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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
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    How do I update a post?

    Susan At the bottom of a post you have made will be an edit button and a quote button. Click on the edit and make your changes. Nigel
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    ISO longarm for newbie Ontario

    Mine will probably be available after the summer if you don’t find one sooner. Also check with Tracey Russell at Whirls and Swirls in Oshawa, she may have someone upgrading. Nigel
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    What size UPS for the Milli?

    Have a read in this topic. It is a question that comes up often. I think this was the latest info. Nigel
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    APQS Ultimate II not for sale

    The other people to call for a stitch regulator is Nolting. They used Intellistitch on their machines for years and will do an install on any brand. Nigel
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    Brake issues

    If you use an Allen key underneath to hold the screw then you can rotate the handle clockwise to tighten. I use some blue locktite on the threads to stop the handle from loosening. Also the curved part of the clamp goes around the backing roller not the top roller. Nigel
  9. You can sew or baste some scrap fabric to the back all the way around to use as leaders to attach to. This still requires the back to be an inch larger than the top. If you do this make sure you add the pita charge to the bill. We often tell customers to do this when the back is slightly smaller than we require. Nigel
  10. Thanks for posting your solution. It will probably help someone in the future. Nigel
  11. And to state the obvious it is plugged in and the fuse is good? Did you remove the handles for transport? If so recheck the connections. I think that is all I have. Nigel
  12. Is the speed dial turned up. If I remember correctly the speed can be turned to zero. Nigel
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    Lenni getss stuck in high

    Are you computerized? The reason I ask is you said the machine won’t move and the regulator seems stuck in high. It shouldn’t be stitching if you are not moving. By chance are you in manual? Don’t be afraid to call APQS for help, they have no problem providing support no matter how old the machine is. As for the machine getting stuck when it happens look to see if you can see why before moving it away from that spot, something blocking a wheel, a power cord snagged, if you have the old table with the vertical wheels is there a dent in the rail? Hope this helps you eliminate a few things. Nigel
  14. Intelliquilter will work quite well on that machine. That was the first thing I did to mine after I bought it and I’ve done hundreds of quilts since. Nigel
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    Skipped stitches and top thread breaking...

    Hi Bobbie there sure is.From the APQS main page click on Support then Service videos and have a look most of the common stuff is there. The finger adjustment is the last part of the timing process. Here is a link to the video Nigel
  16. Brenda has a featherweight and I’ve used the Singer 301. The 301 has a built in handle and weighs about the same as a featherweight in it’s case. They both use the same bobbins and hook. My 301 came in a table and snaps in and out of the table in seconds. My complaint with the featherweight has been every time I found one for myself someone wanted to buy it off me. Nigel
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    needle bar

    If you are talking out needlebar height look on this timing video starting around the 26 minute mark. Nigel
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    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
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    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
  20. Going with Jim’s thought did you check the hook for in and out play as well? Nigel
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    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
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    Has this happened to anyone?

    I assume you checked fuses.
  23. 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
  24. 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
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    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