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1 hour ago, RunningThreads said:

I changed them once in 12 years chasing a problem that wasn't the wheels so I would say almost never.

Nigel

 

5 hours ago, ednarob said:

I just want to put it out there, how often do you change your encoder wheels?  

 

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What was the problem then if it was not the encoder wheels...I have changed the encoder wheels a few times at some cost too and I still have the same problem, the machine hesitates and then the stitch length goes longer.  I have had my machine since 2007 and I have changed the encoder wheels about 3 times and I have 2 more on order which I expect delivery in the next few days. 

 

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I had a broken wire right at the plug for the encoder.  Mostly it would make a connection but occasionally it would break and I would get a long stitch until it connected again.  I found it by wiggling the wire to the encoder while moving the machine in regulated mode without thread.  

Nigel


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

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My broken wire was at one of the pins in the Molex connector.  I managed to solder the wire to the pin because I didn't have any new pins at the time.  I guess I should repair it properly, I think it's only been about six or seven years.


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

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I have replaced my encoder wires but not the wheels.  Very easy to do and Very affordable, under $10 per wire and I did both of them just because.  I had been getting long stitches and APQS spent a little time on the phone with me to figure out the wire wasn't staying connected at all times.  Once we decided what the problem was they sent the parts, I had them in two days. 


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