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How do I keep my tufting machine running smoothly?Updated 7 months ago

The most basic element of machine maintenance is regularly oiling your tufting machine, regardless of the model. You should oil your machine about once a month (or more if you tuft frequently). We recommend using sewing machine oil (best option), 3-in-1 multipurpose oil, or another lubricating oil. 

To oil your low-pile machine (AK-I, AK-II, all DUOs, KRD): 

As a general rule, apply oil to every part of your low-pile machine that moves. On the AK-IAK-II, all DUO machines and KRD-I machines, apply a few drops of oil to the metal bars in front of and behind the white square bearings, and to the rotating bearings at the ends of the upper and lower machine bars. Turn the machine on to evenly distribute the oil, adding additional drops as needed until the machine runs smoothly. You can’t over-oil, so don’t be shy. 


To oil your high-pile machine (AK-III): 

High-pile machines need to be oiled more frequently than low-pile machines because they run at higher speeds. We recommend oiling your high-pile machine every few weeks. 

As a general rule, apply oil to every part of the AK-III that moves. Focus on the metal bars in front of and behind the white square bearings, and the blade near the needle. Turn the machine on to evenly distribute the oil, adding additional drops as needed until the machine runs smoothly. You can’t over-oil, so don’t be shy.  



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