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  1. Cee K Take the bobbin out and put one drop of oil right where the grey and chrome pieces meet at the bottom and then run the machine for a few seconds to distribute the oil. If you are looking from the top you will see the groove in the chrome that the grey basket sits in and that is where you are trying to get oil at the bottom. We always used good quality threads and I only took the needle plate off once or twice per year when doing a real good service, same time as I check motor brushes and have the side cover off to lube the hopping foot. Nigel
  2. Put one drop of oil in the hook right where the basket and the hook meet and then see if the noise is better. That should be part of your routine each day you use the machine anyway. Nigel
  3. Do you mean the hook? The instructions for the hook will be in the timing video. Try to cut the threads with a seam ripper or razor blade first and pull the tails out with tweezers.
  4. Good points Jim. Now maybe I read something here years ago about a vibration cause by a loose wheel? Nigel
  5. Jerry If you don’t get an answer this weekend put a call or email into service on Monday. They are pretty good a diagnosing over the phone. The only time I’ve seen a machine behave like yours is when running in manual mode and you get a harmonic vibration. Usually turning the machine speed up or down a little cures it. Nigel
  6. I assume the motor for the cutter is humming. Turn off machine and you should be able to push the linkage from underneath. Once you get it to move a little turn machine back on and set if it goes back to rest position. Nigel
  7. Helen Click on her ID and you will see an option to send her a private message that will go to her email. It doesn’t look like she has been here since she posted the ad. Jim is right that is or was a good deal. Nigel
  8. That is a screaming deal for someone. If we hadn’t just retired from the quilting business I’d be all ove that. Just for our American friends this is less than $6000 so it may be worth the road trip. Nigel
  9. The channel locks we used a fair bit but the thread cutter almost never. I think you would get most of the $1100 back in resale but if my intent was to keep the machine forever I don’t know I would spend the extra. I guess the answer to your question is maybe. Nigel
  10. That’s the size we would use with Glide. I would use one size smaller #16 for Superior So Fine. The #18 is the size APQS ships with the new machines. Nigel
  11. Harold It doesn’t look like she has checked in since November. Click on her name and you will see a message icon and send a personal message, it will go to her email. You will also see she had the machine for sale five years ago and the price was $5000 at that time. Good luck Nigel
  12. Dbaz. What info do you need? From the factory 20 inch throat no stitch regulator (many were upgraded to Intellistitch) built until the late nineties or early two thousands. Like all APQS machines well constructed and reliable. Jim Erickson has one as his primary machine in his business. I’m sure he will pop in and answer any further questions. Nigel
  13. Jim is right that the IQ requires needle positioning. My Ultimate 1 had it but it was an option. The Discovery was a later machine but I don’t know if it included or still an option. If your machine stops with the needle in the same position every time then you have it. To the best of my knowledge there are two aftermarket stitch regulator option available. Perfect Stitch and Intellistitch and each are affiliated with a robotic system. Nigel
  14. Here is the timing video. The needle position Gail wants you to check is at about 30 minutes. Nigel
  15. There is another method to get the screws out I learned from Amy. Take a standard (flat) screwdriver and hold it perpendicular to the edge of the screw and give it a decent whack with a hammer and that will leave a divot in the edge. Put the tip of tip of the screwdriver in the divot and angle the screwdriver so when you tap the handle with the hammer the screw turns counter clockwise. Once it starts to turn it will come out easy. You can use a 4 amp slow blow fuse if you can’t find the 3.15 locally but no larger, this I was told by APQS. I am sure Matt Sparrow will have them. Nigel
  16. I suggest calling or emailing APQS service tomorrow. They are very good at diagnosing over the phone and will get the needed parts out to you quickly. They will also supply very detailed instructions with pictures to replace those parts. Nigel
  17. Same front and rear? If not I would same deffective gauge. Nigel
  18. You need a screwdriver that fits the screws well with a decent sized handle. If you don’t have the strength to push in and turn at the same time and nobody stronger to help you. Try tapping the handle of the screwdriver with a hammer at the same time as you are turning the screw out. The heads of the screws are quite soft so if you mess them up replace them ASAP. You can get suitable replacements at your local hardware store if you don’t have spares. Nigel
  19. Pamela, I don’t think I can explain it well. I assume we are talking about a panto that doesn’t interlock. The way I was taught you set it up the best you can and when you get to the last few rows you would measure how much length you have left on the quilt and compare it to how much length you have left in IQ. Then you go into adjust or edit pattern and select the rows you have left and change the height to match your measurement. If it is a pattern that interlocks don’t bother you just hit the Adjust button before the last rows move the needle to the bottom of the quilt select clip and snap to needle and done. The other method is when you get near the bottom go back until you can add/edit block select add block, clipping block, select the rows (patterns) to be affected and then you can make a rectangle following the left bottom and right edges and high enough to clip the top edge of your selected patterns, then select done finished. Go back to sew quilt and select your clipped patterns and finish the quilt. Unfortunately I’m doing this from memory as I have sold my machine. I know I could do this faster than I can type the instructions. Nigel
  20. Does the power supply have a fuse? The old ones did. Nigel
  21. You need to get the needle out. Try turning the flywheel backwards and maybe loosening the needle screw and rotating backwards. Once you get the needle out you will probably have to change the fuse. It is in a little drawer where the cord enters the machine unless it was built for Canada. The Canadian machines have a separate fuse for the motor. Let us know how you make out. Nigel
  22. If it is a Canadian machine there is a fuse under the top cover. See about 2:49 of the video. Nigel
  23. Try editing and leaving the word “deleted” Nigel
  24. Here is a link to the timing video. I believe the U2 is the same. Good luck Nigel