Recommended Posts

how long does the original tension spring last?

 

i think mine is getting uncooperative not as responsive

 

 i have a spare spring but it looks like its made with  thinner shinier wire with more rings.  is this still the right one ?  has the stock changed over time?   the original one is almost black.

 

mind you i can't get the factory tightened screw to loosen with the allen key.  i really wish the factory could think about making them just tight enough so we can open them when needed.  not excessively tight.  

 

has anyone any insight on replacing this spring please.  or an idea of when it needs doing?  it needs servicing really...


3903CF121430B009ACE771072A3FAF28.pngLenni 2009

on IQ carriage with edgerider wheels and 2012 Lucey on bliss

www.j-quilts.co.uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Janette,

 

I think your talking about the spring on the tension assembly right?  I changed mine out probably in the last 6 months and I too thought the one the machine looked heavier but it works great and I have no issues.  I'm sorry you're having a tough time getting the screw out and I don't know how to help with that except maybe get a man to unman tighten it for you  :D

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks heidi.  glad im not the only one thinking it looked different.   i will try again.

 

it will take a miracle though to get my husband to my studio for at least six months though...  lol


3903CF121430B009ACE771072A3FAF28.pngLenni 2009

on IQ carriage with edgerider wheels and 2012 Lucey on bliss

www.j-quilts.co.uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

sort of.   i seem to have to be turning the tension dial more to have any effect if that makes sense.

 

i dont know how long they are supposed to last.


3903CF121430B009ACE771072A3FAF28.pngLenni 2009

on IQ carriage with edgerider wheels and 2012 Lucey on bliss

www.j-quilts.co.uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I don't know how long they are supposed to last, but I do know that installing a new one and adjusting it per Dawn's instructions made a huge difference in my stitch quality and made thread breakage all but disappear.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Funny, Janette, but I've been experiencing the same thing so last week I bought a new tension assembly and a spare spring for the exact same reason. I haven't installed it yet, but am excited to see if this helps. My machine is a 2005 and I'm the second owner; its the original one. The machine has been used for personal quilting for the most part; not commercially; which is probably why it has lasted this long. I haven't checked the difference in what the springs look like yet.


c7bae4be5138b5e1d1f267e209f5b9f6.png

APQS Millenium in

Spring Creek, NV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks.  i realise now that  the  spring that gets  changed is inside the tension assembly not the thicker one that i can see. i realised that i was also trying to undo the wrong screw what a dope i am...  so i now have the tension dial off ready to replace the spring.  

 

thanks again...


3903CF121430B009ACE771072A3FAF28.pngLenni 2009

on IQ carriage with edgerider wheels and 2012 Lucey on bliss

www.j-quilts.co.uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Jeanette

Are you talking about the check spring (the thin one)? They will get a groove in them over time just like your thread guides do and cause tension and thread shredding problems. I think Brenda's machine was about five years old when I changed hers.

Nigel


Brenda Wells - Green Millie. Sold November 2017
Nigel Wells - Ultimate 1 with Intellistitch & IQ.  Sold January 2019

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It all depends on how often you use your machine.  Heavy use, it should be changed out every 6 months and light use can go longer.  I've seen where the check springs has lasted over 4 years.  Like I said, it depends on your use.  As for me, I change mine out every 6 months.  And yes, I do have 2 tension assemb;ies.  This makes for quick changes so I can swap out the check spring when I get a free minute.  This is my practice and been doing it this way for the last 15 years without any tension problems.   Regards,   zeke.....................


C9A05C30E468F98BDBF3AA2DFD951ECF.png

by the hour.........................

APQS Ultimate I/Compuquilter

Millennium

ztrbrg@yahoo.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Great idea, Zeke on having mulitple tension assemblies. I bought a spring and a new tension assembly; so I would have a spare of one or the other if needed. I think I will purchase one more spare next time I buy parts or accessories!


c7bae4be5138b5e1d1f267e209f5b9f6.png

APQS Millenium in

Spring Creek, NV

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks.

 

I've had my  machine over three years so probably should have done this already as  it gets alot of use. maybe 20-25 pantos  a month.

 

managed to easily get the old spring out and the new one in.  so hopefully it will make a difference when i put it back on the machine....

 

i wonder what else i should have replaced by now??'?


3903CF121430B009ACE771072A3FAF28.pngLenni 2009

on IQ carriage with edgerider wheels and 2012 Lucey on bliss

www.j-quilts.co.uk

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Paste as plain text instead

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Loading...