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Photographs of the APQS Millennium from the 1999 MQS
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#1 This photo shows the operator controls at the needle position. The meter shows the stitches per inch for the stitch regulator or mode 2 (see http://www.houseofhanson.com/computerassisted.html ). The handles are parallel to the quilt top and are infinitely adjustable upward or downward for tall or short operators. The four set screws in the center, control how tight the handles are from very loose to locked. The fluorescent light is visible below the handles.
#2 This photo shows the bobbin winder on the left side of the machine head just below the "wheel".
#3 This photo shows the 20 or so status lights that the technician at APQS uses to trouble shoot or adjust the Millennium at the factory or over the telephone with the owner should adjustments be necessary.
#4 This photo shows the status lights at the pantograph end of the machine head. The lights are mirrored in both operator positions and are always the same unless an LED were to burn out.
#5 This photo is an attempt to show the "thread cutter". The razor blade is changed by removing the Plexiglas. The tail of the thread is from the needle/foot to the center of the cutter box or about 4 inches for the Millennium.
#6 This photo shows the control handles in the up position as they might be for storage or while performing maintenance or frog stitching (unsewing....rip-it).
#7 This photo shows the foot control pedal for advancing or backing up the quilt via the electric motor shown in the next photo. The motor turn all the rollers bars that have canvas so there is no danger of stretching or pulling the quilt in half. If the needle is left down and the quilt is advanced one could tear the quilt. So those upgrading to the Millennium with motor advance will have to unlearn the method of leaving the needle down; advancing the quilt to the next section to be sewn; then raising the needle to proceed. Somehow I don't think this will be hard to relearn. <g>
#7 This photo shows the quilt advance motor drive system attached to the end of the roller bars. I did ask the question and the motor can be mounted on either end of the table at the factory before shipping or even later by the owner should the machine be relocated where one might want the motor advance on the other end of the table.
#8 This is an attempt to show that the take-up roller on the Millennium is actually two rollers (as is the Gammill Supreme). Both rollers are stationary in that they do not move up or down. The lower roller has no canvas leader and is only used to redirect the sewn fabric upward to the higher take up roller with the canvas. There is no adjustment needed as the finished quilt diameter increases on the take-up roller. So there is one less thing for you to remember. This method does decrease the area of sewable area as the lower bar can touch the needle foot sooner than if the bar was not present as in the standard configuration of earlier longarm machines.
I apologize to the hanson list members because I thought these photos that I took showed the switches or buttons on the controls better. They barely show at all, but the switches are the soft touch type, flush mounted switches. Each handle (two per sewing position) has four button on the end of each handle. The four buttons on each handle are different colors and are duplicated in all four handle locations. So it is comfortable for both right and left handed operators alike. Also, the function of the switches is programmable should the need arise to change the function of a particular switch at its four locations.
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