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  1. I’m hoping those with better memories can help. In October, there was a discussion about uninteruptible power supply, but I can’t seem to locate the thread. I recall that Nigel posted information and it’s that info I’m looking for. Thanks for any help! Carolyn
  2. Thanks, Lisa. I'll watch it while I follow along. What are your preferred bobbins - pre-wound or winding your own? I've just started using my machine and need to order thread, but am wondering if pre-wounds are better, including the magnetic pre-wounds. Thanks,
  3. I'm new to posting again and happy to report that my older, but brand new (less than six hours of practice time) Mille is up and running thanks to our (new) APQS dealer in Oshawa (ON, Canada). I had Mille assembled a couple of times previously, but then never had the opportunity to really practice. I have a stand-alone APQS bobbin winder that I bought with my machine, but there aren't any instructions with it. Can anyone advise me how to set it up or advise if there's a video how-to? Thanks,
  4. I have been an APQS member for over eight years, have had my Mille for at least seven, but am still a very inexperienced 'newbie.' I am just starting to use my Mille and decided to go with leader grips. I have only pinned about three practice pieces, but leader grips at this stage of my learning present one less procedure to perfect. I want to mark and stitch the casings on my leaders for the leader grips, but note that the leaders for all three rollers are not evenly wound and all three are a different distance (in inches) from the end(s) of the rollers bars. Should the leaders all be the same distance from the ends of the bars and should they all be rolled up evenly so that you can't see the edges on the sides of each rolled up leader? I can liken it to rolling a tube of, let's say, wrapping paper, where either end is perfectly in line. I think the leaders should be the same, but......I don't know. Any help would be appreciated. Carolyn
  5. Long-time owner, but new - very new - user, still in the "PPP" stage. When Sid, do you need/use any specific ruler? TIA Carolyn
  6. Joan, My practicing has just started as well, even though I've had my Mille fora number of years. You mentioned getting a saddle stool - is this for sitting down while using the long-arm? Carolyn
  7. Simply lovely - quilt and quilting - and what a wonderful full visual effect for the quilt owner when she sees it in it's quilted glory! Good idea, Cindy. Carolyn
  8. Another 'newbie' question. Reading these different stories about SID and, in particular, about log cabin quilts, where is all the stitching in the ditch done? I'm in the very early practice stage. I can write names beautifully with my Mille, and can do a slightly passable feather - but only on one side. When I do the opposite side, I still have to come back to the start, but they're not as smooth or uniform as the first side. Should I be practicing how to do the one side and come around and down? Speaking of feathers and perfecting them, can anyone recommend sources - books or DVDS - to start with? TIA Carolyn
  9. I have just become reacquainted with my Mille and am starting to "practice" on a piece of muslin. My question is pretty basic, and the answer may relate in this instance to a plain piece of fabric being used as opposed to an actual quilt. When I start with my "pattern" at the front of the machine, and go from left to right, when it's time to do the next row, do I cut the thread and then go back to the left hand side to continue.........? TIA for any advice. Carolyn
  10. Thanks for the info - I think I'll make written notes to refer to until I'll know these thing by rote. What is the best mode for a newbie to start/practice in - manual or s/r? Thank, Carolyn
  11. Thanks so much for the offer, Nigel. And, yes, I see that you did refer to the "round" fuse cover (lesson: read carefully!) I had an extra fuse, but replaced the fuse right under the power switch - it wasn't burnt out, but I changed it for good measure, not realizing there was another fuse directly below that one. The fuse I took out from that one replaced the burnt out fuse for the motor. Luckily, there was a spare fuse included in the package I received from APQS when my machine was delivered, so that came in handy today because like you said nothing is open today because of the Family Day holiday. I starting stitching just for a moment and got really large stitches, so I'll be checking my manual to see why.........the learning curve starts. Thanks again for your help. Carolyn
