RunningThreads

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  1. I’m not sure about the Ultimate 2 but if I recall correctly the hole doesn’t quite line up with the clamp when the needle is in the lowest position. Try looking for the screw with a flashlight shining through the hole. When you see the screw then you will have an idea how to aim the screwdriver. I think it is up and a little towards the rear but it has been years since I had to touch one. Nigel
  2. I apologize if I’m wrong but looks like spammers talking to each other.
  3. Check your motor brushes if you haven’t done so recently. Here is the link to the video. Nigel https://www.apqs.com/motor-brush-maintenance-video/
  4. Linda always give good advice. Here is a link to the timing video. Nigel https://www.apqs.com/timing-apqs-machine-video/
  5. Sure you can. It says winner will be contacted by phone or email.
  6. Susan Click on the person’s name and you will find a Envelope button the says message. Click on that and the message will go to their email. It looks like both people who you have tried this morning haven’t been on the site since a day or two after they posted. Good luck in your hunt. Nigel
  7. Probably timing but you do have the needle in correctly right? There is a long groove in the front and the scarf goes to the rear. I put a needle in wrong once and it was after I had been quilting for several years, so don’t feel bad if you did it also. Let us know how you make out. Nigel
  8. Loosen the two pigtail guides and rotate them upside down and retighten and retread, this will eliminate or confirm them as a problem for your breakage. One more thing to check. I had a couple of spools of Glide that were wound improperly and every now and then the thread catch on itself on the cone and stop feeding vertically. Not a common problem but it does happen. Also follow through the threads Cagey has provided, her advice is always solid. Please let us know when you find your problem Nigel
  9. I believe the XX is similar to the other APQS machines except it has a longer throat. If so you should find a hole with an Allen head set screw behind the tension assembly if you are standing at the front of the head. If you look at the new assembly you will see a groove about an eighth of an inch from the edge on the end that goes inside the machine. That is where the screw will tighten and hold the assembly in. Loosen the screw a few turns and the assembly should pull straight out and insert the new one. The proper positioning will have straight part of the spring pointing at about 11 o’clock. Don’t push the assembly in too far as to have the spring rub the side of the head, you will see what I mean when you get that far. Sorry I don’t have pictures or better instructions, my service manuals went when I retired and sold my machines. Nigel
  10. Bridgette Quiltlover hasn’t been here since July 26th. Click on her name and send a private message and it will go to her email. Nigel
  11. I agree with Sue. The thread starts to shred at the guide but then the shredded piece can’t get through the eye of the needle and it backs up there. Nigel
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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 https://www.apqs.com/needle-updown-wont-stop/
  15. 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. Intelliquilter.com has offered support for Compuquilter for the last couple of years with parts taken from systems that have been traded in. Nigel
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. The standard foot is usually the ruler foot unless you have an old machine (close to 20 years). Nigel
  19. 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. https://www.apqs.com/needle-adjustment-fluorescent-fight-machines-video/ Nigel
  20. 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
  21. 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