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  1. This is so familiar! I posted last year about the same issue. Although many suggestions were given as to adjusting tension, backlash etc, my machine was down for a LONG time of trouble shooting every issue. Skip ahead to this year and the final fix which was to replace the encoder circuit board under the carriage! The first indication I ever had was that the stitch regulator didn't seem to regulate very well. This translated to a HOT bobbin because of irregular tension. No, it wasn't an oiling problem or my tension or timing or power source or cord issue and I use magnetic bobs. Angie hel
  2. Thanks Jim and Gail, Good thought Gail. I did change to a new bobbin case yesterday, still running warm. Just before the problem started, I WD40'ed the area and oiled again a few times. Also ran the Tut. Knowing it was linty, I blew the area frequently while quilting and cleaned tension discs. I remember the top thread wrapping the bobbin (either Tut or before) and me pulling bits out. I've tried to go in from all angles and can see nothing left over, but perhaps there is still a piece wrapped??? I don't think I could see it without taking the collar off and having to retime. :-(
  3. Thanks Betsy and Jim, I did put a new needle in, but I did the same for the previous quilt which also ran hot bobbin. Jim, no ruler on this one. I got slightly better tension with another cleanout of discs, smoothing the spring with emery and fiddling the tension, and I managed to finish the loaded quilt with minor back loopies. There does seem to be friction causing heat but can this also be from top tension issues? I've never taken the hook assembly off the rotating shaft and I've shied away from timing. The previous quilt I was determined to use King Tut on top for a thicke
  4. Thanks, Cagey! I've used Magnetic bobbins for years and never had a problem. Love them. I've taken off the hook finger and thoroughly cleaned around the bobbin case, cant see anything that would cause a problem. The top thread seems to have more tension on it. I've checked thread path, cleaned tension discs, checked piggies for snags... Can anyone help with this picture!!? I'm frantic halfway through a wedding quilt and, as well as bobbin area running hot after steady quilting, I'm getting irregular stitch length (with stitch regulator on) and the path is 'wobbling' not straight, particul
  5. Can anyone explain why my bobbin would be running HOT? I'm really not quilting that fast. I've had a few thread breaks up top (but that may be because it jumped out of a pigtail). I use magnaglide bobbins, Glide on top, and when I put my hand on the bobbin to check thread, it almost burns my fingers! This happened last quilt as well. I've oiled, cleaned lint, rethreaded.....What is happening?!! Anne Sorry forgot to say I use a 2013 MIllie.
  6. I keep one bobbin case just for Magna glides and use mostly Glide thread on top. Remove spring, black magnet down when open case facing you and the thread will come off clockwise. I also had to tighten the tension screw on this bobbin case about a 1/4 turn more than regular bobs. Hope that helps! Just keep fiddling until you get the thread where you want it in the 'sandwich' and then keep that case aside. Anne
  7. Two sides- I began by doing some research and diving in with a Millie purchase; I had barely touched a longarm. No rentals in my area and only one machine dealer. So I had some basic loading/doodling under my belt on my own machine before attending an MQX for a concentrated set of lessons. I got more out of the lessons having a beginner understanding. However, by having the opportunity to take in-depth lessons on 3 or 4 different longarms, I was really able to define which ones I liked working on and why, and realized how lucky I was to own an APQS machine!! I can't imagine how I would hav
  8. HI Vicki, Glad it worked out in the end. I would have had a heart attack! Just to clarify, did you wash the whole quilt or just dab the bled area with Synthrapol? Did you soak the area? Do you have to wash Synthrapol out? I'm asking as I'm afraid to use my traditional Japanese indigo dyed fabric with lighter colours in a quilt, and I'm wondering if treating with Synthrapol before would prevent bleeding. Thanks, Anne
  9. Forgive my ignorance, but can someone explain exactly how to 're-tap'. Where to get supplies (Canada), what size tap, and what size hex screw do I replace the flat head with? My left needle screwhole is stripped and I'm terrified of changing needles in case my right (and only) screw does the same thing! Thanks, Anne
  10. Question- Did you work from the front or the back with these boards? How did you stay within the shapes? From the back, it would be hard to 'paint inside the lines'. Fabulous look for a modern quilt. Hope you can enlighten me! Anne
  11. I love the Fantastico colours, especially the variegated on black. Stitches very smoothly for me. Anne
  12. Everyone has their favourites and there are many nice rulers out there. I'm sure there are different 'favourites'! I tried a number of straight rulers at the beginning and my hand always goes to Deloa castle ruler. For a beginner, the ears are so useful and the marked lines are simple and accurate. I have both sizes. The 'little one' has a handy curve on one side. I found I needed a longer straight ruler sometimes and added Janet Lee's Favourite from Gadget Girls. Curved rulers are my next most used, and I use Accents in Design 12 1/2" a lot and Deloa's boomerangs in various sizes. S
  13. I can SO identify with this!! I felt so stupid. Here I was - cutting slits in my Glide cones to hold tails until one day the base rolled down....
