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  1. barbm

    Quilt path won't plot safe area

    Are you on the QP Facebook Page? And re: your issue: first thing to check are your clamps - are they fully engaged? That would mean straight up and then a bit over the top to lock - both of them. Is the stepping motor mounted on your table plugged in? There are two cords that run from your power "bundle" to that motor - one has a molex (white) connection, the other has a phone cord-type connection. Unplug both of those and replug them to make sure they are fully seated. Then do the same thing with all the plugs that are plugged into the back part of your carriage - unplug and replug. All this should be done with your carriage, head and QP powered down, then start everything up, in that order - carriage on (switch lights up), head powered on, then tablet powered on. Set your clamps and engage QP. If none of that works, call APQS Service in the morning and describe each step that you've taken. Better yet, get on the QP FB page and get help ASAP. To do that, send a friend request to one of the admins - myself, Heidi Patterson or Angela Hugli Clark - and we'll get you added. Your APQS Rep should be able to add you, as well.
  2. Leanne, first of all, there's a video on YouTube about Importing Patterns on the APQS Quilt Path channel. But to answer your question, GPF is QP's native format and just needs to be copied into the Patterns folder on your tablet. The other formats need to be imported using the Import PlugIn in Design & Create/Pattern.
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    Quilt Path Manual

    Christine, have you watched the APQS Quilt Path videos on YouTube? Lots of great info there. And we need to get you on the Quilt Path User Group page on Facebook. If you will find me on Facebook (Barbara Mayfield/Barbara Jeanne Potter), and send me a Friend Request, I'll get you added. That being said, that page is only available to actual APQS Quilt Path owners - owners of other Grace Co. products (Quilt Motion, Quilter's Creative Touch, Nolting's Quiltmagine, etc.) will have to work with their machine manufacturers for further support.
  4. Put furniture sliders under your table legs. Two people should be able to move it easily!
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    Lenni thread diagram

    Do you not have a manual, Dan? Either on CD or thumbdrive? The thread path is in there.
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    Normal, I think. Haven't heard of Specialist...
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    New to Quilt Path!

    Send a friend request to me and I'll get you added! Look for Barbara Mayfield (Barbara Jeanne Potter) - try to ignore the photos of my cute grandboys!
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    ? About Laser Light on '09 Freedom

    Marci, the laser will stay on when the machine is powered on. If you don't want it shining, just pull the plug! Happy Thanksgiving!
  9. That's a good suggestion, Pamela! If someone from your Guild (or Show committee) contacted APQS, I'm betting they would be thrilled to send you a stack of brochures for your literature table!
  10. A few words from someone who has done local and regional quilt shows (as an APQS Representative): As Madelyn said, APQS Corporate is stretched thin with the national shows (AQS, PIQF, Road to CA, etc.) and the cost to truck in a booth full of equipment, literature, quilts, racks & stands and other booth trappings is enormous. APQS depends on its local Reps or Stores to participate (or not) as vendors at smaller shows, but even then, the cost is often prohibitive. Not all Reps have enough equipment to participate effectively as a vendor and find it difficult to justify renting additional machines/tables from APQS in Iowa. And not everyone is interested in interacting with the quilting public at a show. Another issue: my local Rusty Barn shows aren't limited to quilting-related interests. In fact, more than half of their classes (and vendors) are either garment or fiber related (knitting, embellishment, etc.), which means the attendees are less likely to be quilters. The cost of being a vendor, including the booth fee (which can run several thousand dollars), has to be weighed against the possibility of sales at that show. I agree that it would be awesome to have an APQS booth, with all the machines, at every Quilt Show! Is that likely to happen? I'm afraid not...
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    APQS machine services

    Dave Jones has been known to travel to service or deliver machines, Sue, but right now there's some concern about his ability to deliver what he promises. There are several of us that are willing to travel to do Machine Services - I've been to Alaska once and Hawaii several times to do service and training for APQS owners. There are others, as well. If you're a member of the We Love APQS Facebook group, that would be an excellent place to ask for traveling servicefolks - it's watched more diligently by reps than this forum is!
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    Renaissance Wax Polish

