Tuning a Liner Tattoo Machine- The Know How

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If you come across Tattoo Machines, you will see that they are equipment for precise and calibrated work to be done for quality body art. Any form of art work done requires effective and accurate machinery, and this happens to be one such machine for creating Tattoos. For a machine to work well, tuning it is very important. So, the tuning of the Liner Machine for Tattoo is important as it is the instrument for creating the outline of the tattoo. This is the area which is shaded much harder than rest of the regions of a Tattoo.
Instruments needed for tuning the Liner Machine: -


  • Rubber Gloves.
  • Small Screwdriver.
  • Blister pack of tattoo lining needles.
  • A Sterile tattoo machine tube.
  • Coil shims.
  • Latex gloves.

Firstly, you would need to hold the liner machine to your eye level. You should then press down on the armature bar to see if the top of the front coil is touching the armature bar when it comes down, before the rear coil can make connection with the armature bar. If they do not do so, or if it does hit the bar at the same time, then shimming of the coils is to be commenced. You can purchase the shims from the nearest hardware store. It shall raise the coil so that the bar on the front can touch the armature bar located below the rear coil. This gap between the front coil and armature bar should be a thickness of 1mm or the thickness of a dime.

Secondly, you should remove the retaining bar located on the contact screw, to be found at the top back of the tattoo machine. Adjust the speed of the Liner machine accordingly. If it is running slowly, then turn it to the left. This is preferable for lining. If it is going way too slow, then turn it to the right. Replace the retaining bar and see if the volt reading is around 6 volts. This is preferable for lining speed.

Next, you can adjust the spring tension to make a long or a short stroke. This controls the entire lining found in a tattoo.

Next, you should layout the tube, the needle blister pack and the rubber bands. Make sure that the needles are pointed and not flat.

Put on the latex gloves before you handle the machine. Clean the work area with a dispensable cloth and create a slight bend in the needle to counter the tension in the machine.

Next, slide the needles in the tube, and see if the curve is facing backwards in the sterile machine. Mount the needle with the hook end over the machine’s pin.

Lastly, you can wrap the rubber band in the arm of the needle to increase the tension of the needle. Now turn the machine on, and adjust the machine to the speed of lining that you need.

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