Cairns

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  1. Cairns

    Hot bobbin

    It certainly does help. I will ask Angie. Thanks
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    Hot bobbin

    Hi. Interesting.That’s good to know. I’ve used only bobbins from APQS. I use a Towa and generally play till the tension is good top and bottom. Except for an occasional practice piece, I’ve only used a Superior So Fine or MicroQuilter thread.
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    Hot bobbin

    Thanks. I’ve actually done this a couple of times with no affect. Appreciate the suggestion
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    Hot bobbin

    Does anyone know why my bobbin and bobbin basket are getting hot? My 2-year old Lucey was leaking gear box grease and APQS sent me a seal to install behind the hook assembly. I did so and then re-timed her. Lucey is still sewing beautifully but I’m concerned with the warm to hot bobbin and basket. Lucey is still leaking gear box grease, now in a different area. I’m watching it, per APQS, in case it’s just excess and will resolve itself. But, APQS hasn’t yet responded to my question about the heated parts. Thanks for any suggestions.
  5. Hi. I think I’ve timed Lucey - on third try. I’ve tightened the screws as tightly as I can. Here’s hoping. Thanks
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    You are too funny. Thanks again for your help. Jo
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    Hi! I think you’re right and I’ll get some sandpaper. Are you saying that the needle “sweet spot” should be higher than what is on the video and written instructions?I don’t know that it makes much difference because either is so hard for me to see. Four tries? How did you know there was a problem each time? Did you hit metal when there was needle flex or was there some other things indicator? Did you start from scratch each time? I just don’t understand why I could free motion for so long before a problem arose. Thanks, so much, for your help.
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    I did have to take off the collar, yes. I don’t think I’d need to remove that, again. Shouldn’t there be pretty good gouges from securing the hook assembly? There’s no play in the hook assembly thanks
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    Timing your APQS Machine

    Help, please. I had to install a gasket for my Lucey gearbox, which meant removing the hook assembly and re-timing. At last, I thought I was successful. However, after sewing for some time, the machine hit metal. I changed the needle and tried again. The same thing happened a bit later. I now have scratches on the mitten part of the hook assembly. The needle isn’ Hitting anything when I rotate the wheel. I’ve left a message for Angie, but hate to wait until Monday. Customer Quilt coming... So, can anyone answer, please? 1. Why would my machine work for quite a while before a problem occurred? I had been giving it a real workout with no issues and good stitches. 2. Do I have to start the timing process again? If so, will it hurt the machine to file down the shaft again, etc.? 3. How do I know it’s timed correctly? My confidence is now shot, having co,pleated the steps the first time. My Lucey is only 2 years old and I don’t want to shorten her life. Thanks for any suggestions
  10. Thanks. Angie told me to use the file with a slightly faster speed (8), and it did come off. i timed the little devil and had been sewing some time when ‘clank’. I think my needle is hitting the hook assembly. I’m waiting for Angie to get back to me about starting over. I just don’t know why it took so long before an issue arose and if it’s going to be okay filing down again. yikes
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    Laser problem

    Hi. I’m back from vacation and attempting to begin timing Lucey. I’ve inserted the new gasket, replaced the collar, but I can’t get the hook assembly back on the shaft. Any suggestions? Thanks
  12. Thanks. I’m having the same issue. I’m a bit hesitant to file more, as there’s no visible irregularity visible. APQS help desk has been very busy.
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    Laser problem

    Good way to look at it. I knew I’d have to re-time sooner or later. thanks
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    Laser problem

    Just FYI, APQS said the gear box shouldn’t be leaking in my Lucey and they sent me a new gasket. Unfortunately, installing it will mean removing the hook assembly and re-timing.