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Understanding the scissors of your tufting gun

A deeper dive in the working of your cut pile tufting gun! For this blogpost I took an authentic manual tufting machine to explain to you how the scissors of your tufting gun work. Although this machine is not electric, it has the same mechanism as most electric tufting guns and therefore helps you understand how it works. At first. this is what a manual tufting machine looks like. It has two handles, one to keep the gun in place and the other one to push the scissors and needle through the cloth.  It has...

What type of wool is good for rug making?

Even though your tufting gun can handle practically any yarn type, not every wool is suitable for durable rug making.  Wool is very popular in rug making. The beneficial properties of natural wool are unrivaled by any man-made (sythetic) fiber known today. This blogpost dives a bit deeper in the qualities of wool and where your rug wool comes from. Wool refers to the full fleece on the outside skin of sheep. The hair of the sheep can be divided into two types: The topcoat, aka the guard hair The undercoat The guard hair is...

Maintenance on your tufting gun: Lubrication

Your tufting gun is subjected to continious movement when you are using it. This causes frictional resistance, resistance that arises as a result of friction with the subsurface.  For your machine to run smoothly it is important to keep the frictional resisitance low. Only the slightest tension in these movements can cause the machine to become hot, even overheat, and eventually cause the motor to stop moving.  Compare it to exstensively rubbing on your skin, without oil the skin becomes hot and irritated.  To prevent this, the main aspect of maintenance is lubrication.. Proper lubrication makes all the...

Things to consider when designing a rug

Althoug rugmaking offer you tons of possibilities to design your dreams there are a few aspects that are good to consider before you start making your designs. Color availability You are often limited to a selection of colors. Althoug any color can be tailor made, this is not always everyones price range. It can be fun to start off with a color combination and design from this perspective. Some color combinations work surprisingly well and it doesn't always matter that a part of your design does not match the color that that specific item...

How much should I charge for my tufted rugs?

Tufting has become a booming business and so many artists have started offering custom rugs.  Are you also thinking about selling your rugs? How much will you charge for it? Pricing your rug is different from making rugs and its not everyones speciality nor hobby. Here is a quick guide on what to charge and where to sell. The better you understand how the hand tufted rug market works and where your rug fits into this picture. Just like any other product, hand tufted rugs are priced according to certain criteria such as your resume,...

5 essential differences between zq and td or ak tufting guns

Many people have a hard time deciding what tufting gun best feeds their needs. Besides the most obvious reason (Cut or loop tufting) there are several other essential differences in between the tufting guns. 1. Design The first thing you notice is ofcourse the design. It can be stated that the ZQ guns have a better finish and less exposed wires and movable parts. This decreases the risk of accidents and in my opinion gives it a better look and feel. 2. Speed control The TD or AK (blue) tufting guns have a speed...

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