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    imaward reacted to Gator in roller brake   
    IMAWARD,  what year and model  is your machine?   Just asking because the older machines have a wooden brake and the new ones have a metal one.   The info above is good advice.
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    imaward reacted to Kueser in roller brake   
    I ended up taking off the Velcro after several years of fighting the mess. Works just as well.
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    imaward reacted to sewingpup in roller brake   
    Yep as Sharon says.  You need to release it to advance or roll the quilt.  I did some adjusting of mine at first without loosening the brake....yikes....what a mess.....the Velcro did move out of place leaving a goopy mess.....I cleaned it with rubbing alcohol I believe...it took a while....then ended up applying a new valcro strip.....good news though....I haven't had to replace it for several years.....I have had to take my Allen wrench and tighten the handle a few times though.....I bought one of those multi sized allen wrenchs that had the same size in it.....I like it better because you have a bigger handle to use when tightening.....
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    imaward reacted to Sharon Deming in roller brake   
    The purpose of the brake is to keep the roller from moving, so be sure to release the brake before you advance or "rewind" your quilt.  You should have received an angled "Allen" wrench with your APQS machine. You may find that over time, the brake handle doesn't hold the rollers as firmly as it once did. The angled wrench is used to set the handle in a position that will enable it to hold firmly. If you purchased a used machine, you may or may not have the instructions for this, but you can find info with a quick forum or google search.
    And you are correct, there are NO stupid questions. We ALL had to learn about the brake!
    Be blessed as you fall in love with longarm quilting!
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    imaward got a reaction from Gail O in Lost my mojo   
    My Millie is set up in my deceased mother's bedroom.  She lived with us for 5 years as she battled cancer.  I can feel at peace even if I just go in and sit for a few minutes on my lunch hour.  I wonder if in January, we are just catching up from the FRAZZLE of the Holidays.  I love all processes of  Quilt Making.  It does bring me joy - but you are right.... Reflection and renewal is required as well.  I last really quilted mid November.  I feel like I am ready to go.  Enjoy your quiet time as it is precious!
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