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    barbm reacted to Clh319 in Threading new Millie   
    Thanks for your help, Barb.  Turns out it wasn't a threading problem after all.  The back panel of the machine is defective, and they are sending me a new one.  We were able to FaceTime with Amy and she was awesome. 
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in Flatlining on back of quilt intermittently   
    Yup!
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    barbm reacted to vally in Unable to set safe area.   
    Oh my goodness!! Your are so right!! Newbbie!! Here! I was doing free motion !! Thank you so much!!! It is working just fine!! I wish I got lessons on this fantastic machine!! Just nervous right now!! Thank you
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    barbm reacted to apylinski in Replacing Gear on Millie - HELP   
    I am that chick Zeke. Got it done and she seems to be running fine. When I got it all apart I couldn't see a thing wrong with the gear so called Amy. She said as long as taken apart go ahead and replace it. So glad I did because it no longer makes the noise! She sure knows her stuff!
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in Replacing Gear on Millie - HELP   
    Ann, I helped a customer rebuild her gear box a couple of years ago. Follow the instructions that Amy sends you - they're great! And there are a couple of specialty tools that you'll need to get, if I remember correctly. It's not hard, just tedious. And take it from me, you want to be sure to clean out ALL the grease before you repack it - broken teeth bits can hide in the smallest amount! Don't ask me how I know...
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    barbm got a reaction from LinneaMarie in Schmetz industrial needles   
    Jill, the Schmetz needles that you received with your George ARE the proper needles for your machine.  The rest of our APQS machines use the Singer/Groz Beckert needles, but George is timed (usually) for the Schmetz needles.  You can use those needles without worry!
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in Sewing problems with ultimate II   
    Please, please, please, give a call to APQS Service - it may be a problem somewhere else that is throwing your timing off!  I had a customer who had retimed and retimed - and even had a serviceman come out and work on her machine.  It turned out that the mag collar at the back of her head wasn't staying in place, due to loose set screws, so that the timing would go back out again.  I'm not saying that your problem is as easily solved as hers, but it just might be.  Give the experts a chance to help you before you turn your poor machine into a boat anchor!!
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    barbm got a reaction from Battynurse in Sewing problems with ultimate II   
    Please, please, please, give a call to APQS Service - it may be a problem somewhere else that is throwing your timing off!  I had a customer who had retimed and retimed - and even had a serviceman come out and work on her machine.  It turned out that the mag collar at the back of her head wasn't staying in place, due to loose set screws, so that the timing would go back out again.  I'm not saying that your problem is as easily solved as hers, but it just might be.  Give the experts a chance to help you before you turn your poor machine into a boat anchor!!
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    barbm reacted to PJDavis in Liberty Up Down will not single stitch   
    Thank you, Barb it is now running smoothly.
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    barbm reacted to PJDavis in Liberty Up Down will not single stitch   
    Thank you, we will try this.
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    barbm got a reaction from cjmquilter in Quilt Path Video Tutorials   
    Carol, if you'll email me, I'll get you added to the Facebook group!
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    barbm reacted to Norma H in hartley fence doesn't seem to fit right   
    The washers are correct.  The Hartley fits around the cutter, not on it.   Just can't figure out why the left side of the Hartley is "off" now - almost as if the plastic warped or something.   But I took the two "black button hole covers" out of the side below the cutter, and the Hartley is seated level like it used to before she went to the factory.  Looks like the buttons are just enough to push that side up a bit - about 1 cm - enough to through it off level though.  Very strange.   Doesn't matter as long as it works. 
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    barbm got a reaction from Sharonarooni in hartley fence doesn't seem to fit right   
    Kathy, if it's just the gaps that are causing problems, cover the gaps with painter's tape - that will keep your rulers from dipping down into the gaps.
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    barbm reacted to JillRN1995 in Bobbin question   
    Thank you Barb!  The So Fine is performing much better, and I double checked my needle and it appears to be in there like it's supposed to be.  I'm not having any more thread breakage, and my tension looks good.  I'll practice with the So Fine while I learn more about the machine, and then I'll give the Robison Anton another try. 
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in Schmetz industrial needles   
    Jill, the Schmetz needles that you received with your George ARE the proper needles for your machine.  The rest of our APQS machines use the Singer/Groz Beckert needles, but George is timed (usually) for the Schmetz needles.  You can use those needles without worry!
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    barbm reacted to JillRN1995 in Schmetz industrial needles   
    Oh, that's great news!  Thank you!!
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    barbm got a reaction from Bertwood in Vertical Drag on Millennium   
    Okay, this might be a dumb question, since you said you removed EVERYTHING having to do with Quilt Path: is your QP clamp engaged with the belt on the carriage???
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    barbm got a reaction from Bertwood in Vertical Drag on Millennium   
    Janice, it sounds like you've checked everything we would all check. Please don't worry about bothering Amy - or any of the other fine folks in APQS Service - that's why they're there! Send an email to service@apqs.com, outlining everything you listed above and they'll get you fixed up. Do you have any APQS Reps close to you, just in case this needs some hands-on checking?
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    barbm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Intelliquilter for Millenium   
    Quilt Path and Intelliquilter are two entirely different systems, using different movement and registration methods.  If you decide to change to IQ, you will have to get a new carriage for your Millennium before installing IQ.  There are ways to sew around an applique in Quilt Path - check out the files section of the Quilt Path Users Group Facebook Page.  If you're not already a member of that group, email me and I'll get you added.
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    barbm reacted to kkey1030 in The Thread's a thread   
    So last summer when I was waiting for my finances to settle, I knew I was ordering a Millie, and started setting up my room and "gear" so I could hit the ground running when the machine arrived.  After talking to a friend who runs a longarm business (different brands), he told he he used Superior's "Omni" thread almost exclusively.  So I subscribed to their Omni thread of the month and started getting three spools of Omni thread every month. I also Bought a dozen or so spools of my favorite colors.
     
