Configuring Scissor Closer + Opener for Cut Pile on Duo Tufting Machines

Adjusting your tufting machine for optimal cut pile performance is crucial for ensuring clean, precise cuts and the overall quality of your tufting projects. This guide will walk you through setting up the scissor opener and closer elements, which are vital for the machine’s ability to cut yarn properly.

Tools Needed

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

Step 1: Adjusting the Scissor Opener The scissor opener is responsible for allowing the scissors to open up after making a cut, preparing them for the next cut. Start by slightly loosening the scissor opener with an Allen key. The goal is to make it loose enough to adjust without risking the screw falling out. This balance ensures that all parts remain secure while allowing for necessary adjustments.

Step 2: Adjusting the Scissor Closer The scissor closer is a metal element that forces the scissors to close when the tufting needle makes contact, cutting the yarn. Use a different Allen key to loosen this part just enough so you can move it for adjustments without completely detaching it.

Step 3: Setting the Big Gear Positioning the big gear correctly is crucial for the timing of the cut. You want the gear to be set at what’s described as 6:00 – meaning the connected screw should be as far back as possible. This positioning ensures the gear’s optimal function in relation to the scissor mechanism.

Step 4: Finalizing the Scissor Opener Position With the gear at 6:00, push the scissor opener as far forward as possible until it begins to engage with the scissor mechanism. Once in the correct position, tighten it to secure its placement. This adjustment ensures that the opener will reliably allow the scissors to open for each new cut.

Step 5: Finalizing the Scissor Closer Position For the scissor closer, manually close the scissors to align the metal part correctly, then secure it in place. This precise adjustment ensures that the scissor closer will effectively cut the yarn as intended during operation.

Step 6: Testing the Adjustments After all adjustments have been made, manually rotate the gears to observe the operation. The scissors should open as they retreat and close (cutting the yarn) as they move forward. This test confirms that the adjustments have been successful.

Conclusion Properly adjusting the scissor opener and closer on your tufting machine is key to achieving clean, consistent cuts and maintaining the quality of your work. While this process requires a delicate touch and a good understanding of the machine’s mechanics, it’s essential for anyone looking to get the most out of their tufting projects. Remember, patience and precision are your best tools in ensuring these adjustments are made correctly.