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Old 09-02-2019, 09:50 AM   #1
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I have finally used up the very last roll of adhesive that I had. I believe its time to chunk this thing in the garbage. It seems that it wastes more tape than I use. It consistently jams up and I end up have to discard portions of unused adhesive and then the adhesive sometimes will start to stick to the case itself. I know I have it loaded correctly, trust me I have watched all the videos to make sure! Anyone else seem to have trouble with theirs? You know when it works, its a great thing. But I cannot go thru an entire roll without it messing up.
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i love my pink gun! What brand of tape are you using? I find that 3M tape is awful to work with. I buy tape from Tape Jungle and rarely have issues. I’m working on my 4th case of tape so I’ve gone through a lot of rolls.
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Old 09-02-2019, 08:14 PM   #3
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Yes, I have been using 3M tape. It's so frustrating. I just don't get why it gets clogged up on the lid. It's the weirdest thing. Maybe I will try to order some from Tape Jungle.
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I have finally used up the very last roll of adhesive that I had. I believe its time to chunk this thing in the garbage. It seems that it wastes more tape than I use. It consistently jams up and I end up have to discard portions of unused adhesive and then the adhesive sometimes will start to stick to the case itself. I know I have it loaded correctly, trust me I have watched all the videos to make sure! Anyone else seem to have trouble with theirs? You know when it works, its a great thing. But I cannot go thru an entire roll without it messing up.

I used to have the worst time when I used 3M tape as well, and ended up buying some off-brand ATG tape from the Tape Depot. There's a woman I know who buys a case and sells them for her cost. It is so much better and I almost never waste tape. Loading mine is still kind of a hassle, even though I've been doing it for 5 years, ha!

I started out with the pink ATG, but my husband ran over it in the car (just as I was packing to go to a crop, ugh). I was able to tape it back together enough to use it until I got the red version, which is a bit sturdier.


I can't imagine crafting without my trusty ATG now. I used to use the small Tombow mono adhesive tape runners and went through them so quickly.
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I've been using this trick for years, and not had any problems with my ATG as a result - no glue sticking to the dispenser, no tape slipping off the roll: airbornewife's stamping spot: The shim I use in my ATG's I have used the ribbon-roll cardboard, but you could use a couple of circle dies or just freehand-cut. It doesn't have to be pretty to be effective, lol.

Also, in case anyone is curious, I buy refills from Tape Jungle: Shop Scrapbook Tape | ATG Tape | Tape Jungle
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I too have these problems. I hate the bunching up of adhesive at the end of laying it down on the paper. I get some lumps! ugh! Going to try the suggestion of a different tape and the shim. Thanks ladies...
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I've been using this trick for years, and not had any problems with my ATG as a result - no glue sticking to the dispenser, no tape slipping off the roll: airbornewife's stamping spot: The shim I use in my ATG's I have used the ribbon-roll cardboard, but you could use a couple of circle dies or just freehand-cut. It doesn't have to be pretty to be effective, lol.

Also, in case anyone is curious, I buy refills from Tape Jungle: Shop Scrapbook Tape | ATG Tape | Tape Jungle

Oh my gosh!! I had never seen or heard of this, even though I used to read airbornewife's blog. Off to make one of these myself. I haven't had much trouble with my tapes but they do sometimes start sliding off the roller.
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Instead of the ribbon roll cardboard, I use the plastic core from an empty roll. Just lay it on top of the new roll. It keeps the new roll from moving and keeps it aligned on the rubber roller so you have more control in where the adhesive goes.

If you're getting boogers (that's why I call a lump of adhesive), try stopping about 1/2" from the edge of the paper. Instead of pull up to rip the adhesive, pull back parallel to the paper.
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Frustration big time... have found myself contemplating throwing the pink ATG gun across the room just to stop the madness with the tape. I tried the shim in the past but the tape still had issues. I finally quit using the gun and just using up the 3M tape by itself, which defeats the purpose of having an ATG tool. Thanks to the OP for posting this as I had thought about asking if any solutions. Will try the Tape Jungle tape. Appreciate the replies about that tape.

Sue, which of the tapes offered at Tape Jungle are you using? I'm thinking the Standard one would work for me as mainly just gluing paper.
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Frustration big time... have found myself contemplating throwing the pink ATG gun across the room just to stop the madness with the tape. I tried the shim in the past but the tape still had issues. I finally quit using the gun and just using up the 3M tape by itself, which defeats the purpose of having an ATG tool. Thanks to the OP for posting this as I had thought about asking if any solutions. Will try the Tape Jungle tape. Appreciate the replies about that tape.

Sue, which of the tapes offered at Tape Jungle are you using? I'm thinking the Standard one would work for me as mainly just gluing paper.

I got these, 1/4" wide for pink ATG, 12-pack: ATG Tape, Double Sided Scrapbook Tape - Wholesale
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Wow Sue, looks like the Tape Jungle has just about the same pricing as my current source and they have free shipping so it's even better. I usually buy 24 at a time and I still seem to go through it quickly! Have you experienced any of the rolls having a mishapen core? I once got a pack that had 2 rolls with a core that was mishapen, which meant it wouldn't fit down snugly on the ATG spindle. The recent orders that I got are just fine, and come off the roll better too.


