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  1. Robyn Others have shortened their tables. Basically cut a foot off each end of the rails and drill new holes, then grind the weld that holds the end caps to the bars, shorten the bar and weld the caps back on. Then you will have to replace or shorten your leaders. If you are close to the factory check to see if they have a preowned set of rails and bars in the correct length. I got used 14 foot rails and new bars from them about five years ago and I think the price was about a thousand. Nigel
  2. I'm assuming neither table has or both have Bliss then yes you can do that. The legs will have to stay with the tables because the bars mount differently. Make sure you both inspect the rails well because if they are nicked or gouged the person receiving them will feel like the got a bad deal. The tubular legged table is easier to setup and get square because of how the bars attach in my opinion but once you get the square legged table properly set up it is fine. Nigel
  3. Pam What thread are you using? Is it breaking at points if so the Dwell may be set too high. How fast are you trying to stitch, I find I have to stitch Glide a little slower than So Fine or I get thread breaks but not that often. How old is your machine? Are the pigtails grooved, if so loosen the screw and rotate them 180 degrees so they are upside down until you get new ones. Try using your cell phone to record the thread path as it stitches, you may see the thread snagging when you playback. Does the thread shred before it breaks? Needle in backwards or bent? Nigel
  4. Amanda Tell us what part of Canada you never know there may be one around the corner. Nigel
  5. Lora It could be done. Do a google search for National two spool and you will see a hundred years ago it was done with domestic machines. I don't know how well the tension would be from the start to the end of the spool. Must be a reason it didn't catch on. Nigel
  6. There should have been 3 or 4 round bars about 2 inches in diameter about the same length as the table. Three of them should have canvas rolled onto them
  7. Denise If you can baste less than an eighth of an inch from the edge you will have almost no problems with the edge flipping over when the hopping foot comes back onto the quilt. If you are using IQ you could reset the clip on each row as you get to it so you finish right at the edge. I'm sure there are other methods as well. Nigel
  8. My setup is very similar to Matt Sparrow's original lighting. If I was doing it now I would use the LED fixtures rather than the fluorescent, I also have my lights plugged into a wireless switched outlet with the remote mounted near the quilt advance switches. Nigel
  9. I will send the timing link in a bit. I have to run out. Will try this. If not APQS homepage, click on support, click on service videos and scroll down second page and you will find it.
  10. Liz You don't have to live with it and it definitely can be fixed. First call your dealer, my thinking is this should be looked after by APQS since the machine is so new and it sounds like it left the factory this way. I suspect the hook needs to kiss the needle a little more passionately (when you see the timing video you will understand) because what you describe is classic needle flex. As a temporary fix try rotating the needle a little clockwise to what we call the 6:35 position and a shorter stitch length might help as well. Here is a link to timing but as I said I don't think it should really be your responsibility on a new machine unless you did something to cause the problem like jamming a rag in the hook while the machine is running. Been there. Done that. Nigel
  11. It is like driving a car, you want to look ahead and right to left gives the best forward visibility.
  12. From the rear side of the machine you would start at the right and move left. Brenda occasionally will do the first pass that way travel down the edge of the quilt and do the second pass in reverse. She started that after seeing me go both directions with the IQ. I've heard some owners of other brand machines say they can't go the reverse direction without breaking threads but I can't see any difference in stitch quality with either of ours. Nigel
  13. You shaft is different from mine so I don't know can you rotate the shaft 90 degrees and have the cutout on the shaft slide beside the hook shaft? From looking at your picture I suspect you may have to loosen the hook shaft collar and push the shaft back a little. Snug the collar screw back up after you push the shaft in so it doesn't get pushed too far by accident. After you get the hopping foot shaft in you can pull the hook shaft forward by the collar, make sure you have a hold of the shaft when you loosen and slide the collar back into place. Then tighten everything up reinstall the hook and you should be good to go. Maybe someone else will see an easier method to get there. Nigel
  14. Thanks for the update Pauline. Nigel