Cut pile tufting guns: General information
We can divide the cut pile tufting guns into two groups, low and high pile.
Cut pile machines create a nice, soft and fluffy texture. As you can see on the picture below the lines will not be super sharp when tufted. That’s because the yarn is sort of puffing up. You can the sculpt it with a duckbill scissor (or a fabric scissor). With the duckbill scissor or a sheering tool you can cut it down and also sculpt the lines to generate sharper lines, an even surface or even nice three-dimensional carvings.
The Low Pile machines range from 7-21 mm. As you can see on the picture that’s a nice range to achieve some 3D texture.
You want to always clean your gun after using it. We recommend using an air compressor, if you have one, or with a brush. Just make sure all the tiny fiberparts are off of the machine.
Also you want to oil the machine approximately every month depending on how much you used it. You will realize once it’s not working so smoothly anymore and get a feel for it.
!!!Please don’t use sewing machine oil!!!!
It’s a common misunderstanding that sewing machine oil is a lubricant when it’s actually made for the gears to interlock and have some grip. What we need is the opposite! We want it to run super smooth. You can use knitting machine oil for example or any other lubricant. But specific sewing machine oil is not doing what it should do in a long term.
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