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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Quilt Path Time out   
    Get on the QP Facebook forum and describe, as thoroughly as possible, what you're experiencing.  There are experts who watch that forum, including Marie from Grace Co. and occasionally Dawn Cavanaugh.  We'll get you going!
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Quilt Path Time out   
    Beth, are you on the latest version (3.05.06)?  That update takes care of the "timed out" issues.  You will need to check with APQS that your hardware is compatible with this version, then call Grace Co. to have them install the update remotely.  And be sure to check in with the Quilt Path forum on Facebook - it's more active than the QP forum here on the APQS website.
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    barbm reacted to quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    I just got back from the post office.  Mine should be to you on Tuesday, barring any major snow problems.  It looks like I will be snowed in on Monday so I braved the cold today.  
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    barbm reacted to quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Mine will go out on Monday.  
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    barbm got a reaction from lkl in I really need your help- top thread breaking   
    Leslie, I don't see any mention of cleaning the hook assembly anywhere in all that? You might try a thorough cleaning with WD40 and re-oil. If that doesn't do the trick (you HAVE tried everything I would suggest), then soak the hook with WD40 overnight and clean thoroughly again.
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    barbm reacted to ffq-lar in I really need your help- top thread breaking   
    One thing you didn't mention that you checked was the needle plate hole. Is there a rough spot?
    I totally agree with Barb. You may have a tiny piece of gook lodged in the bobbin assembly. Soak it good and let it sit overnight to soften and melt any thread bit that might be hiding. Good luck!
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    barbm reacted to PatSchafer in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    A set of swinging monkeys and a set of cherries are coming soon.
     
    Pat S
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    barbm reacted to Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    I will send 50 Alpacas and 50 of something else that way no one gets 4 of them.  Ok...I'm going to cut my fabric any day now and off they'll go to Barb.  :) :) :)
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    barbm reacted to loraquilts in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Oma,
     
    Love the alpacas.  Great fun fabric.  I've done just what you did on many occasions - bought everything that was too cute/pretty/fun to pass up with the thought (aka justification/rationalization) that I'll use it some day.  I have done that countless times.  Sometimes I actually even use some of the fabric I buy. 
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Millie completely Jammed   
    Diana, last fall I helped a customer replace a gear in her gear box.  Be sure that Amy knows the vintage of your machine - it will affect the gear replacement process.  And if you run into any kind of hitch (and you can't reach Amy or Dawn), feel free to give me a call.
     
    One more word of advice on replacing a gear: remove ALL the gearbox grease before deciding you're done and repacking it - either that or make very sure that you have all broken pieces from the gear.  A little piece of gear tooth can hide in the smallest amount of gearbox grease, jamming the gears all over again...... don't ask me how I know.
     
    Congrats on tracking down your problem!  That's a good skill to have!
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    barbm reacted to Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Yup...clear as mud guys...thanks.  I hadn't realized that there were 24 people and 50 slots.  I'm good.
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    barbm got a reaction from Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    That's the key to the "matchy-matchy" that you and others want, Oma: there may be 50 slots, but there are only 24 of us participating.  Those that signed up for two slots will get two identical stacks (that match!) of 50 different fabrics.  Send two different fabrics or all Alpacas, whatever works for you, Oma!!
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    barbm reacted to Primitive1 in At The Risk of Sounding Dumb - Table/Frame Question   
    Valerie,
     
    Definitely not a dumb question, my measuring tape is on the panto side too and the only thing I use it for is to measure how big quilts are for pricing, which I could not do if I had a quilt loaded and the tape was on the front. (I did not set it up that way on purpose - it just occurred to me sometime down the road). My leveler bar had the same problem, probably from transporting it and I did the same thing with a piece of painter's tape, I heard that it eventually bows back down and it has somewhat.  I have taken the head off my frame several times, to repack grease, send in for a spa treatment and to move.  It isn't hard just a pain as you have to take off the two back bars which takes two people (mine are 14ft) and then the little black stopper on the carriage and it slides right off.  Like anything else on the machines, once you take it apart you realize how easy they are to work on and put back together...that's what I love about these machines...
     
    You will love that stitch regulator!!!  
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    barbm reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in I'm Finally Upgrading - to a Millennium! Eep!   
    Just sharing with all of you who have offered me SO much support and help over this wonderful quilting journey of mine - I think it's safe now as the order is complete and payment has been made...our good friend on the forums Joyce Coburn has helped me get set up with the machine upgrade I have been dreaming about for SO long!  In around a week or so a "new to me" Certified Used APQS Millennium is headed to me!  I am just over the moon!  
     
    It will be a significant upgrade from what I currently am quilting on (an Ultimate 1) and I'm thrilled that things worked out so I could get my stitch regulation AND stay with APQS since they have not only been amazing in regards to customer support...but now that I can pull one apart and put it back together I'd like to stay with what I know!!!!  LOL!
     
