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    barbm got a reaction from Gail O in Skipped stitches   
    First, you need to determine if you're seeing "skipped" stiches or "long" stitches, as they have different causes.  True skipped stitches have needle holes underneath the long stitches - the needle has gone down through the sandwich but failed to catch the bobbin thread and make the stitch.  Long stitches are an encoder issue - there are no needle holes under the long pieces of thread.
    For long stitches, you can evaluate which encoder is causing the issue by testing on a practice sandwich - stitch side-to-side for a while, then front-to-back for a while.  Side-to-side stitching uses the carriage encoder, at the back of the machine.  Front-to-back stitching used the encoder on the head axle.  You can check that your encoder wheel is making good contact with your machine wheels - if it's not, the electronics inside the head aren't being told that the machine has moved, hence the long stitches.  If you get long stitches in both directions, you may have a problem in some of your wiring or with the circuit boards inside the machine.  Time to call AP service!
    For skipped stitches, check that your needle isn't in backwards, is inserted all the way up in the needle bar, isn't turned too far from front.  If all those check out, it may be a timing issue.  Go through the steps in the manual for checking the timing.
    Actually, the first thing to do is ask yourself, "What did I just change?" to see if you can narrow down what might have caused the problem to begin with....
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in Skipped stitches   
    First, you need to determine if you're seeing "skipped" stiches or "long" stitches, as they have different causes.  True skipped stitches have needle holes underneath the long stitches - the needle has gone down through the sandwich but failed to catch the bobbin thread and make the stitch.  Long stitches are an encoder issue - there are no needle holes under the long pieces of thread.
    For long stitches, you can evaluate which encoder is causing the issue by testing on a practice sandwich - stitch side-to-side for a while, then front-to-back for a while.  Side-to-side stitching uses the carriage encoder, at the back of the machine.  Front-to-back stitching used the encoder on the head axle.  You can check that your encoder wheel is making good contact with your machine wheels - if it's not, the electronics inside the head aren't being told that the machine has moved, hence the long stitches.  If you get long stitches in both directions, you may have a problem in some of your wiring or with the circuit boards inside the machine.  Time to call AP service!
    For skipped stitches, check that your needle isn't in backwards, is inserted all the way up in the needle bar, isn't turned too far from front.  If all those check out, it may be a timing issue.  Go through the steps in the manual for checking the timing.
    Actually, the first thing to do is ask yourself, "What did I just change?" to see if you can narrow down what might have caused the problem to begin with....
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    barbm reacted to APQS in Yay!!!!   
    Signatures are back!
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    barbm got a reaction from Laurajerri in 2015 Freedom Grease!   
    It's gearbox grease. There should have been a black cap over that shaft - you can get that from APQS. Keep wiping the grease that leaks out, until you can get a cap to cover the shaft.
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    barbm reacted to NHDeb in New Owner Class?   
    Thanks - I'm in NH and purchased direct from APQS after attending a road show in Maine, I didn't deal with a local rep, actually not sure if there is more than 1 rep in my whole state! :-D  Will check out the website and see what I can learn.
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    barbm got a reaction from NHDeb in New Owner Class?   
    Deb, you get a free Beginner's Class with the purchase of your new machine.  Check out the Event Schedule on the APQS website - you'll see info on Beginner's Classes in various parts of the PQS universe.  You may take your class from most any APQS Rep - or you can go to Des Moines and take it with Dawn Cavanaugh!  Check with the Rep that helped you with your purchase - he or she may have a class scheduled in the near future.  Congrats, and welcome to the family!!
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    barbm reacted to FloridaMissy in Smoked My Millie!   
    My Millie is back from the factory!  Great praise to the APQS team, she looks great. 
    She is reinstalled and ready to go tomorrow.  I have four quilts waiting for some special quilting.
    Special thanks to a great husband who packed and unpacked my machine.
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    barbm got a reaction from Resilient Quilter in I am really annoyed   
    Yay!!!  So glad you're up and running!  Next time, don't wait until you're "really annoyed" to check in here - we can help even with the mild annoyances!!
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in I am really annoyed   
    Yay!!!  So glad you're up and running!  Next time, don't wait until you're "really annoyed" to check in here - we can help even with the mild annoyances!!
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in I am really annoyed   
    Yay!!!  So glad you're up and running!  Next time, don't wait until you're "really annoyed" to check in here - we can help even with the mild annoyances!!
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    barbm got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in I am really annoyed   
    Yay!!!  So glad you're up and running!  Next time, don't wait until you're "really annoyed" to check in here - we can help even with the mild annoyances!!
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    barbm reacted to Resilient Quilter in I am really annoyed   
    Well,
    Its resolved, Thank Goodness!  I didn't have the machine threaded properly for Omni - you only use 2 holes on the thread guide, not all 3.  It also was an entire pack of bad needles.  Karen figured it out, by going over everything with me one step at a time.  Am so appreciative to have such a great resource close by.  I'm loaded and quilting!  YEA!!