  14. 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 h
  15. Thanks so much for your replies! Crossing fingers that a fuse fix will do it. Panic set in when my 'Millie therapy' all of a sudden wasn't there! One more challenge..... I'll keep you posted. Anne
  16. Ok, I broke my Millie. Happily oiling after a finish and without thinking, I swung the open needle plate back to catch oil drops while the needle was going. Bad. Needle broke on plate, never went into bobbin area. Put in new needle, lIghts come on but no needle up/down or sewing. Handle buttons do nothing. I can turn the flywheel and needle goes down/bobbin assembly turns. The needle appears to be in the right place (eye just visible at full depth of needle bar). I've checked 2 fuses (by power plug and under the top- Canada). Does a blown fuse look black or any different? These a
  17. Did it still smell bad after it dried? I've worked with antique silk fabric (beautiful stuff from the 30s) but when I wetted it, it had a horrible chemical smell that disappeared when dry. I found out that they used to treat fabric with nasty chemicals like DDT as an insecticidal agent (now banned). Moths love silk. As mine was only for christening and then stored, I did keep it. There are strong concerns right now with chemicals being used in modern clothing, like formaldehyde to reduce mold while shipping. Some export clothing from China were found 900 times higher than safety levels i
  18. Can we add? -And I want to look just like the lady in the photo, too! Maybe if I practice all of the above... Merry Christmas to all and thanks for those words of wisdom, Oma! Anne
  19. I used to loop my snips on the post. Then I discovered Needle Nannies!! (thanks Matt) Puffin and Co have these beautiful metal art pieces that also make great gifts. www.puffinco.com I wear my dragonfly Needle Nanny top left of my MQX work apron (I'm right-handed). I never have to look for my snips and just slap my chest to put them away! (Just remember to turn the points in or they can catch your chin ) I taped a small piece of batt just behind post to put thread ends while working. I keep another piece of batt at my left hand on a table also to put thread cuts on, keeps them aw
  20. I love how breatheable and light a wool batting is for a bed quilt (especially king), soft drape, good definition and good for cuddles. I use Tuscany 100% wool for all my personal quilts that don't hang on a wall and it's so satisfying to quilt, never beards. (I'm battling a Hobbs cotton/poly roll right now that beards no matter what I do. I even talked to vice president of Hobbs to make sure I was 'right side up'!). I agree, wool does pull in more due to loft, but I prefer it over working with double batt. Wool as a fibre doesn't like to be shocked. I dont know about the thermal bonding o
  21. I agree with Linda. Facebook irritates me and websites are formal. Blogs are a great way to share so many things. For inspiration (like that pattern, maybe I'll buy it, I like those colours/fabric); for quilting ideas (that really worked! Wish I could do as well, maybe more practice and I'll remember to credit where the idea came from); for problem solving, process or sharing imperfection (tutorials, great ideas, or hmmm that didnt work); for a view of quilting life in another part of the world (travel log! weather check! cross cultural networking) and just for the social connection of sha
  22. I just received Angela Walters new book from Amazon (Shape by Shape) and she has a chapter of ideas for quilting within circles very similar to this top. Some of those ideas would look very nice in the white circles! Simple and not too dense. Anne
  23. A truly lovely quilting job and I love your colours! I'm interested in learning more about choosing thread colours. Some of yours look metallic? Would you mind sharing which Glide colours you used and your thought process on your choices? Still learning, Anne
  24. I'm fascinated by the border as well. Lovely in the african fabrics. How is it made? Pieced or appliqued? Is there a pattern? Anne
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