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    Needle hitting

    Hi - Thought I would update - I spoke with the Amazing Amy and it might be I can just do a belt adjustment ! She sent me videos, and once I find Allen wrenches and do a little Yoga to slow my heartbeat down, I'll be doing this chiropractic adjustment on my machine …
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    3 at once

    I mounted 3 baby quilts at once. I used the same length of backing fabric for all 3 but used different battings. Used my faithful 2002 Millenium.
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    This may sound stupid, but give this a try. Remove the upper and lower thread, and leave the needle in the machine. Then get yourself a piece of notebook paper. The kind kids use at school. You want thin/light paper to get the best training. You can draw some lines on the paper to follow if you desire, but you want to be able to clearly see the holes in the paper. Take the paper and put it under the hopping foot, and quilt some straight lines, and then progress to some swirls. Quilt your signature. Quilt all over the paper. Have fun. Once done, remove the piece of paper and look at the holes the needle left behind. If the holes are large than the needle diameter, then you are moving the paper/fabric against the needle as it is trying to loop the thread. This movement is probably messing up your stitches, and causing you tension problems. Practice with the paper until you can move the paper in relation with the needle without distorting the hole size, or tearing the paper. You can also quilt on paper with the top and bobbin thread installed. Give it a try on two pieces of paper stacked on each other. If can quilt on paper, without distorting the hole size, try setting your feed dogs to zero. I have read that some machines do not quilt well with their feed dogs down. This could be because the quilter is trying to move the fabric when the needle is down, and the feed dogs help hold the fabric against the hopping foot. This prevents the needle from being deflected, and messing up the tension. Remember, the feed dogs stop moving the fabric when the needle is down for that instant the loop is being formed. On a longarm, the stitch regulator increases or decreases the needle speed in relation to how fast the head is being moved. When you freemotion quilt with your hands, you have to do the same thing. If you want to move your hands fast, you have to depress the foot peddle more to increase the needle speed. If you do not, you will distort the needle hole or even tear the paper. Your mind is the best speed controller ever devised. It just takes a few pieces of paper to develop the skill. Notice how the space will change between the needle hole punches as you speed up and slow down your hand movement. If you have thread in the machine as you quilt on paper, notice how if you do not speed up the needle as you quilt a circle, how the edges of the circle are not round. The gap between stitches will form straight lines, that try to make a circle Best of luck to you. Tell us how things turn out. Cagey
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    Needle hitting

    Kathleen, Your post is somewhat confusing, as it sounds like the entire needle feel out when you first hit the ruler. Is this correct? I would have thought the needle would have broken, and part of the needle fell onto the quilt. Though your sentence above would indicate the entire needle feel out. With your needle first hitting the ruler and then having it fall out multiple times, you have had ample opportunity for your machine to come out of time. Thus, I would suggest you watch the APQS timing videos, Tools needed https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u4RgOAeSJ0 4:30 magnifier to see the hook assemble and diagnose problem https://www.apqs.com/introduction-timing-longarm-quilting-machine-recommended-tools/ Steps https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWeqiuvwk5E https://www.apqs.com/timing-apqs-machine-video/ After watching the videos, I would suggest with a needle installed watch what the needle is striking when it is lowered. Have someone turn the hand wheel slowly while you watch the needle descend with a bobbin both not installed. Once you know exactly what the needle is hitting, you can better determine what needs to be done to get your machine working. Give APQS a call after you know what the needle is hitting, and they can steer you in the proper direction. Best of luck with your repair. Cagey
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    UPS for Lenni

    The main power fuse on a Lenni is 3.15 amps which is the equivalent of about 400 watts. You want a unit with zero delay and that is what dual conversion will give you. Not to say you can’t get zero delay without dual conversion. I’m not sure if the Lenni will tolerate a delay switching to a backup but I know the Millennium won’t. If you are quilting along and the power goes out there is an excellent chance the needle is in the fabric, you will tear the quilt. In my opinion buy the smallest dual conversion back up, you just need it to keep the machine running until you can stop moving. Just my two cents Nigel
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    Take up roller brake

    You have several things to look at---it doesn't have anything to do with the brake. First, make sure the backers you load are perfectly on-grain. This can be done with tearing the fabric instead of rotary cutting. If it's always on one side, your rollers may not be perfectly parallel or level. Just a small bit high on the right side will cause that side to roll tighter, which magnifies with every advance. Use a long level to check for horizontal level. Then adjust the bolts that attach the roller to the frame until the roller is level. Unfurl your leaders when you check for level so you are on bare metal and not the canvas. The front roller can also be off as far as distance between the take-up rollers. If the right side is farther out, it will roll tight on the right side. The solution is looking at the bolts that fasten it to the frame. You need to count the bolt-threads on each bolt, left and right. If the numbers are off---make them match. You can also count the bolt-threads on the back roller attachments if you don't have a long level. Finally, your leaders may be un-square/off. There are lots of tutorials that show how to fix warped or saggy leaders. Usually having (or making) a straight edge, then pinning the leaders together works well. Pin them, spritz them with plain water, tighten them, and let them dry. Hoping this is helpful!
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    This is how I solved my problem with my machine/ ruler base running into my side clamps. Just take a look at the pictures. Its very simple using a dowel stick. Good luck.
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    UPS for Lenni

    The important take-away is adequate power (have seen it listed as 1000 VA pure sine wave for non-fabric advance, non-Quilt Path and 1500 VA pure sine wave for the bigger/more complex machines). The models in the above graphic might be older. Personally, we run APC equipment for our UPSes (we use them for computer networking equipment and security cameras). I've had issues with loose-fitting connectors and poor customer support on CyberPower.
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    Baby Quilt

    Baby quilt I made for a friend. Nursery is done in these colours and theme is sheep
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    UPS for Lenni

    From 2017, posted as multiple pictures.
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    Man Quilter

    Man quilter is Matt Sparrow. He had a blog for a few years and some videos under that name. It looks like the manquilter.com site has gone dormant but the Sparrow Quilt Company is still going strong. Here is a video that may be what you are looking for. Leader grips and red snappers are the same principle. https://youtu.be/yx5mXoHwvuw Nigel
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    Baby Quilt

    So cute!! Love the quilting!
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    What to do about pokies!

    Perhaps you should call her to come see what is happening to her quilt before you try to fix anything. None of the problems are related to anything you have done -it is all due to the materials she has given you. Debbie
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    Oil bobbin

    You should be able to open the files on the flashdrive. But here's the chapter on cleaning and oiling your machine. 18 Cleaning & Oiling the Hook and Wicks.pdf