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  1. Good job. They are only holding the cover on and do not need to be very tight. Happy Quilting, John
  2. I have been quite successful removing damaged screws by taking a scratch awl and putting it in the middle of the damaged screw and then taping it with a hammer. This loosens the threads. I have also cut a slot in the screw head with a cutoff blade on a Dremel tool then used a slotted screwdriver. Sears has a damaged screw removal kit. It is not cheap but to the best of my knowledge it works quite good. A possible problem with replacing the screws with harder screws you then have the possibility of stripping the threads in the machine. Good Luck John
  3. The factory has soft mount upgrades including the new wheels. They also have the wheels available. Call Linda at the factory ext 6 to order. John
  4. 1. Remove the needle 2. Raise the HF and operate the machine with the wheel until the needle bar and the HF are in the lowest position. 3. I believe the factory says 1/2 a business card. I use a feeler gage (automotive or machinist) .030 inches. 4. Move the hopping foot down on the gage. (The gage will be between the HF and the plate. 5. Align the needle bar to the center of the opening in the HF. 6. Tighten the HF screw and reinstall you needle and you are ready to go. Feel free to email or call me if you have any problems. John
  5. Take the front cover with the meter off . Screws are on the sides, you will find a florescent starter in a socket. I have found the socket cracked before. Try reseating the starter. A little round silver unit plugged into a socket. Your local hardware or Home Depot will have the starter and the florescent tube (same as used in many computer scanners) in stock. This unit starts the florescent lamp. Anoter thing to check is the contacts for the florescent tube. Make sure they are making good contact. Good luck
  6. I just read the first post again and noticed that the machine was a Liberty. The issue with putting pressure down on the handles is generally associated with the Millie.
  7. We have two 10 foot tables that we move around a lot to shows etc. We also have two 14 foot tables. A 12 foot table will probably work on 95+ % of the quilts you will see. We have at times used the whole 14 foot table. We normally suggest the largest table you have room for. Of course you can always order your millie with a 13 foot or a custom size that works for you.
  8. Loopies are sometimes caused by tension or the check spring on the tension adjuster. The check spring should be sitting at about 10 o'clock. It should be free and have enought tension to take up the thread when the arm comes down with the thread. If this slack is not pulled back you will get loopies. Check this spring then check your bobbin tension and lastly adjust the top tension. It is like a tug of war that ends in a draw with the knot in the middle of your quilt. Hope this helps. John
  9. Patty: I have had some bars made to replace the old connections for the Hartley Fence and Circle Lord (ie front axle). It has attachments on both sides of the machine. (We also have a Hartley Fence and Circle Lord.) If you only have the Hartley Fence contact Linda at APQS and she can help you. If you need the bar on both sides (Hartley Fence and Circle Lord) contact me for pricing and shipping information. 816-350-2002 or countrylanequilting@mail.com or www.countrylanequilting.com John
  10. Teresa: This is the mounting system used on current production. It consists of shock absorbing mounts and the front axle is moved forward about 5 inches. I think APQS is now shipping the new soft mount system with the new wheels. The only thing that would need to be done is moving the front axle forward and adding a bar for the Hartly Fence (it is located where the front axle was located. I have installed several soft mounts systems without the new wheels and relocated the front axle. It gives the machine better balance and seems to really make loops etc. easier to make. You could cont
  11. I will ditto Mark on this one. I have seen this happen many times. Some times you get tired and lean down on the handle. I'll bet this does not happen if you use the machine from the back. If you have the softmount upgrade done you may be able to get the front axle moved forward to the position that is used on current production. I have relocated the axle and installed soft mounts on several machines with very good success and reports from the quilters.
