OUT OF THE BOX
Before plugging your machine in, rotate the white gear to ensure it moves through smoothly.
Ensure that there are no loose bolts, screws or nuts.
Flip the power switch to the left before plugging it into the wall and rotate the speed knob anti-clockwise until it stops. Then, turn your machine on and while holding firmly press the trigger. This is for you to get used to what the machine will do while in use (and the moving parts to avoid).
STRETCHING YOUR FABRIC
When mounting the fabric to your frame, ensure that it's on as tight as possible. A common issue is it being on too loose.
Almost any yarn can be used, with varying amounts of strands. Adjustments for yarn sizes can be made with our tufting tip video on instagram @austuftingsupplies
Smooth yarn flow is essential to trouble free and happy tufting. Cones will make your life ten times easier as they smoothly unravel. We like to use an eyelet at the top of our frame.
While the machine is turned off, thread the yarn through the yarn feeder spring, then the needle head. Leave 5cm of yarn hanging past the needle head.
It's time to get tufting! Insert the needle head into the fabric and apply firm, perpendicular pressure on the pressure plate (more than you think). Press the trigger and allow the machine to move up slowly. Then release the trigger and remove the needle for the fabric (if its a loop pile machine now is your time to snip the yarn with scissors).
When starting out, it's best to work in horizontal and vertical lines. Once you get the hang of it, then it's time to move to curves. A little tip is short bursts of the trigger for complex/intricate shapes and patterns.
MAINTENANCE & CARE
To ensure that your machine keeps running long in to the future, it is essential to provide proper maintenance.
While the machine is unplugged, turn through the larger white gear (or silver for loop pile) by hand and make sure that it turns smoothly and easily. Also check the the scissors are coming out and closing at the furthest point from the needle
Make sure the 4 sliding rods are sufficiently lubricated with machine oil, this will help extend the life of your machine and prevent rust.
Ensure there is not tangled yarn in any of the mechanisms and dust off any yarn accumulation.
Dust off any yarn fibres around the machine
If necessary, add a few drops of machine oil on each sliding rod