A complete guide on how to use our rug tufting machine.
Our instruction manual for using your new rug tufting gun is included free and can be downloaded here. We don't offer physical copies as this only adds unnecessary garbage to your life.
Below are videos demonstrating how to use your new rug tufting tool.
To begin, here are the parts of your rug tufting machine.
Build a simple frame or loom:
A quick video showing my latest rug tufting frame. Believe it, or not this frame only cost me about $25.
- 2" x 3" x 96" lumber (5 needed and cost about $3.00 each)
- Carpet tack strips (6 strips total needed, packs of 3 cost $2.50)
- 2.5" long screws for frame construction
- 1.25" long screws for leg braces
- Total cost was approx $25
We recommend our Primary tufting cloth, which is 60% polyester, 40% cotton fabric with an open weave. It's durable enough for all machine tufting.
Transfer your design to the monk's cloth.
Your design can be either hand drawn or digitally created. If it's digitally created you'll need a projector of some sort to project your design onto the monk's cloth. This is completely unnecessary, though. Your design can easily be drawn directly on the the fabric with a marker. Remember you're working the rug from the back so don't worry about marks showing through.
Organize your yarn.
We recommend choosing your colors before starting the tufting process. This will allow you to focus exclusively on tufting when you get started. Another tip is to label the shapes on the monk's cloth with the corresponding yarn color. Sometimes it can be confusing when your tufting.
You'll first need to know who to thread your machine.
It's also helpful to know how to set the pile height of the rug tufting machine.
The two most important points are: 1. Always apply significant pressure with the tufting machine against the backing cloth. If consistent pressure isn't applied the yarn will be pushed towards you instead of away and will create inconsistent pile height. 2. Rotate the tufting machine in the direction you want to go, keeping the foot in front. The foot is the curved metal part near the needle.
Adjusting the pile height.
Cut pile: 7-21 mm, Loop pile: 4-14 mm
Finishing your rug.
After completing the tufting process your yarn tufts will need to be secured to the back. This is typically done with an adhesive of some sort. Any glue will work, but generally a carpet adhesive is used. The important thing is that the ends of the yarn are secured so they won't pull out of the backing. In addition to applying glue many people choose to stick a backing fabric onto the glue while it's still wet. This will vary depending on what the final application is.
Watch a demonstration on how to finish your hand tufted rug below.