    APQS may have advocated waxing the rails in the early days but not now - like Linnea says, just a regular wipe with a damp cloth or piece of batting will take care of the rails. Wheels might take a little more elbow grease, but they shouldn't be waxed, either!!
  13. Shipping two tables - or even one table - will be horribly expensive. You might consider cutting your 14-foot rollers and rails down to whatever length suits you best. Any reputable welder will be able to do it for you for a few hundred dollars.
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    Free Claudio Pfeil video and Quick Zip system

    And I can take the zippers! I use them on my showroom machines. Mailing address is 45712 SE 138th Court, North Bend, WA 98045
  15. There are some offset screwdrivers that will reach that screw but most of the time, it's best to just remove the head and reattach that bracket.
  16. Sharon, I've removed thread cutters on a couple of customers' Millies, but I don't have any photos handy. I think I can answer your questions, though. 1. The Hartley Base designed for Millie will NOT fit on a machine that has had the thread cutter removed, since it needs that cutter "box" to rest on. A Hartley Base designed for a non-thread-cutter machine (like your Lenni) WILL fit. 2. Once the cutter "box" is removed (four screws, accessed through the holes in the side of the box), there will be a couple of wires that extend out of a hole in the main head. I just strapped them to the head with painters tape, to keep them out of the way.
  17. It does look like those red borders might be cut on a bit of the bias and are somehow stretching or gathering as they are being sewn on the center or as the outer borders are being added. Is your customer measuring the quilt and cutting the borders to length, then pinning them on? And I can't tell from the photos whether the corners are mitered - that could be mucking things up, too.
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    Quilt path won't plot safe area

    Julie, I've accepted your Friend Request and added you to the QP Facebook Page. On your safe area check a couple of things: that the clamps are fully engaged, that you're not in Simulation Mode, that your cables are all plugged in. Can you post a photo of the screen you see when it says your Safe Area is not set? Maybe on the QP FB page?
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    Quilt Path-Help!

    Is the red switch on the carriage lit up? That is the indicator that there is power to the QP "innards" in the carriage. If that's NOT lit, turn it on. If that isn't the problem, email me at and I'll see what I can do for you! We also need to get you on the QP Facebook group. Find me on Facebook (Barbara Mayfield/Barbara Jeanne Potter), send me a Friend Request, and I'll get you added. You can get QP help there most any time of night or day - there's someone (APQS, user, whoever) on there nearly all hours. It's a much faster response than the Forums.
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    Hook buffing questions

    I don't see it mentioned,so you might do a very thorough cleaning, or maybe even soak the hook overnight with WD40, followed by a thorough cleaning in the morning. You may have a thread or debris down in your hook assembly.
  21. Is this a M-bobbin machine? I understand they're noisier than an L-bobbin machine. Definitely talk to the Service dept., either by email or phone.
  22. You might also try an overnight soak with WD40, just in case there's lint or a thread down in the hook assembly. Place a cloth under the head, across your carriage, take out your bobbin case, blow air into the hook assembly, then spray in WD40. Leave it overnight, then tomorrow morning, do a full cleaning. I'm pretty sure APQS Service will ask if you've done that...
  23. Have you been cleaning (not just oiling) the hook area, per the directions in the manual? It does sound a little "growl," which may indicate a need for deep cleaning.
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    Bobbin "dots" on top

    If you are seeing bobbin thread on top, you need to either loosen your top or tighten your bobbin - or both. It's a real tug-of-war between the two. What is your quilt sandwich made up of? That can affect your tension. What size needle? That affects how much of the knot inside the sandwich that we see. Can you post photos of top and back?
  25. Joann, check that your carriage is turned on - the red switch at the back of your carriage should be shining red. Also check that your USB cable is well-seated into your hub or tablet. Another place you can look for help is our QP Facebook Page. If you'll find me on Facebook (Barbara Mayfield/Barbara Jeanne Potter), send me a Friend Request and I'll get you added. You might get quicker response to questions there, as those queries tend to pop up on our smartphones, where this forum doesn't. We'll get you all fixed up!!