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  1. Comparing APQS Millie with Handi Quilter Infinity

    It looks like there is only about a thousand dollars difference in price until you add some options. Another way to look at it is what is the value of the machine you buy now going to be in five or ten years compared to the purchase price. I suspect the APQS will cost you less over that time period. Also there is quite often factory overhauled used APQS machines with new tables and warranty at a very good price. Check the events calendar for a Road Show or Quilt Show because they always have special show pricing. Having good tools always makes the job more pleasurable so buy the one you think is best for you. APQS always encourages us to service our own machines and is very good with detailed instructions should you ever have to do a repair. Just my 2 cents. Nigel
  2. Jim Erickson help

    I’ve talked to Jim about this a couple of times and all he did was install the hook and he had to fabricate a retaining finger. I think the original thought was there was not enough room for the M without moving the shaft down a little. That would have required gearbox work but it appears that is not necessary. He definitely made no changes to the gearbox. Nigel
  3. Going with Jim’s thought did you check the hook for in and out play as well? Nigel
  4. Has this happened to anyone?

    I don’t know about the fuse(s) on your machine. When they build machines to Canadian standards the motor is fused separately. I realize you are in the States but maybe the build them all the same now to make production simpler. Also check the brushes and blow the carbon dust out of the motor but make sure there isn’t a quilt anywhere near the machine when you do this. The dust gets everywhere. The instructions should be in your manual. A new brush is usually about a half inch long and recommended replacement at three eighths. Nigel
  5. Has this happened to anyone?

    I assume you checked fuses.
  6. Wow. Never had that happen to us. I suspect the broken piece of needle must jam between the hook and basket causing the basket to rotate and bend the finger. Good thing you keep spares. Nigel
  7. Never damaged a finger and we have broken way more than two needles between us. If you have the L bobbin the retaining finger is an L shape. Here is a picture of the M one looks to me like it has a slight bend. Nigel
  8. Needle

    Where I would be checking is the mag collar adjustment. Have a look in your manual and see if you can find it. It is not in the manual I have but was in the manual that went with the Millie we just sold so I can’t give you the proper instructions. Stopping in random places would lead me to think the collar has come loose and is moving around. If you don’t have it call the factory and they will help you diagnose the problem and email the exact instructions for the fix. If it is the mag collar it is not that hard to adjust. Also when you get a chance fillin your profile so we can see where you are, quite often another quilter nearby is willing to help. Nigel
  9. Needle

    Welcome Romi Please tell us which machine you have and the someone will be able to help you. Does it stop in random places or always the same place but wrong and you can’t pull up the thread? Nigel
  10. Machine drags with ruler base on

    Glad to help. I don’t remember where I read about this, could have been here or the Circle Lord instructions. Most of what I know I’ve picked up on this forum. Thanks for posting your solution to your problem. It will help somebody down the road. Nigel
  11. Machine drags with ruler base on

    Jamie Look to see if the drag is happening when the head is near the leveler bar. Can you get a finger up to the first knuckle between the base and the bar with a quilt on the machine? If not you probably should raise the bar. If you have a round leg table it is very easy to do, undo the bolt holding bar to the heim joint on the left side (should only be hand tight) and remove the bar, loosen the jam nut on the heim joint and unscrew the joint a couple of turns and tighten the jam nut back up. Do the same for the heim joint on the right side exactly the same number of turns then reinstall the roller and you should be good to go. If you have the quilt too loose it could be dragging on the base as well. I believe the table would have left the factory to work with the Hartley base but if you have added a Circle Lord or upgraded the wheels the machine height may have changed. Nigel
  12. Stitch Regulator on Millennium stitch length

    Hi Jamie Just to confirm if you want longer stitches in regulated mode you must reduce the number of stitches per inch on the gauge. If this is what you are doing and you are not seeing any difference between the maximum and minimum settings call service at the factory and they can walk you through the diagnostics and get you fixed up. Nigel
  13. needle position

    Nice offer Judy. I agree the U1 should be quite similar to your George. Nigel
  14. needle position

    My experience with damaged bobbins from needle strikes happened when the bobbin case was not inserted all the way. Do not hold the latch when inserting the case but just push it in with your thumb until you hear the click. If you try to move the head too fast for the motor speed you will get long stitches lots of needle flex and possibly needle breaks. The needle is inserted with the long groove facing you right? You also want at least an 18 gauge or MR 4.0 needle to start with as they will be a little stiffer and not break as easily as the finer sizes. Also let us know where you are, maybe someone close could see if the problem is mechanical or just part of the learning curve. Do we know if the machine sewed well when you got it? By chance does this machine have a stitch regulator, if so the needle positioning may need tweaking. Nigel
  15. Machine has been sold.

    Yes that is the guy. There was a thread here a month or so back about a customer who did a deal like this with him and the machine was far from perfect and I'm not sure if she has it working yet. It is a shame I've been on this site for more than 10 years and he is the only person here with a bad reputation I have heard of. Nigel
  16. Machine has been sold.

    Hope it is not Dave Jones. He no longer has a good reputation here. If you are unsure put his name into the search bar at the top of this page. Nigel
  17. ISO used Longarm

    Under used quilting machines not Global used quilting machines. Try this Nigel
  18. Did you try the email given? Member hasn’t been on this site for two and a half years. Nigel
  19. Top Thread Breaking

    Are you using thread that you have used successfully before? Needle in correctly? Try rethreading completely (never mind I see you have done that) When the thread snaps does the thread pull easily through the machine, I have a couple of Glide cones the the thread is not wound well and it gets hung up on itself. A tiny piece of broken thread in your hook can cause all kinds of grief as well so get out the good flashlight and magnifying glass. It won’t hurt to try the WD 40 clean and oil the hook. Just a couple of ideas Nigel
  20. Circle lord parts

    If you can’t find a stylus give Michael a call and I’m sure he will fix you right up. Nigel
  21. APQS Ultimate Long Arm--SOLD

    She had it posted twice and looks like it sold. Nigel
  22. Is the thread wrapped around the sensor in the correct direction? Nigel
  23. Long Arm reviews

    The professional machine manufacturers don’t care if you are using the machine for business the warranty will be the same but the others reduce their warranty for business use. Nigel
  24. My Dilemma

    Welcome Gail In my opinion I think the better deal would be a used professional quality machine like an APQS. If you find you don’t want to quilt after a couple of years the used APQS machine will be easier to sell and will depreciate less. The factory has wonderful support and encourages you to service the machine yourself. They will send detailed instructions with excellent pictures should you ever have to make repairs. Let the BC dealers and Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton know what you are looking for as they may hear of someone wanting to sell or upgrade to a newer machine. If you are patient a deal will come along. There is one for sale right now in Surrey but let it sit for a while, I don’t think it will sell for anywhere near the current asking price. Nigel
  25. Ultimate 2

    Do a Google search on how to load a guilt on a longarm and you will get a better explanation. If you want you can roll the top right side up on to the quilt top roller which is the upper one by the window. The back is attached upside down and rolled on to the roller closest to the window. The other end is attached to the take up roller. Nigel