  12. Thanks so much for all the help. I called Amy and her first suggestion was the fuse for the motor might have blown. When I checked the fuse that you mentioned, Nigel, it was the one directly below the power switch and not the one for the motor. The machine is running, but I have rather large stitches, so I'll have to read up and see why. At least, now, I know that there are the two separate fuses and I'll be sure to get a few from the Source as you suggested Nigel (I see that you're "north of Toronto and I am as well). Carolyn
  13. Thanks, Nigel........that didn't work. I've left a message for Amy. Carolyn
  14. Thanks, Dawn. I'm going to check the fuse. Okay, fuse is fine. The needle will not move up or down with any combination of control buttons. Is there someone I can call in service? It simply seems that the machine motor won't run....... Thanks, Carolyn
  15. Mark, I've done as you suggested and it appears the only things working are the lights. I got the chirping sound when using the left-hand side and the yellow light came on. When I tried the right-hand side using the control blue the machine didn't start, but the red "max" light came on and stayed on along with the yellow until I turned it off (depressing a coloured button). I note, though, that on the left bank of indicator lights, the number six light has stayed on. At present, the machine is very-well lit, but it won't start stitching. I appreciate everyone's help with this problem. I'm sure this is part of the "newbie" frustration, right..... Carolyn
  16. The various lights light up in the top bank of lights when the various buttons are depressed, but the machine doesn't come on - run. The same thing happens when I try the controls on the back of the machine and it won't run in manual mode. That's the left-hand control that makes a beeping sound when it's in manual mode, I'm presuming. This machine doesn't have five hours of time on it! Thanks, BQ. Carolyn
  17. Thank you, Shirley and Nigel, for your suggestions. The machine did come on a couple of days ago, but in order to get the needle up I had to use the hand wheel. When the machine did run it started after playing with every button, made some very large stitches then stopped in the needle down position. Today, the needle is up (manually), but other than the light coming on the machine won't run. Thanks, Carolyn
  18. I'm a new Mille user, but have had my machine for a few years. When I turned my Mille on today, the light came on (so there's power to the machine)' but that's all that happens. I've got the manual, but when I look up the problem (machine won't run), it doesn't seem to be any of those obvious solutions. The needle won't go up or down, but, simply (or not) the machine just doesn't come on. Does anyone have some suggestions? Thanks, Carolyn
  19. Thanks, Sue, for the information. I had a friend over to watch the video with me and it seems I've got it loaded right. She has a Voyager quilting system, so it's quite a bit different from the Mille. I'll go to the websites you mentioned and see what I can find there. Carolyn
  20. Hello. I've been an APQS member for over 8 years and bought my Millennium shortly after. However, just after I ordered my Mille, I accepted part-time job (as a court reporter) that turned out to be almost full-time (with transcripts). As a result, until now, haven't had the time to do anything with my machine. Full of inspiration, I ordered all the pocket guides, long-arm quilting books, zippers. et cetera, shortly after getting my machine. I did take one course with Karen McTavish when she came to Ontario (Canada), but I'm a very long way from being remotely able to do anything so advanced. The CD I received with my Mille that shows how to load the quilt isn't clear enough for me to know whether I've got everything loaded right. I don't know if there's a better instruction CD available. I'm also uncertain what I should be doing about oiling (if required) and any other pre-use maintenance tips. I have a motorized feed on my machine. Given the above, would anyone have any advice they could share with this 'newbie' about where I can find information on loading (practice muslin) a quilt on my machine properly and anything else I should know before I start my long overdue practicing? Thanks in advance. Carolyn
  21. Hi, Linda. I think you're wise to keep looking. Most people are brand-loyal, but you can go and 'test-drive' some of the better ones and then see if you can find one at a good price. Personally, I love Bernina products, in terms of their capabilities and where they're manufactured (Switzerland). I used to sew higher-end custom figure-skating wear and used my serger almost exclusively for construction. Now, to ask you a few questions regarding your chain-stitch machine: what model, where did you buy it (store or e-bay, etc.) and do you feel it's worth investing in one? TIA Carolyn
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