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Awesome conversation and great tips ladies! Thank you all for your help. I was beginning to feel like I was the only one to ever complain about the ATG gun problem and yes, I was just about ready to chunk mine into the trash. Definitely going to look at purchasing my tape from sources mentioned!
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Wow Sue, looks like the Tape Jungle has just about the same pricing as my current source and they have free shipping so it's even better. I usually buy 24 at a time and I still seem to go through it quickly! Have you experienced any of the rolls having a mishapen core? I once got a pack that had 2 rolls with a core that was mishapen, which meant it wouldn't fit down snugly on the ATG spindle. The recent orders that I got are just fine, and come off the roll better too.


Thanks for the link!

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If you ever have issues with Tape Jungle, just contact them and they will replace those rolls.
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Good to know! So far I haven't had any issues, but you just never know...
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I have abandoned my ATG for SNAIL, 3M double sided tape, and Tombow glue. I have come to hate the ATG.
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I love my ATG! I am excited that you shared the Tape Jungle, Sue!!
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I love my ATG! I am excited that you shared the Tape Jungle, Sue!!

Yes, I'm also really happy that Sue told us about the Tape Jungle. In fact, I was so excited about that find, that I counted my ATG tape rolls to see if it's too early to order more. Well, I have 19 rolls to go...so yeah, even I can't justify ordering yet..ha!
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Tape Jungle usually has sales around the holidays so keep a watch for 10-20% off deals.
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This post truly stood out to me, as I have never been able to get mine to work. I was just thinking the other day of chucking it. Just like you all have said I made sure it was loaded correctly and even had my hubby (mr test engineer) do it also, and still it gets stuck all over etc. Plus I had to listen to my hubby's explanation of how the thing works. LOLOL That's the down side of asking him to fix something or help! LOLOLOL Usually as he explains I repeat " uh huh, yes I see" lol Ok tu ladies, I will try it again and get a refill and redo it. TU!! and do it MYSELF. LOLOLOL
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SueEllen, your post made me laugh. I am 100% dependent on having my DH put the tape in my ATG guns. (I have the red and the pink ones.) I gave up trying to put them in myself years ago. Every so often he will try to show me how to do it. I refuse to listen, and tell him consider it "job security". I said if I knew how to do it myself what would I need him for? (I know, that sounds awful, huh. lol We've been married 20 years if that makes it any better. )
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The Tape Jungle and The Tape Depot are owned by the same people, just located in different cities. When you order, make SURE you let them know if you have the red or pink ATG because there are more holes in the cores for adhesive that fits those models. If you don't specify this, you will get the core made for their brand of ATG which has fewer holes, and you will have problems!
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I use the tape without the gun. A lovely lady in the framing department at Hobby Lobby taught me that trick. When you first start the tape you will waste an inch or two till you get to the part that is not sticky on the outside. Once you get to that part it rolls like Scor-Tape on your projects. I will never use an ATG gun again.

I burnish the tape down with my finger. Then I pull off the backing. I have a beautiful line of tape on my projects. ATG was evil for me, lol.

Add me to the DH club of standing there with my ATG gun looking at him with sad deer eyes if he could fix it or reload it for me, lol.
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SueEllen, your post made me laugh. I am 100% dependent on having my DH put the tape in my ATG guns. (I have the red and the pink ones.) I gave up trying to put them in myself years ago. Every so often he will try to show me how to do it. I refuse to listen, and tell him consider it "job security". I said if I knew how to do it myself what would I need him for? (I know, that sounds awful, huh. lol We've been married 20 years if that makes it any better. )

If I had to depend on my DH to load my ATG, then I would have to resort to staples and glue!! That said, I had to watch the video of how to load it for the first 10 times that I put in a new tape...eek! I still have to sit there and look at the mechanism before I take the old core off...just to make sure that I put the new one on correctly. When my 9 year old granddaughter watched me put on a new tape roll, she thought I was doing it wrong because it's kind of counter-intuitive for those of us who are not mechanically minded!
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Dee Ann, I've used the tape without the gun when I had a few defective rolls with a crooked core. The core wouldn't fit snugly over the spindle so I had to make do by using it like regular scor-tape. The biggest problem for me was that the outside was sticky and the whole roll stuck to everything in sight (including my arm!)
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Dee Ann, I've used the tape without the gun when I had a few defective rolls with a crooked core. The core wouldn't fit snugly over the spindle so I had to make do by using it like regular scor-tape. The biggest problem for me was that the outside was sticky and the whole roll stuck to everything in sight (including my arm!)

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If you take your fingers and roll the sticky off the top it will become a normal tape roll with no sticky. The sticky will only be on the bottom part. If that makes any sense, lol. You will lose 2-3 inches of tape at the most. This is for Scotch's brand. I am not sure if the other brands would behave the same way. I do know there is a "reverse" tape that is sold I think at Tape Depot.
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