    I just had to share with folks that I know will understand what a HUGE impact this will have on my quilting and truly my life!  I'm so excited!  
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    barbm reacted to HeidiP in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Oma, the way I think it works is there are 50 slots and each slot is a different fabric. For one slot you get back one of each of the 50 different fabrics. For two slots you get back two sets of 50 different blocks.
    I'm also doing the state exchange and I picked three states so I'll be sending in 50 squares for each of the three states. In return I will get three sets, each including all 50 states. I may use two sets for one quilt for matching blocks. I plan to give the other set away.
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    barbm got a reaction from Bonnie H in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Bonnie, the first two packets were in padded large envelopes. Send them however suits you!
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    barbm got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Sylvia,three stacks of fabric will be fine. My hubby has volunteered to help me separate them...
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    barbm got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in At The Risk of Sounding Dumb - Table/Frame Question   
    It doesn't matter in the least, Valerie!  So leave it.  Absolutely no one will even notice something like that in photos, unless you do a closeup of the table.  New tables don't even have the measuring tape, so if someone asks, tell them you were pretending yours was the new style.
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    barbm got a reaction from delld in At The Risk of Sounding Dumb - Table/Frame Question   
    It doesn't matter in the least, Valerie!  So leave it.  Absolutely no one will even notice something like that in photos, unless you do a closeup of the table.  New tables don't even have the measuring tape, so if someone asks, tell them you were pretending yours was the new style.
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    barbm got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Mary, no need to be sorry!  There's puhlenty of time left, and lots of ladies to send in their squares!!  And yes, I am thoroughly enjoying my grandbaby!!

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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Mary, no need to be sorry!  There's puhlenty of time left, and lots of ladies to send in their squares!!  And yes, I am thoroughly enjoying my grandbaby!!

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    barbm got a reaction from Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Mary, no need to be sorry!  There's puhlenty of time left, and lots of ladies to send in their squares!!  And yes, I am thoroughly enjoying my grandbaby!!

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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Bobbin Thread Cutter on Millennium - (not cutting thread)   
    Jennie, I'm assuming by "agent," you're talking about your APQS Rep.  Emailing Dawn is great, as long as she's not otherwise occupied by classes or quilt shows.  Let's see if we can get your questions answered here.
     
    1.  Top tension on our machines is set more by feel than by numbers: as you pull your top thread backwards through the needle, it should have some tension on it, but it shouldn't deflect the needle, nor should it curl (like an old-fashioned phone cord).  It will take you some time to find the tension that your machine "likes," and then you'll change your needle size or your thread, and you'll have to make a change in the top tension.  There are lots of very informative articles on the APQS Quilting Blog - go to APQS.com, select "Resources" and then "Quilting Blog," and you'll find a wealth of information.  Plug "tension" into the search box, and there's a list of various articles dealing with tension issues and how to solve them - and keep them from bothering you!
     
    2.  Neither your thread cutter nor your Thread Break Sensor needed to be "deactivated" - it's your choice whether you engage them or not.  Sometimes we use these and sometimes we don't, but both of those features are useful, in the right circumstances and with a little bit of education.  Go back to the Quilting Blog (see #1 above) and enter "cutter" in the search box, and you'll find an article from a year ago all about the thread cutter.  If you need help "reactivating" your cutter, don't hesitate to email me at info@tmequilting.com.
     
    3.  You can turn your Thread Break Sensor back on - it's easy, and it's a necessary part of using your Quilt Path effectively, as it will stop your machine should your thread break or your bobbin run out - it WILL happen!  You should have received both a printed guide to using the new features on your Millie, including the Thread Break Sensor and the Low Bobbin Indicator, AND the same document on the CD containing your Millennium Manual.  Go read through those instructions.  Actually, I'll try to attach them here.....
     
    4.  Your Low Bobbin Indicator only works in conjuction with the Thread Break Sensor.  If it has been "deactivated," then your machine doesn't know how much thread has traveled through your path, so it can't give you an indication on the Low Bobbin Indicator.  Again, go read through the instructions for the new controls - there's much to be learned there about proper calibration of your Low Bobbin Indicator.
     
    When you have more questions, come here and we'll try to help as much as we can!!
     
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    barbm got a reaction from JeannieB in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Mary, no need to be sorry!  There's puhlenty of time left, and lots of ladies to send in their squares!!  And yes, I am thoroughly enjoying my grandbaby!!

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    barbm reacted to Queenanne in Broke needle on needle plate   
    Update on sad Millie-
    This morning I discovered that there are 3 locations for fuses (not 2 as listed in the manual)!  I had found the 6.3 fuse beside the plug and the forward 2.0 fuse. Today I found the motor fuse 3.15 and voila, it was definitely blown and black.
     
    A quick trip to the Source and I have a supply of all fuses now. Installed the 3.15 and Millie is purring again!
     
    Thanks to Amy for her reply and photos. I am constantly amazed at how easy these machines are to methodically work through assembling or fixing 'at home'. A true workhorse!!
    Thank you, APQS family for all your help!
     
    (and Barb, I dont know how to post this to the Help forum as you suggested??)
    Anne
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