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  1. Probably a little light for motorcycle chain but definitely bicycle chain and cables. Tri-Flow superior is commonly used in the vintage sewing machine community. It is a very light viscosity oil that also helps soften up and flush out the years old oil that has turned to gum. It would work fine in our machines but my understanding is the PTFE will not pass through the wicks. So since you need the regular sewing machine oil for the wicks, why bother having two products when one will do. Now if I was servicing one of our machines that had been sitting for a few years I wouldn’t hesitate to take off the side cover and give the mechanicals a good soaking with Tri-Flow. Nigel
  2. I agree with Cagey. It is not uncommon for this to happen after your machine has broken in. The machine will turn a little quicker now and is spinning past the stop sensor so the motor stays on and tries for the next stop etc. The break-in happens so gradual you would never notice the speed change of the needle positioning. The number 8 screw adjustment is to slow down the positioning speed so you don’t overrun the magnetic stop sensors. Nigel
  3. Most likely your machine has loosened up a little as it has worn in. Here is a link to the adjustment instructions depending on which machine and age you have. Nigel
  4. Welcome Lisa Have you tried what Zeke told Peggy above? Zeke over the years has been the most knowledgeable active person on this site for the Compuquilter. Click on his screen name and send him a message if he doesn’t pop up here in the next day or so. has offered support for Compuquilter for the last couple of years with parts taken from systems that have been traded in. Nigel
  5. Is the thread cutter stuck between the blades? If so, the machine won’t run until the thread cutter is at it’s rest position. That will have nothing to do with the light. The older fluorescent light machines had a rotary switch to turn the light off, I don’t know if the led machines have a switch to shut the light off as well. Nigel
  6. Kim The quickest way to contact anyone on most forums If they didn’t post an email or phone number is to click on their name on the left side and from that page you will find a button to send them a message. That will go immediately to their email as it doesn’t look like Catherine has been on site in many months. Good luck with your search. Nigel
  7. The standard foot is usually the ruler foot unless you have an old machine (close to 20 years). Nigel
  8. Christine The needle positioning is fairly slow on these machines, like maybe 2 seconds to go down and back up. There is an adjustment for it but much faster than that and the machine will just keep on cycling. First take the left side cover off and put one drop of oil on the needle bar and the hopping foot bar just above the bushings and put the cover back on. Add oil to the top of the wicks if your finger comes up dry when you touch them. Start the machine in manual and run add medium speed for about five minutes. Now try the needle up/down and see if it is to your liking. Here is the adjustment procedure. Nigel
  9. Connie I think you are thinking of zeke. Robyn click on the envelope icon at the top of the page and send a message to zeke I think he is the most knowledgeable Computer-Quilter person here. Nigel
  10. Sue I know at least once when it happed to me I had sequenced the whole quilt and it messed up about 3/4 the way through. It’s like the tablet missed the stop command and the stopped after it made the single stitch at the beginning of the next row. The reason I was thinking heat is because I believe it happened a couple of times after I stopped for lunch and left the machine on and then it messed up when I came back an hour or so later. The first few times were before we had the ability to sequence the whole quilt. Nigel
  11. I’m sure you meant Intelliquilter. Yes it happened to me several times but never did it consistently enough to diagnose. I sent my logs to Zoltan but they showed the machine working properly. I suspect it may have had something to do with the tablet getting hot as it seemed to happen after the tablet had been on for several hours but I’m not positive. When the tablet is cool I would blow some compressed air through the tablet vents and blow out the fan on the docking station. I’ve since sold my machine and retired. Nigel
  12. Laura can probably tell you better but basically you must use the turn the flywheel manually to make a single stitch to pull up the bobbin thread. Then I would hold the tails away from the direction I am going to quilt and turn the machine on and make a couple of very short locking stitches and then quilt away. When you want to stop make a few short stitches as you are turning off the machine. Then bring the needle up manually move the head away a few inches, grab the top thread, move the head back to the last stitch, make a single stitch, move the head about an inch and pop up the bobbin thread hold both threads, move head away several inches and clip threads at quilt. Look at this video and you will get the idea, you just don’t have the single stitch or the automatic needle positioning. After a few tries it will become second nature. Nigel
  13. Loretta You can grab the thread above and below the pig tail and drag it in a circle around the inside of the guide. If it catches at all you have a groove. Loosen the screw and rotate the pig tail upside down and tighten back up. That will last for many months until you get replacements. They are inexpensive but the shipping isn’t so wait until you have a few other things you want from APQS. Nigel
  14. Hi Loretta The U2 is a real workhorse and once you get it sorted out will give you many years of dependable service. You didn’t say what thread you are using but I would suggest using something like Superior So-Fine or Glide to start. Both are quite strong and work well with the high speed machines. Also look for a groove in the check spring and needle plate. Grab the needle bar and see if there is any play front to back or side to side, should be none. Remove the bobbin case, put your thumb on the centre pin of the hook and your first two fingers behind the hook and see if there is any play in and out, again should be none. Any of these issues are corrected simply and inexpensively. You probably could find casters for your table but I suspect you are on your own. You could also use furniture glides under the legs, that’s what we did on carpet and the machines were easy to move when needed. There are a couple of people on here that use U2 machines every day in their businesses. Pretty good for a machine that has been out of production for almost 20 years. Nigel