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How to Refill Your ATG

Refill your ATG

Hi All!

I’ve been meaning to post this video for some time… step by step instructions for refilling your ATG tape runner. This tutorial works for both the red 714 and the pink ATG.

I had often wondered about the Pink ATG, which is significantly cheaper, also made by 3M, and appears to be the same tool as the 714. I’ve read that the 714 is made for commercial use and the Pink ATG is made for consumers. I had an opportunity to sit down with both guns to compare them. There appears to be no difference in function. Same tape, same threading, same application, same structure. I even took one of my refills and put it into the Pink ATG and it was the same. The only difference I could tell was weight. The 714 seems just slightly, slightly lighter than the Pink ATG. Is it worth the difference in price? I would vote no.

Don’t forget that today is the last day to let me know what craft box you are interested in for my Crafty Items Sale. I’ve been updating the post with the most popular boxes. I will draw the names on Wednesday. Good luck!

Anyway, enjoy the tutorial and have a great week!



  1. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 12:41 pm


    Ya know what’s funny? Except fot the very last time that I loaded up my ATG…I always had to refer to the video. HAHA This is a nice and simple video with the least amount of confusion. Thanks Darlene!!

  2. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 1:21 pm


    Darlene, I don’t have one of this tape guns, I use good old fashioned glue, I like to have the wiggle of the glue to position my panels before I commit to press them down, the tape on this adhesive guns is so strong that I feel I have no chance to correct myself if my paper is crocked, which is sometimes.
    But your video is fabulous, excellently explained, better than trying to figure our the directions on the package.

  3. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Diane Fitzgerald

    Thank You Thank You for this tutorial I must admit that every time I put a refill in I wasted quite a bit of it before it was properly installed,now all I’ll have to do is refer to your explicit tutorial!

  4. wrote on September 15th, 2015 at 4:00 pm


    Great tutorial Darlene..I always forget how to load my 714 and have to find a tut!
    This is so clear and to the point…thank you so much!

  5. wrote on September 16th, 2015 at 2:14 pm


    thank you for this tutorial it would have been a lot easier to follow this than try to figure it out like I had to.

    I have the pink one and have a question.As I use it, I notice that the tape seems to start to move to the left of the mechanism and will even fall off the rollers! I have to constantly open it up and re-align the tape. Is there something wrong with mine or do you think its user error? any help would be great

    • wrote on September 16th, 2015 at 9:30 pm

      Kylie Adams

      I have the same problem with mine. It drives me crazy. I cannot work out how to fix it either. I tried popping a piece of card inside to stop it moving, but that didn’t work. If anyone has suggestions I’d love that too 🙂

    • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:23 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Personally, I haven’t had this issue. Maybe this is a dumb question, but are you sure both wheels are secured in place? Including the black piece that fits on top of the back wheel that receives the used tape?

      • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:25 pm


        Yes I am positive. I have refilled it several times and have always had this issue. I wonder if there Is something actually wrong with mine.

        • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:37 pm

          Darlene DeVries

          Sarah, see Candace’s solution below!

  6. wrote on September 18th, 2015 at 2:11 am


    Why do you like this gun? It just seems so big! Is it relatively easy to use? Thanks, Darlene.

    • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      At the beginning, I felt the same way as you, Amy! It is a little cumbersome at first. But seriously, over time you don’t notice it at all. I even use it for small applications now. I was going through so many of those little tape runners that I wanted to find something more economical AND something I could use where I didn’t have to go out and buy more all the time. I love mine.

  7. wrote on September 18th, 2015 at 6:04 am

    Candace Oliver

    THANK YOU, Darlene!
    I have never been able to figure out how to wrap the lead around the wheel at the end – watching your video, I now can’t believe how easy it is.

    I have found a great solution for the ‘tape slipping’ problem on Airborne Wife’s Stamping Blog. All you need is one of the card stock circles from a standard roll of Stampin’ Up! ribbon. I’ve been using one for over a year and it’s worked perfectly. I have a little diagram that helps, but I don’t think I can upload it.

    To see Pam’s clear and more detailed instructions,
    Copy and paste:
    >>http://airbornewifestamping.blogspot.ca/2011/12/shim-i-use-in-my-atg-guns.html <<

    My Pink AGT had the most horrible squeak – so bad I hesitated to use it in the day time and NEVER used it at night. It always made my two dogs bark. I'm afraid that I don't know where I got this tip, but it really works – and I used the smallest amount of petroleum jelly because I was sure it was going to destroy my AGT.

    Squeaky AGT Wheel

    1: You will need a squeaky ATG gun, some petroleum jelly, a few cotton swabs, and a Phillips head screwdriver.

    2: Open the clear cover on your ATG.

    3: If you have tape in your ATG, remove it from the front rollers.

    4: Unscrew the screws in both the front rollers.

    5: Slide the front rollers off the metal posts.

    6: Get a small amount of petroleum jelly on a cotton swab.

    7: Rub a thin coating of petroleum jelly on both metal posts.

    8: Replace the front rollers and screw back into place.(Remember the smooth roller is the outer roller.) Replace the tape, and close the clear lid of your ATG. Run a few rows of ATG tape on some scrap paper to get the rollers moving. Your ATG should be squeak-free now.

    And one more comment about Adhesive – I know that many people avoid glue runners because they are "Quick to Grip" – many mention discarding materials that get stuck together in a less than straight, sometimes outright crooked position. I have had great success using my heat gun to release seriously stuck card on card – up to four layers – the layers do curl and I place each part between waxed paper until I am ready to reassemble. I will admit that I usually use Tombow to put them back together as it is really tricky to run a glue runner over the previous glue run.

    Sorry this is so long but I get excited when topics I actually know anything about come up for discussion.

    • wrote on September 19th, 2015 at 12:33 pm

      Darlene DeVries

      Thank you for all that information Candace – so helpful! I’m intrigued by your trick of using the heat tool to separate the layers. It seems like I have to re-do layers a lot. Next time I will try that!

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