Adjusting the Scissor Closer for perfect cuts on a tufting machine

Having trouble with your tufting machine’s yarn not cutting properly? You’re not alone. This common issue can often be resolved by adjusting the scissor mechanism. In this post, I’ll guide you through the process of diagnosing and fixing most cutting issues with your tufting machine, ensuring your crafting continues smoothly.

Tools You’ll Need

  • A bag of replacement parts (included with your tufting machine)
  • Allen keys (also included with your machine)

Step 1: Inspecting the Scissor Closer The scissor closer, a critical metal part located at the top of the machine, plays a vital role in the cutting mechanism. It’s triggered every time the needle hits, causing the scissors to close. Begin by loosening the mechanism with an Allen key, ensuring it’s loose enough to move but not detached.

Step 2: Aligning the Gear Position the gear to the front at a 12:00 alignment, ensuring it’s fully forward and in line with the rest of the machine. This positioning is crucial for the correct functioning of the scissor mechanism.

Step 3: Adjusting the Scissor Closing Element With the gear in place, focus on the scissor closing element. Initially, the scissors will be open and the metal part unmovable. Close the scissors manually, which should allow the metal part to fall into place correctly. You’ll notice the scissor mechanism moving forward, and as you close the scissors, the metal part will retract. This movement is exactly what you want.

Step 4: Securing the Adjustment While applying pressure to ensure the metal part stays in position, tighten the mechanism with the Allen key. It’s important to make sure the part does not move during this process.

Step 5: Testing the Adjustment Manually rotate the gears to observe the scissor’s action. You should see the scissors opening as they retreat and closing (thus cutting) as they move forward. This motion indicates a successful adjustment.

Conclusion Adjusting the scissors on your tufting machine is a simple yet effective way to fix cutting issues. By following these steps, you can ensure your machine cuts yarn properly, maintaining the quality and efficiency of your tufting projects. Remember, regular maintenance and adjustments are key to the longevity and performance of your tufting machine. Happy tufting!