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    Quilt path vs Intelliquilter

    Email her and ask but I thought it might just be cable ties. I think it should be part of the install kit. I have no idea though I don’t have the hydraulic lift. Nigel
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    Quilt path vs Intelliquilter

    Did you see Angela’s set up? The video says to contact her for a vitural demo. Looks like relocating your hydraulic lift is pretty straightforward. Nigel
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    Quilt path vs Intelliquilter

    I did my own install on my Ultimate 1 and I understand the Millie install would be even easier. You can do it if they still let you. Nigel
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    Quilt path vs Intelliquilter

    Mercedes Basically the Stiq if I remember correctly is an option to use your IQ software on your laptop to layout or edit the quilt pattern. It is not needed and I suspect few IQ owners even have it. You can do the same thing on the IQ tablet itself but could be advantageous if you wanted to show a customer your design idea while the IQ is busy working. The IQ tablet is Linux based and does not connect to the internet so no virus worries. Any updates or new patterns you would download them on your PC or Apple machine and put them on a thumb drive and load them to the IQ tablet. You can join the IQ forum for free and make a post telling us where you are and ask if there is someone close willing to demo their system, I know I would. There is also a demo site showing how to use the IQ called and the most recent stuff will be seen first. All the older stuff can still be done but some of it will have new simpler methods as the software has been updated. Lots of IQ members here also so tell us where you are and maybe someone is close. Nigel
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    Back right handle fell off

    Maybe you can loosen the two screws and take off the rest of the mount and take the two pieces to a local welder tomorrow have have them welded together. The paint on the handle will get messed up but you will be back in business until APQS gets you a replacement. Have you tried quilting with your left hand on the left handle and your right on the back of the machine. That’s how I used to do the Circle Lord templates on the Millie. I found it quite uncomfortable trying to hold both handles on the rear. You could probably use masking tape to hold the broken handle to the side of the machine so you can access the start/stop switch. How far are you from Matt Sparrow maybe he would take a handle of one of his machines to get you going. Nigel
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    2004 Millennium

    You might want to ad a price and contact info. Nigel
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    Long stitches quilt path pulling

    I can’t see any holes where the stitches should have been so I agree long stitches. Unplug an reconnect your horizontal encoder assuming the straight line in your second picture is vertical. Is the rubber wheel on the encoder making good contact with whatever it drives off, on our machine it drives off one of the carriage wheels? Is that carriage wheel tight or sloppy loose causing the encoder to lose contact. If that doesn’t locate your problem I think you are calling the factory on Monday for further help. Nigel
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    quilt path skipping stitches

    Are there needle holes where the stitch is supposed to be if so it is not a Quilt Path problem but if fact skipped stitches. Usually a timing issue and happens when the head moves toward the left and up. First thing would be a new needle as yours may be slightly bent, also set the eye of the new needle at the 6:35 position rather than straight ahead and this sometimes will compensate enough that you don’t have to retime. Stretchy fabrics can also cause this issue and that is why there a special needles with a ball point. If there are no holes where the missing stitches are and you are in stitch regulated mode that tends to be an encoder needing adjustment or malfunctioning. Nigel
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    Most of my issue the first time I did timing was I had previously taken a sewing machine repair class from Ray White ( and we were taught to get the hook as close to the needle as possible without touching which I did but I got skipped stitches going left and up. On the domestic machine the fabric feed will always push the needle towards the hook whereas the longarm being multidirectional sometimes you are pulling the needle away and the hook misses picking up the bobbin thread. APQS says the hook should kiss the needle and this does stop the skipped stitches but who are you kissing your aunt or your lover. Also on a domestic machine we were taught to use a timing tool or the marks if the machine has them to set the timing first and the needlebar height after. Since APQS uses neither they eyeball the height first and set the timing off that, your sweet spot could be a little different if the machine was set up by someone else. As I said I think you are probably very close to having it right. Timing is the hardest thing you will do maintaining your machine. Nigel
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    You said it stitched well for a while before the needle hit the hook so my thought was maybe you had some in and out play. So maybe it was needle flex when the collision happened which means the timing is real close. I am thinking the hook probably has to come a hair clockwise to get a little more gap around the thumb. Watch the video again and have another go at the timing. Before you make the screws tight rotate the flywheel by hand and look at the clearance at the thumb and then try setting the timing with the hook at the centre of the scarf instead of the lower quarter and check the clearance again. I think you will see quite a difference with such a slight adjustment. Only file if you need to, the gouges don’t matter it is the high spot around the gouge that may make it tough to position the hook. Personally I usually use a piece of 400 wet/dry sandpaper it works slower than a file. The first time I had to time took about four tries till I got it right. Should be part of your free lesson as just about everyone goes through this at least once. Let us know how you make out. Nigel
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    Is there any in and out play on the shaft, there shouldn’t be any? I assume you had the hook shaft collar off as well. You only have to touch the file on the shaft if there is a high spot preventing you from putting the hook back on. Nigel
  12. I believe it was Amy who told us of a customer with shredding problems after changing a needle. Turns out they had been using the same needle for years and the eye was well polished from all that use. The new needle was quite rough in comparison. After Amy got the customer to loosen the tension back to factory setting all was good. Nigel
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    Do you use two longarms?

    The last I heard from Crystal Smythe she was running four APQS machines at a time all with IntelliQuilter and I think she had a fifth machine as a spare. Nigel
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    Do you use two longarms?

    Denise, we used two machines for about seven years. We had the machines facing each other and would run pantographs on the computerized machine and Brenda would do mostly custom on the freehand machine. Before I retired Brenda would use both at the same time until I got home from work and then I would take over the computerized for the rest of the days work. She found that she couldn’t do double the work but one and a half was realistic without my help. Figure out how many custom jobs you want to do a week or month and start an appointment calendar, in our case one custom a week was enough and we could turn the pantographs around in less than two weeks so no appointment was necessary. Generally we would be one week ahead of schedule all the time just in case a machine went down and we had to wait for parts or one of us was ill for a few days or didn’t feel like working a day or two. The extra week also really keeps the stress down as well. I always keep spares for the more common needed parts and since both machines were APQS I only need one set. Kind of long winded but hope if gives you a couple of ideas. Nigel
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    Older Intelliquilter Book

    Was is Cristyn Merry “Use your IQ!: A Guide to Using Your Intelliquilter.” ? Nigel