  12. Hi: You might be putting downward pressure on the handles and lifting the back of the machine up. This causes the wheel to come off the rail and the encoder wheel does not turn causing a long stitch. Have you had the upgrade performed that includes moving the front axle forward? This eliminates the issue of lifting the back of the machine up? A lighter touch on the handles might be in order. John
  13. Your Millie comes standard with the power advance. Three of our tables have power advance. I think you will find it great. We used a table for six years without one and i'm sure you will love this feature. If you contact your local dealer they will be glad to go over everything that comes with your Millie or you can call us, we would be glad to help. John
  14. Barb: We move, install and set up many machines so we have a lot of experience with moving them. I hope you kept your shipping box that the Millie came in. You will need to remove the axles and handles to get it back in the box. I would consider moving it my self. High Value in one box. Maybe you have a local dealer has the other boxes for the tubes and rails for the table. I would ship it in parts not as one piece. Assembly is not time consuming. You can call Mark or feel free to call me if you need help. Shipping in original containers assures that you system will be protected. I
  15. There are many things that can cause thread breakage. You didn't say how old your Millie is. If it has made lots of quilts the pigtail guides can get a groove worn in them. Take a toothpick and feel around inside of the quides. Also use your toothpick to check the hook assy. Your book tells you the places to check on your hook. I work on many makes of machines and the throat plate on a Millie is stainless steel and I have never seen a groove worn in one yet. The quilt could be too tight, add poly batting and your have another factor to increase thread breakage. Check out superiorthread
  16. Pat: You did not say which machine you own. Also where does the noise seem to be coming from? What does the noise sound like? How long have you had the machine? It could be one of several things. If you want to reply via phone, post or email I would be glad to help you. My contact information is on our web site. John
  17. Kim: Kathy is correct. Righty tighty, Lefty loosey. When you turn clockwise you put more pressure on the two plates and this holds the thread tighter. If you look at the screw that the knurled knob screws on, the screw end should be just about flush with the end of the knob. This is the ballpark adjustment and should be close to the correct setting. Good Luck.
  18. Kim: I work on a lot of Nolting machines. All of the machines work in the same manner. There are several threads on this subject. Do a search on tension in this forum. Another great resource is www.sureriorthreads.com click on education or training. Lots of great information about needles, tension etc. First did you change anything? Tension usually does not need adjustment as long as no changes have been made to your setup. Brand, weight of thread, material, batting, etc. It appears that your top tension is too loose or the bottom too tight. Check the bobbin tension with th
  19. I thought I would add a few thoughts to the lighting issue. Fluorescent lights come in several varieties depending on your use. The daylight bulbs are much like outdoor lighting. They also make a bulb that is produced to give you the best color rendition. We selected bulbs for color purity rather than the brightest. I think that light is much a personal preference. I would not recommend shop lights (biggest advantage is $1 each rather than $5 or so each for specialty) they will not give you the best lighting for quilting.
  20. Jeri: I stock the cap and grease. Contact me to get them. No charge. I?ll walk you through using the cap and grease. It is special grease. Just give me a call. 816-350-2002
  21. It is unusual for a machine to get out of time unless something hits the hook assy. Did you replace the needle with one of the same size and type? If you did not make any changes you may have knocked the machine out of time. The manual goes through timing, however if you have never timed a machine it may appear a bit daunting. If you would like to call me I would be happy to walk you through the process. Our Number at our Studio here in Lee?s Summit, Mo is 816-350-2002. I would be happy to help you. If you don?t want to do that Connie, or Mark can walk you through timing tomorrow.
  22. A good place to get information on needles, thread and all kinds of stuff is www.superiorthreads.com . I prefer MR needles because they have a large scarf and this gives the hook a better chance to pick up the thread. We use size MR 3.5 most of the time and sometimes a 4.0. If you use a larger needle the holes in your material will be larger. This may not be what you want if you are using material with a tight weave. Because the larger needles have a larger shank you may run in to a problem if your machine is timed with a smaller i.e. 3.5 needle. The larger needle may hit the hook. This
  23. You may need to raise your hopping foot a bit. The adjustment is on the right side, you will see a hole and the screw can be seen in this hole, use a good slotted crewdriver to loosen the clamp, you can then move the foot up or down. The normal height is a dimes's thickness from the throat plate, I carry a dime in my service kit for this reason. If the hopping foot is too low you will hear a hammering sound when you are sewing. This is very easy to hear. The Millie is very forgiving for different thicknesses and you probable will not need to raise the hopping foot. Good Luck
  24. Nancy: Welcome: You have recieved some excellent advice. We have been in the business for about 8 years now. There is some excellent information on starting a quilting business available. One of the things you might want to do is contact the local guilds (search on quilting guilds). We get to Atlanta about once a year so I am familiar with your city. Our studio is located in Lee's Summit, MO near Kansas City. If we can be of any help please contact Janet or Mary at countrylanequilt@mail.com or see our website www.countrylanequilting.com.
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