Using a Thread Zapper
Some people seem to have trouble with using thread zappers; getting through many tips and wearing the zapper out quickly. I have been using my zapper for years and have never changed a tip, so what am I doing that they are not? Read on!
The main reason a tip will wear out is from too much debris forming on the tip. This also makes it ineffective - your zapper will not be zapping your thread either making it pretty useless. So, how do we avoid this?
- First always preheat the tip. Switch it on and leave it for a few seconds to heat up before attempting to cut your thread. If you press a cold tip against the thread you won’t get a nice sharp cut and the thread will melt onto the tip – not at all what we want!
- Touch the tip against the thread where you want it to be cut. You are not supposed to be burning all the thread away, just like a pair of scissors you want to snip the thread.
- If you do get debris on your tip, heat it up again to burn this off. Don’t rub it, touch it or use a cloth to wipe, the wires are very fine and will damage.
So follow these tips and I can assure you, just like me, the thread zapper will be your friend and a trusty tool in your beaders stash.