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  1. User Guide

    Steve Go to the APQS website at the top of this page. From there you will find a Support tab and in there you will find common service questions and service videos most of the stuff that is in the manual will be answered there. That should get you started until you find a manual. Is there anything specific you need help with? Ask here and someone will help. Call the factory and ask about a manual I’m pretty sure they can help you their support is great. Nigel
  2. The more info you can give us the better for someone to help you. How old is the machine or how many quilts have been done on it? Have you run this combination before successfully or is this the first time? Are you having the problem stitch regulated or manual, computerized or hand guided? Now both of our machines are old so the first thing we check when top thread shreds and breaks is the pig tail guides. Grab the thread above and below each guide and drag it around the inside of the guide and see if you can feel it catch where it might be wearing a groove into the guide. If you feel the groove loosen the screw and rotate the guide so it is upside down and tighten the screw back up. That will last for months and you can order some new guides. (Get extras as that is the most common wear item). The check spring can also get a groove worn into it but that usually takes a number of years of good use. Let us know how you make out. Nigel
  3. Check Spring Not Moving

    Melissa Before you take anything apart. Push the spring down with your finger, does it snap back? If so there is nothing wrong there. I reread your original post and you mentioned adjusting tension, if you have the tension backed way off that spring won’t deflect much if at all when pulling the thread through it. Try tightening about half a turn and see what happens. Fyi the purpose of that spring is to take the slack out of the thread when the needle is out of the fabric so the thread doesn’t get tangled around the needle. It actually doesn’t have much if any effect on the tension. Nigel
  4. batting costs

    We do it just like Linda charge by the linear inch and don’t undercut the Local Quilt Store. If the quilt is less than 48 wide we will usually cut the batting in half and charge accordingly and use the other piece on another customer’s baby quilt. Nigel
  5. Check Spring Not Moving

    Follow the threading instructions Cagey sent you. I’ll bet you have missed the shepherd hook. Nigel
  6. encoder wheels

    My broken wire was at one of the pins in the Molex connector. I managed to solder the wire to the pin because I didn't have any new pins at the time. I guess I should repair it properly, I think it's only been about six or seven years.
  7. Ultimate 1 Opportunity

    Jim is correct. I priced a new Bliss table about five years ago and I believe the price was around five thousand. I am sure you could get the table shortened for a couple of hundred. Nigel
  8. APQS Ultimate II For Sale

    Vicki Sue That looks like one of the original Lenni tables. Nigel
  9. Liberty Machine

    Welcome to the forum Diane. The Liberty has a 20 inch threat and most of the features of the Millie except the thread cutter if I remember correctly. The needle positioner can be stopped in the down or up position and to are a single stitch you push the button twice. APQS machines have the gearbox filled with grease for lubrication and noise suppression. Occasionally you may get an air pocket in the grease and the machine will get quite noisy. The solution is to repack the gearbox (not hard) and I suspect this has happened to the previous owner and that is why they have spare grease. Nigel
  10. encoder wheels

    I had a broken wire right at the plug for the encoder. Mostly it would make a connection but occasionally it would break and I would get a long stitch until it connected again. I found it by wiggling the wire to the encoder while moving the machine in regulated mode without thread. Nigel
  11. encoder wheels

    I changed them once in 12 years chasing a problem that wasn't the wheels so I would say almost never. Nigel
  12. ISO Ult I

    There is one for sale in Alberta at a very good price in Canadian dollars. Nigel
  13. Prewound Bobbins

    Lynn i use the Towa gauge with the prewounds but if you don't have one flip the bobbin over set the tension with the the drop test and then flip the bobbin back. Same setting as normal. Nigel
  14. M bobbins

    I would think preferably the solid side against the backlash spring. I have two winders that rotate opposite to each other so I've had the holes in and out and both seem to work. My steel bobbins don't have the notch for the drive spring so they don't work on the Turbo Winder. If you have bobbins with the notch they should be fine on the Turbo Winder. Nigel
  15. Directional Tension with the IQ

    It won't be an IQ issue, if anything the tension should be better with IQ because it operates a constant speed. When you say the tension on the front gets too tight what do you mean? Is the top thread laying on the top, are you breaking the top thread or are you just seeing the bobbin thread in the needle holes. Try setting your bobbin tension the way Jamie Wallen does and then adjust your upper tension to suit. It works for a lot of us. Nigel