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I recently purchased an Ultimate II from Facebook site unseen.  I think I was kinda crazy that day.  The machine has a lot of issues.  The top thread shreds after a couple of minutes  its very furstrating to operate like this.  I have checked both pigtails and they are good. I am hoping for some guidance on what do do next.  Also can casters be added to this machine?

 

Thanks  

Loretta

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Hi Loretta

The U2 is a real workhorse and once you get it sorted out will give you many years of dependable service.  You didn’t say what thread you are using but I would suggest using something like Superior So-Fine or Glide to start.  Both are quite strong and work well with the high speed machines.  Also look for a groove in the check spring and needle plate.  Grab the needle bar and see if there is any play front to back or side to side, should be none.  Remove the bobbin case,  put your thumb on the centre pin of the hook and your first two fingers behind the hook and see if there is any play in and out, again should be none.  Any of these issues are corrected simply and inexpensively. 
 

You probably could find casters for your table but I suspect you are on your own.  You could also use furniture glides under the legs, that’s what we did on carpet and the machines were easy to move when needed.

There are a couple of people on here that use U2 machines every day in their businesses.  Pretty good for a machine that has been out of production for almost 20 years.

 

Nigel


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

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I have an ULT11 and use it for business.  All of the suggestions that Nigel said are things that need to be checked right off.  I know that I had alot of issues with my machine when I first got it (third hand used) until I found out that the needle bar was moving ever so slightly.  Once I replaced that and secured it with absolutely no movement, all my problems stopped!  

The thread that you use is important. My machine does not like certain brands of thread... so you will have to try a few to see what works best with your machine.  I find embroidery thread works very well...Omni, Glide, some Superior threads work well.   Also make sure you are using the correct size needle for the thread you are using.  

I am assuming you got a manual with your machine.  Look at that and check all areas of thread path for any burrs.. you can do this by using a small piece of nylon and run it around those areas to see if it catches.  Sometimes the burr is so slight the naked eye can not detect it.  Also check your needle plate for burrs.  

Make sure everything is nice and clean, oiled very well.  Including the tension wheel.  I actually had to replace mine.  All parts can be obtained through APQS.


Laura

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Thanks for the responses,  I am using glide thread and prewound bobbins and bobbins I wound on a cheap bobbin winder from walmart.  It didn't come with a bobbin winder,  didn't make a difference in thread shredding issue.  I have looked at the pigtails under a magnifying glass.  they looked okay.  I will check with nylon when I can find one. The needle bar doesn't move, the hook seems secure. The manual I received was a xeroxed copy of the manual in a folder. When you say oil the tension wheel are you referring to the tension adjust assembly or the flywheel assembly?  

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Loretta

You can grab the thread above and below the pig tail and drag it in a circle around the inside of the guide.  If it catches at all you have a groove.  Loosen the screw and rotate the pig tail upside down and tighten back up.  That will last for many months until you get replacements.  They are inexpensive but the shipping isn’t so wait until you have a few other things you want from APQS.  
 

Nigel


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

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Laura can probably tell you better but basically you must use the turn the flywheel manually to make a single stitch to pull up the bobbin thread.  Then I would hold the tails away from the direction I am going to quilt and turn the machine on and make a couple of very short locking stitches and then quilt away.  When you want to stop make a few short stitches as you are turning off the machine.  Then bring the needle up manually move the head away a few inches, grab the top thread, move the head back to the last stitch, make a single stitch, move the head about an inch and pop up the bobbin thread hold both threads, move head away several inches and clip threads at quilt. Look at this video and you will get the idea, you just don’t have the single stitch or the automatic needle positioning.  After a few tries it will become second nature.

Nigel

https://youtu.be/e1PCvBa6jsk

 


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

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