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  1. Hi Lori Yes there is an IQ Yahoo group kind of similar to the APQS forum everyone welcome and it is free. Also on the IQ site there is a support page with most of the common issues and resolution. Here is another link to the training videos that can also be found on the IQ site. Some of the older stuff is not so relevant as there have been many upgrades to the software over the years and there is usually a quicker simpler method. Have fun checking out the options Nigel
  2. Marian i had to take the cover off mine to remember exactly what you can see in there. I think the visibility may be better from the left side. Here is a picture I just took showing the knife I use. If it is caught in the groove just behind the flywheel the blade will slip most of the way in there as well. If you can grab a tail with the tweezers and spray in some WD40 try pulling while reversing the flywheel. Nigel
  3. One more thing. If it happens again take the left side cover off like Oma did, it's much easier to remove. Nigel
  4. Marian Get an xacto knife or one of those knife type seam rippers and cut through as much of the tangle as you can. Then use tweezers and pull at the tails. Eventually you will get it all. This was a common occurrence before APQS included the flywheel cover. Nigel
  5. I've been thinking about this since Leslie first posted. One possibility comes to mind is the bobbin backlash spring (brake). When you insert the bobbin in the case the bobbin should be stick up slightly from the so when you put the case in the machine the bobbin is pushed slightly against the brake preventing backlash. You could also try using your cell phone to video record your thread path as you are quilting, I'll bet you can see the thread jump every time you get one of your knots on the back. It may give you a hint if something is happening on top causing your issues. Maybe the thread is snagging and releasing or you are getting a twist or knot passing through the tension discs. i really don't know just throwing it out there to see what sticks. Nigel Also I've had a hopping foot set too high that caused loops on the back. You could check that and up and down play.
  6. I think when you are new you check and recheck. After a while you get confident in your system and that's when you will make the mistake. It wasn't that long ago I loaded a backing sideways and ended up a few inches short, definitely got an earful from Brenda. Nigel
  7. Could it have been Warm & Plush? It sounds like a thicker version of Warm & Natural. Nigel
  8. There are two shafts in our machines that must stay in sync with each other. The upper one drives the needle and hopping foot and the lower drives the hook. As Jim said there are a few ways to accomplish this but using a toothed belt is probably the least expensive and also very reliable. Here is a couple of pictures from under the rear cover on our Millie. The first one you can see the end of the motor with a belt to the upper shaft. and also see the end of the lower shaft. The second picture shows the gear on the lower shaft and the belt that disappears inside going to the upper shaft. Hope this helps you visualize it. Nigel
  9. Thx Jim I was pretty sure you would comment on the Gammill. Nigel
  10. I've never heard of anyone changing the timing belt on a APQS machine. My Ulitimate 1 is 20 years old and the Millie is about 11 and both are still on the original belts. I've been inside my machines and I can't see changing the belt taking more than an hour. The belt is not listed on the APQS site so it is definitely not a common replacement. Maybe the belt is part of the 30 year maintenance service. Nigel
  11. Jim it is Equalizer by Intellistitch. My understanding is Fred Nolting contacted Zoltan and asked him if he could build a stitch regulator and that was the birth of Intellistitch. Nigel
  12. Asking $2000.00 for Ultimate 1

  13. Good for you Betty. You might consider posting a price as well. Nigel
  14. Not sure what you are trying to say. If you can't get the bobbin to feed after the single stitch take the bobbin out of the bobbin case and start over. Check that the backlash spring is seated. When you reinsert the bobbin case give the thread tail a pull and make sure it is free, I've had it get caught under the latch and under the backlash spring. If you can't bring up the thread when doing single stitch try replacing the needle it may be bent. If you are talking about top thread not feeding after the break unthread completely and start over. Sometimes when the top thread snaps it will spring back and and get caught in the spring on the tension assembly. I also have at least one cone of Glide that the thread hangs up on. Just a couple of ideas Nigel
  15. Judy Top right corner click your user name, click account settings and then on the left side click signature, make changes in box and click save underneath. I think I got it all Nigel