    Then I started talking to APQS owners who told me that Omni wouldn't work well.  So I panicked and cancelled my subscription. I have a lovely collection of very colorful threads that I have been afraid to use because of my well-meaning friends.  
     
    BUT, every day I have begun to practice free motion quilting with Malcolm (my Millie).  Slowly improving and learning.  This morning, I finally decided I was going to try my Omni thread and see what problems I had with it.  None.  Not a single problem.  It stitched out beautifully without even making an adjustment!  I understand that it is a 40 wt thread and so I'll want to keep it for when I want the thread to show, as it's not going to slip into the fabric like a 60 wt might, but it looks simply glorious on my practice blocks.  
     
    What's my point?  YOUR experience will be different than anyone else's because you are YOU.  Don't be afraid to play and try new things.  When I took my beginner's class with Dawn Cavenaugh, she told us to play--to tweak and try everything because the machine can handle it!  Sometimes I forget.  
     
    Try new things.  Do what others tell you won't work.  It just might work for you!  Now, I'm going back to play!  I'll attach a photo of my threads.  40 wt on the left, 50 wt in the middle and 60 wt on the right hand side.

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    barbm got a reaction from dianne31331 in Need help...Trouble controlling machine.   
    You should be able to adjust your M&M wheels so that you have a nice smooth ride. I've added a post from a much earlier thread that may help you to properly adjust your wheels.  It may also be that you have one or more wheels that have bad bearings - call Amy at APQS Service, she can help you figure that one out.  You should NOT have this much trouble moving your machine!  And never feel like you are bothering anyone here - that's what this forum is for.
    Proper Wheel Adjustment.pdf
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in 2007 Freedom not stitching - Help!!!   
    Barbara, why did you not call me???!!! First things first, do you get the same results whether you are working with the front handles or the back handles?  Does it run in manual mode at all?  If it does, then did you set your stitch length up from the "zero stop" before you tried to quilt in regulated mode?  I'm still up and will be for another hour, at least, so you can call me at (509) 671-1467 if you read this in time.
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    barbm got a reaction from Myrna Ficken in Hartley Perfect Circle   
    I didn't have Bliss when I used a Hartley Fence (not much different from the Circle Maker), so I can't address that specifically, but the bar to attach the stylus on the Fence could be mounted on an auxiliary axle the screws into holes underneath the head, behind the threadcutter.  You might want to contact Myrna Ficken about instructions - she did an instructional DVD about the Hartley Fence and may have better suggestions than mine.  Good luck!
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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in hartley fence doesn't seem to fit right   
    Kathy, if it's just the gaps that are causing problems, cover the gaps with painter's tape - that will keep your rulers from dipping down into the gaps.
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    barbm reacted to MelissaJ in Stitch regulated mode is inconsistently bad but beautiful in manual mode   
    Maybe it's to soon to say this but after taking the tension finger out, seeing nothing but cleaning anyway....I have about 4' of beautiful stitching! Except for a skipped stitch or two. That's ok though, I can put up with that! Not really, but I'm so happy! Thank you for all your help!!!
    Melissa (Newbie )
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