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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. I assume you used a slow blow type fuse, if not it will blow as soon as the motor starts. Nigel
  4. I agree with most of Cagey"s post except the minimum wage part. Quilting for hire is a skilled profession and needs to be priced accordingly maybe not like a Doctor or Lawyer but certainly more than a Walmart Greeter. One of the quilters I know who keeps very accurate time she spends on each quilt told me her custom quilting rate starts at 3 times her pantograph rate and goes up from there. Needless to say she makes a good income from quilting and you never hear her complain about making minimum wage or less on a job. Nigel
  5. Kimberly This question comes up at least once per year. The Turbo Winder does an excellent job but is it that much better than cheap ones that came with the less expensive APQS machines. Yes it is but there are alternatives. Ray at has winders similar to what Cagey has built for herself at a fair price. I have a similar one that works well as well as the Turbo Winder that came with our Millie. The Turbo Winder doesn't wind the steel bobbins that came with my Ultimate 1 but the other winder will do either. You probably already have an old domestic machine that will wind your bobbins you would just need a thread stand to hold the cones. Personally I wouldn't spend the money for the Turbo Winder but I am cheap, but if it is in your budget it is nice to use the best tools. JMO Nigel
  6. I suspect it is just tight because it is new. Needle down/up should take about one second. Unthread past the take up lever and run the machine in manual at a medium speed for five minutes or so and then check the up/down and see if it is quicker. It can be adjusted but unless it is really bad I wouldn't until you have some hours on it. As the machine breaks in it will get easier to rotate and therefore the needle up/down will get quicker. If you adjust it now you may have to adjust again after the machine breaks in. If the needle positioning speed is too fast the needle will keep cycling. If the room is cold that can affect it as well. Don't over oil the machine it makes a mess. One drop on the wicks when they are dry to the touch about once a month for us. Nigel
  7. Jim Erickson (he posts regularly) can suggest some improvements to the wooden table. I believe a new APQS table is probably more than you paid for your machine. If I remember correctly Jim has strengthened the frame and added the fourth bar, he also has fabricated electronic channel locks. Nigel
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    Linda i believe it is under settings, account settings, signature. Nigel
  9. So Fine top and bottom is our go to combination. All other combinations get referenced from there for example I run Glide about a turn and a half less tension. Nigel
  10. I haven't used it much but I think the trick is to back the upper tension way off and maybe use only two of the thre holes in the guide above the tension. After you thread the machine pull the thread through the needle towards the rear and release, if the thread springs back like a cork screw the tension is still too tight. Also slow down so the needle doesn't get so hot, it could be melting the thread as well. JMO Nigel
  11. I'm not sure of the best answer for this but I know I run my Intelliquilter at about 2.1 inches per second which is about 1300 stitches per minute. Brenda when doing pantographs by hand is much faster than that maybe not double the speed but close. So 1800 wouldn't work for us. Nigel
  12. Kim You should probably try the email in the ad. This is the seller's only post so he/she may not be checking back here often. I can see from the picture this table does not have Bliss but don't let that bother you it can be added later if you really need it. This machine has the power advance, channel locks, thread cutter and of course wonderful stitch regulation. Ask about the bobbin winder as I am not sure if the turbo winder was included when this would have been new, some older Millie's had an onboard winder ours came with both. I agree with Jim that this appears to be very good value especially with the CompuQuilter. Nigel
  13. Pat I believe the "smart" thinking was the L bobbin gave more consistent tension from full to empty. It has to do with the amount of difference in rotational speed obviously the M will have a greater difference in speed between full and empty. From what most are saying that have tried both they can't see a difference. Maybe this goes back to the days of the heavier steel bobbins. I don't know both of our machines still have the L. Another school of thought is most tension problems show up at a bobbin change so fewer changes fewer problems. See how unhelpful I can be. Nigel
  14. Well done Terry. I think that is the best use of Kaffeeklatsch Fassett fabrics I've seen so far. Nigel
  15. This is a steal for someone, IQs almost never come up for sale used. Nigel