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MSTX Tension Meter with Motorized Take-Up for Setting Sewing Machine & Creel Tension Setting

Made in Germany
MSTX Sewing Machine Tension Meter
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4 Ranges from 1 - 200 g/cN up to 1 - 2000 g/cN

The MSTX is a yarn tension meter with a motorized take-up spool designed for precise measurement and adjustment of the tension of sewing machines & creels. A smooth-running motorized spool and strain-gauge sensor allow machine operators to precisely set sewing machine tension thereby achieving the highest quality stitched seams and reducing the number of yarn breaks during production.

To control the tension at sewing machines as well as the take-off tension of shuttles.

The MSTX model includes many new features such as a backlit auto-rotating LCD display, choice of 3 display Modes (Large Numeric, Bar Graph, and Trend Graph), user-selected damping to minimize tension fluctuations, an internal sampling rate of 1000 Hz allowing you to capture the highest High & Low Peak values, auto-zero setting regardless of the orientation of tension meter, user-set Hi/Lo alarm limits, built-in memory for 60,000 data points with USB output supplied with TensionInspect Software and USB data transfer cable at no additional charge.


  • Motorized take-up fixture to have constant speed of the thread 8 meters/min
  • Suction-cup base for positioning the unit on the work plate when tension is measured at the sewing machine
  • Operates from rechargeable Li-Ion battery (includes USB charger)
  • Storage of last, average, MAX MIN, PEAK-MAX, PEAK-MIN values as well as statistical analysis (average value) during a user-selected period
  • User-set Min and Max alarms with indication on LCD if reading is out of limits
  • Memory for 60,000 data points with USB output with sample rates up to 1kHz
  • Five (5) Memory Modes; Statistics Only, Continuous, Fast and On-Demand
  • USB output for batch download or real-time data transfer to TensionInspect Software
  • Includes Tension Inspect Software at no additional charge; displays real-time readings on a PC or download stored data
  • Large, backlight LCD-display with 3 different displays: numeric, numeric with live load bar, numeric with trend graph (time vs. tension)
  • Selectable units of measurement: Grams, cN, Kg, daN, Lbs and Newtons (N)
  • User-adjustable DAMPING is used to minimize tension fluctuations
  • Made in Germany with 1-Year Warranty
  • NIST-Traceable Calibration Certification is optionally available


ModelMeasuring RangeCalibration Material*Take-Up Speed
MSTX-2001 - 200 g/cNPA: 0.12 mm Ø8 meters/min
MSTX-5001 - 500 g/cNPA: 0.20 mm Ø8 meters/min
MSTX-10001 - 1000 g/cNPA: 0.30 mm Ø8 meters/min
MSTX-20001 - 2000 g/cNPA: 0.50 mm Ø8 meters/min
*Suitable for 95 % of applications – PA = Polyamide Monofilament

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Accuracy± 1 % FS* ± 1 Digit (typical ± 0.5 % FS*)
Memory for Material Calibration CurvesFactory (1), User-Set (3)
Calibration Adjustment± 10 steps in 1 % increments
Measuring UnitscN, g, N, lb (user-selectable)
Over-rangeApprox. 110 % FS, without accuracy guarantee
Overload Protection200 % full scale
Measuring PrincipleStrain Gauge (full Bridge)
Measuring Roller Deflection0.5 mm, max
Display TypeColor Graphic LCD, TFT 128 x 160 pixels
Display update timeApprox. 2 times per second
Display ModesNumeric, Numeric with bargraph, X-Y-diagram (time vs tension)
DampingAdjustable electronic damping (averaging)
Output signalUSB, sample rate 200 Hz (max)
Memory60.000 values in up to 999 measuring periods
Memory Modes5 memory modes with statistical evaluation and PEAK capture
Memory Mode SStatistics Only
Memory Mode HX-Y Trend Graph Data
Memory Mode CContinuous logging over a user set time and max. 999 series of measurement at 2 samples/sec
Memory Mode FSame as "C" with sample rate of 200 Hz
Memory Mode DStorage of single readings On Demand
Vacuum baseAdjustable height for measuring position above working plate 120 to 220 mm
Temperature Coefficientless than ± 0.01 % FS* /°C
Temperature range10 - 45 °C
Air humidity85 % RH, max.
Power supplyLi-Ion battery (approx. 2 hr continuous use), charging time approx. 5 hr via AC-Adapter/Charger 100 - 240V AC, plug adapters (EU, USA, UK)
Housing MaterialsAluminium
Housing Dimension208 x 80 (124) x 106 mm (L x W x H) with Vacuum Base
Weight (MSTX/Base)Approx. 840 g / 500 g
Approx. Speed of Takeup110 - 140 rpm

Complete Kit

The MSTX tension meter is supplied as a complete kit including the motorized meter, suction cup base/post, TensionInspect Software, USB cable, AC adapter / charger, and instruction manual in a fitted carrying case.

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