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    barbm reacted to Resilient Quilter in I am really annoyed   
    Hi,
    Well, so far I have my machine getting a good bath with WD40.  Have let this sit for several hours and now that I'm home from grocery shopping, am going to go up and finish the deep clean.  I take very, very good care of my machine, so this whole thing is a mystery to me.  Am going to work on all of your suggestions and will post later tonight on how it all goes.  Thanks so much for the input - with customer quilts waiting, these sorts of issues make me a bit nuts.  Don't want to let my customers down, or delay them in any way.
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in I am really annoyed   
    Timing should be the last thing we look at when we have stitching issues. More often, our thread path has gone awry or the thread is fragile or... or... or... Let us know how it goes tomorrow!
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    barbm reacted to Quilta93 in STRIPPED SCREW   
    I'm glad you were able to solve your problem.
    Today I just stripped a screw on my new Millie. I knew to be careful after reading your post, and I thought I was, but still stripped one screw. I tried using a rubber band over the Phillips head, because I read that some where. It didn't work.
    I told my husband, and he went downstairs to his shop and brought up what he called easy outs. His are made by Craftsman and they're called screw-out, damaged screw remover set. I put it into the end of a screwdriver that takes bits, and the screw came out sooooo easy!!! He said in the Air Force they remove panels from airplanes all the time and they have MANY screws and they get stripped, so they use easy outs.
    Just thought I'd pass on this info on for future reference.
    Deb.
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    barbm reacted to FloridaMissy in Smoked My Millie!   
    For anyone who would like to stay on this journey I'll post the progress.  Shipped my machine from Ohio to Iowa on Tue. and it arrived before noon on Thurs.!  Go UPS.
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    barbm got a reaction from Battynurse in Still having problems   
    You shouldn't have ANY problem using MagnaGlide bobbins, battynurse - they are designed for use in our machines and cause no problems at all for us.
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in Still having problems   
    You shouldn't have ANY problem using MagnaGlide bobbins, battynurse - they are designed for use in our machines and cause no problems at all for us.
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    barbm reacted to HeidiP in Still having problems   
    I feel for you. I could replace your needle bar but if you send it in, Amy and Angie will check things we don't do in the field. They are very thorough.
    Have you thought about making a trip to the APQS Showroom? It could be a fun trip! I want to go back when I have time to see more of the area. It's a bit hot right now.
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in Still having problems   
    To check the shaft, pull on the hook assembly - it moves a little in rotation, but it shouldn't move front to back.  If it does move that way, Angie and Amy can walk you through tightening it up.
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    barbm got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Still having problems   
    It sounds like you've checked and rechecked everything, but obviously, something is still not right. I'm assuming you've opened up the left-hand side of the head and taken a good look around? The screw that holds the clamp onto the needle bar should be "He-Man" tight, not just snug, otherwise the needle bar can indeed slip. That would be one thing to check.
    Can you post a photo of the inside of your head and a photo of your timing (the hook as it meets the needle) for us? We might be able to help more if we could see what you're seeing.
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    barbm got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Still having problems   
    Another thing to check is something that I'm sure Angie and Amy asked about - the needle bar and bushings. If you can move the needle bar side to side or back to front, even the slightest, your bushings and needle bar may need to be replaced due to age and wear. If the bushings have gotten loose, your needle wouldn't hit the hook in the same place each stroke, which could cause your issues.
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    barbm reacted to dickiesdarlin in Help, my needle won't bring up bobbin thread   
    I emailed support this morning and got written instructions with pictures from Amy. Didn't take too long and I was back to quilting. Hubby says happy wife happy life.
    Thanks for your advice Barb and Nigel
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    barbm got a reaction from Sallyquilt in Millie Just Stops! How Exciting...   
    Cindy, if your machine is stopping, it's usually because there's a short somewhere. First thing to check, of course, are the clip and wire that ground your M&M wheels. The clip is mounted underneath one of your head axles and rarely comes loose. The grounding wire is attached to a screw at the back of your head - the other end goes on one of the bolts that hold your carriage to its back axle. It shouldn't be loose, either.
    The likely culprit is a grounding washer on one of your handles. They might not be making adequate contact with the head, either from being loose or (in the case of the front handles) having too much oil insulating them. Take each of your handles off and reattach, making sure that the screws (and grounding washers) are in firm contact. Be sure to wipe out excess oil around your front handlebars.
    If none of that works, don't hesitate to give me a call!
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    barbm reacted to InesR in Lenni lost power   
    Thank you so much!!!
    Found the fuse, it was blown. Replaced with the one in the drawer, whew, glad that was there. Turned it back on, pulled power, husband shouted for me to turn it off, it kicked off the tv..... I think it was trying to do what I had asked after it went out.... Yep, I pushed a few buttons......But, turned back on and it seems to be fine. 1st order of business is to replace the fuse in the drawer ")
    Lenni is well again, very grateful.
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