A good and stable tufting frame is essential when starting a new tufting project.
Make sure your frame is stable enough because you will be adding quite some pressure to it when tufting. You can find a complete self assembly frame on our webshop.
Stretching the cloth
Your cloth needs to be well stretched on the frame, again to provide a stable tufting surface so you can tuft the rug yarn consistently.
Carpet grippers on your frame are perfect when strechting your cloth. The nails on the grippers go through the cloth and keep it in place so you can stretch it very tightly. Other options are nailing or stapling the cloth to your frame.
The carpet grippers can be reused for every project and let you re-stretch the cloth during your project.
Make sure that you “feed” the yarn from above the tufting frame. This way you make sure that it is fed consistently and the yarn does not get in the way.
Consistent feeding is key to when you do not wish to rewire your gun all the time. Cones of yarn therefore often work better then balls because the yarn is more likely to give resistance.