parts will be fabricated by us. Once parts are completed it will take another 3 weeks to assemble and ship. 

Kickstarter Ends: End of August
Parts manufacturing: 8 weeks
Assembly: 3 weeks
Packaging and Shipping: 2 weeks
Estimated delivery: First week of December 2017

Budget (for a production run of 50)
Circuit Board - $5000
Other Parts & Supplies - $4000
Fabrication & Assembly - $3775
Instruction Manual - $750
Fees - $1475

Risks and challenges

We generally make everything in house and have a good idea of how long it takes. Risk comes when introducing outside sources - for this project it is outsourcing the circuit board. The company we are dealing with has given us a timeframe of 4-6 weeks, and we've created a 2 week buffer zone.

Other risks include too many initial orders for our first production run of 50. We've anticipated this by capping the number of rewards. If there is still demand we will create another reward with a spring delivery date.

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    Friendship bracelet

    Thanks for being our friend! This yarn bracelet will be hand twisted from Julie's hand dyed yarn. One size fits all!

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    The shirt off our backs

    We'll send you a new shirt, we promise. Eco-friendly cotton with our own Sawyer Bee design.

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    Get TUG

    Get your very own TUG at an introductory price!

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    TUG and t-shirt

    That's right, get TUG and our very special t-shirt.

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    Custom engraved TUG

    Get your very own TUG with your name or logo laser engraved on the aluminum top plate! Limited edition!

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    TUG and manual Warping Square

    Get your very own TUG and the Warping Square, our tool for warping a sectional loom. This is for the manual version. Save $100!
    (Shipping varies widely, if your shipping is less we will refund you the difference.)

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    TUG and motorized Warping Square

    Get your very own TUG and the Warping Square, our tool for warping a sectional loom. This is for the motorized version. Save $100!
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- (30 days)