So after countless times of reading about how great the ATG was here in the forums, I finally gave in and bought it today. I used it without problems for the first time tonight. I must say it was much easier to load than expected after reading prior posts. It's "stickiness" is pretty good. And really, 2 cents per foot versus 9 cents per foot of my MyStik refills I love, I can't beat it. I do find it large, but it isn't as cumbersome as I first expected. So far so good!
I had the opportunity to use one during a class, a few years back. Darned if I could get use to the "hold the trigger in, then release the trigger to end/break the tape" so I gave up and went back to what ever I was use to using. More time passed and it came about that I needed to mass produce cards for something or other. Well back to the ATG.... I finally got the hang of the thing and bought one for myself using 1/2 tape for cards. The lady that originally had the ATG I learned on never did get the hang of it so she gave me hers. YEA, now I have two, one for scrapping 1/4 inch (ATG 714) and one for card making 1/2 inch (ATG 700) with non acid free tape. Don't know what I would do without either one of them!!!
LUCKY!!! I tried the scotch ATG Gun at MIcheals and it barley worked . I took it back and got and exchange and tried it again still had trouble the tape would mess up. I dont know how to describe my issues with it. Can anyone reccommend a great working atg????
Hey Mindy, I ordered mine direct from 3M in the UK, but they sell them here at a great price too.
It's strange that you had the same thing from Michael's not work. They should be the exact same product. You do have to have the correct tape though, not just any 1/4" double-sided tape. It has to be reverse-wound specifically for a dispenser, and it has to be loaded correctly, but that's not hard once you get the knack. There are plenty of videos on YouTube showing how to do it.
And using it, you have to hold the trigger in when you're rolling the dispenser, then let go and kid of pull the roller towards you just off the paper rather than lifting the roller off the paper. It's hard to describe, and the co-ordination does take a little practise. And it's harder if you're left-handed, because the tape will be on the side of the roller that you can't see. But I can use it in either hand now.
I just finished and changed out my first roll with no problems by following the instructions in the box. The ATG came with a box of refills, so I know I had the right ones. Pink ATG from HL. Some people have talked about having issues opening it; mine popped right open with no problems.
I have an ATG but cannot use it due to right thumb arthritis, it is just too heavy for me to handle. I am looking forward to the day I can use it because I have had rotten luck finding refills for all of my refillable glue runners.
BUT, in order to be able to use the ATG, I need thumb surgery that will have a 12 WEEK rehab time. 6 weeks in a hard case with a rod sticking out of my thumb, then they remove that and 6 weeks with a soft cast. I guess sometime in that last 6 weeks I will get some kind of PT.
BUT 12 weeks without crafting, gardening, bread making...what am I supposed to do with myself?
I am pathetically right handed. Other than for holding things steady, I have no idea what use my left hand is for.
I guess I must face it sometime, I can't even pull my vacuum backward without my thumb screaming. Hubby is supportive, I know I will have lots of help, but still 12 weeks? a rod sticking out of my hand? What if it gets caught on something? YIKES!
Sorry, I didn't mean to whine.
I am hoping to use the ATG as soon as I can. It seems the best of its kind.
I had to exchange my scotch atg gun in pink!!! Made me sooooo mad bc i love the idea of using one adhesive and it was my fave color!!! Does anyone have a suggestion on what brand works best??? I went to micheals and it sucked ( i tried two different ones) so i will try joanns next.
I hope you enjoy your final purchase. I have the pink ATG and do not have problems. While you are recovering from the surgery, I hope you can at least tap a few buttons with your good hand and watch some how to videos or get some ideas from the releases that will be coming from CHA.