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You should have threading instructions in your manual, either on CD or flashdrive.  Can you post a photo of your thread path?  We might be able to help you figure out where it needs to be.


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Barbara Mayfield
APQS Sales Representative & Educator
AND Quilt Path owner!!!

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." ~Henry van Dyke

APQS Northwest

1315 NW Mall Street, Suite 4

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

(425) 243-3502

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Here is a picture of my thread path.  In my manual, starting on p. 117, it has a section entitled "Thread Path for Your APQS Machine (use this path if you are NOT using the Top Thread Break Sensor)"  However, the very next section is entitled "Style L Bobbin Case Instructions" and starts on p. 121.  None of the threading instructions talk about the disk in the middle of the machine above the first 3-hole piece.  I have wrapped the thread around that disk after coming out of the 3-hole piece but my machine won't sew.   The USB drive I received has a very old video using a different machine.

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I can't see your thread path too well in your photo - thread's too light-colored.  On your USB drive, there should be a document about the "New Controls" - there should be instructions on using the Thread Break Sensor in that document, if I remember correctly.  In a nutshell, your thread path should usually be as follows:  Up from your cone of thread into the first thread guide (this guide should be centered over the cone), forward to the three-hole guide under the Thread Break Sensor.  Wrap around that guide three times, starting at the bottom - go through the bottom hole back-to-front, back around to do the same with the middle hole and the top hole.  Then around the Thread Break Sensor, in the same direction as the arrow on it is pointing, then forward to the other three-hole guide.  Go through the top hole in that guide, front-to-back, then back down through the last hole.  Down to the tension assembly, around it (making sure that the thread is seated between the tension plates), over the check spring, down under the "shepherd's crook" thread guide, up to the take-up lever, down through the pigtail, around to the pigtail above the needle, then through the needle.  Clear as mud??


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Barbara Mayfield
APQS Sales Representative & Educator
AND Quilt Path owner!!!

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." ~Henry van Dyke

APQS Northwest

1315 NW Mall Street, Suite 4

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

(425) 243-3502

info@apqsnw.com

www.apqsnw.com

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Thank you for the tip about the additional information in another part of the literature and the explanation of the thread path.  We have threaded and re-threaded the machine, and we are 99% certain now that it isn't a threading problem.  Our needle won't come back up.  The machine just won't sew.  We can engage Quilt Path, and the machine will follow the pattern, but the needle won't move up and down.  The needle also won't move when we try free motion either.  It doesn't seem to matter whether Quilt Path is used or not. 

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Obviously, there's more going on than a threading issue, as you said! Send an email to service@apqs.com, describing your symptoms. They'll get it figured out!


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Barbara Mayfield
APQS Sales Representative & Educator
AND Quilt Path owner!!!

"Use what talents you possess; the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best." ~Henry van Dyke

APQS Northwest

1315 NW Mall Street, Suite 4

Issaquah, WA  98027

 

(425) 243-3502

info@apqsnw.com

www.apqsnw.com

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Thanks for your help, Barb.  Turns out it wasn't a threading problem after all.  The back panel of the machine is defective, and they are sending me a new one.  We were able to FaceTime with Amy and she was awesome. 

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Barb, do you ALWAYS wrap every thread 3 times around the thread break sensor wheel or does it depend on the weight of the thread you're using?  With 40 weight King Tut, I feel like going three times around that wheel is adding way too much additional tension to my top thread and making it difficult to get a balanced stitch, even with the upper tension dial loosened to the point that the tension discs aren't touching.  

I really wish APQS would issue a completely revised manual for the current machine models rather than a book that refers primarily to discontinued models with completely different controls, and making new owners go hunting around for the "new controls" information.  Didn't these "new controls" come out, like, 10 years ago -- isn't that enough time to update the manual?  An outdated owner's manual makes it that much more difficult for new owners to become comfortable using their machines.

Rebecca Grace

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