Nowadays, hand-tufting has set off a craze in my life circle. My painter friends are keen on making tufted carpets recently.

Under their influence, I also began to try to cultivate this new interest. After coming into contact with tufting, I began to like it gradually.

As a beginner, I can now smoothly complete a complete tufting work. I encountered some difficulties in this process, so I also summarized some experience.

The purpose of this guide is to provide beginners with the following suggestions on the selection of materials.



Tufting Mahine

Tufting machines are divided into cut piles and loop piles. First of all, you have to figure out whether you prefer to cut piles or loop piles. After all, this is the tufting tool with the highest unit price before you start tufting. To me, the cut pile tufted carpet looks softer and more comfortable.


If you like both modes, you can also choose the two-in-one tufting gun  that both modes have. Of course, most beginners, I do not recommend that you buy this tufting gun.


First of all, to use this tufting gun, you need to switch back and forth between cut pile and circle pile modes. In fact, switching between the two modes is not simple. This is a big challenge for beginners.

Secondly, this two-in-one tufting gun is more expensive. It is more suitable for people with tufting experience.



Tufted cloth

After purchasing a tufting machine, you need to select a tufted cloth to operate on it.

In the beginning, I bought very cheap burlap for tufting to save money. But this kind of fabric is very laborious to use, once you can't control the strength, it will tear. Therefore, I do not recommend beginners to buy this fabric.

Later, I bought monk cloth and linen cloth for testing on the Internet. They are better than burlap, but I think monk cloth is the most suitable of the two.



Frame

When making a tufted carpet, you need a frame to hold the tufted cloth for you.

If you are a woodworker, it will be very simple to build a framework according to your needs.

But if you are not good at woodworking, I suggest you buy a tufted frame directly like me. This will save you a lot of time and energy.



Yarn

Yarn is one of the key factors affecting the tufting effect. It will directly affect the display of the finished product.

Yarns commonly used for tufting include acrylic, nylon, wool and cotton yarns. These are yarns that are more suitable for tufting. In order to make the best choice, I specifically consulted my friends how to choose yarn before buying yarn.


The price of acrylic yarn is very cheap, and beginners can buy it for tufting practice. However, this type of yarn may fall off easily when used.

Nylon yarn is stronger than acrylic fiber, but its softness is very poor. The softness and price of the cotton thread are more appropriate, but cotton products may easily fade.

The softest yarn is wool yarn, but this yarn is also the most expensive. After you become proficient in tufting skills, you can choose to use this yarn for tufting. The finished product made of wool yarn is very good for self-use or to give to friends.


Glue

At the end of tufting, you need to fix your work with glue. There are many choices of glue, such as PVC glue, synthetic rubber, latex and so on.

I have been using a latex purchased in the store next to my house, and I think it works well. You can choose the right latex according to your needs.