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|Hive13 Asset Tag: HV0289|
|Make/Model: Tuft The World AK1 Cut Pile Tufting Gun (google)|
|Arrival Date: 2/22|
|Does it work?: Yes|
|Certification Needed?: No|
Page is a work in progress- if its still in progress in June, please yell at Jackson
Purchased per the Tufting Gun Vote. This is a AK1 Cut Pile Tufting gun, used to shoot yarn into fabric to create rugs or tufted tapestries. It's used in conjunction with the Tuft the World Frame.
This is a reciprocating needle and scissors with few guards. Treat is as such. There are also plenty of moving parts- keep your digits away from them. Lastly, the frame is covered with sharp carpet tacks, they will grab your yarn, clothing or you.
Please unplug the gun before threading it!
To make a rug you'll need the following:
- Yarn (Must be on a cone)
- carpet adhesive
Clamp the frame to the edge of a table: be careful, the tacks are sharp!
Cut your monkscloth to size: the frame is apx. 30"x32", so cut to 34"x36"
Stretch your fabric out on the frame: the key is getting it as taught as possible. When you think it's tight enough, make it tighter.
Trace your pattern: remember you're drawing on the back of the rug, so your pattern needs to be flipped. The design will be hidden so don't worry about using a sharpie to outline the design.
Setup your yarn: the manufacturer recommends using two strands of yarn to eliminate having to make more passes- that's why there two dowels. Jackson recommends one strand of thick, cheap, acrylic yarn (think red heart brand). Your yarn has to be on a cone or it will not work. Put the cones on the dowels on the right and feed each strand through the eye hook above it. Be sure there's nothing that's going to snag- this will cause the yarn to eject out of the gun.
Thread the gun:(I WILL ADD PICTURES LATER) Run the yarn through the little loopy thing then through the needle- you'll need a needle threader for this part.
Stick the needle through your design- it's best to do a few practice runs outside the design to get the hang of it. Keeping the guard pushed taught up against the fabric, pull the trigger and start to move the gun. ALWAYS MOVE IN THE FORWARD DIRECTION. You'll get a feel for the speed pretty quick, just note that it's much easier to go along with the weave of the fabric rather than at an angle. Resist the urge to lighten pressure- this will cause the yarn to not seat fully and possibly pull out entirely.
When doing a section, outline it first, then do the middle in rows. The best way to get even rows is to line up the side of the guard with the last row you did. When you're done with a section, go to the other side and look and feel for any bald spots.
To Be Continued... }}