If you have had your Intellistitch for a while and become faster at stitching, the factory stitching speed setting may be too low for you. To increase the stitching speed, go into adjustment mode (hold down red button at back of machine when turning machine on) and follow these steps:
REGULATED STITCHING SPEED
The REGULATED STITCHING SPEED directly affects the quality of the stitch regulation. If you can "outrun" the machine, in other words, the stitches get longer when you move the machine faster, the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED is not high enough. On the other hand, if the stitches are shorter than the selected length, because double stitching occurs, the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED is too high. Too high speed can also cause motor overheating.
The AUTO ADJUSTMENT sets the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED to a level that is optimal for a machine with average mechanical drag. However, some machines may run slower than the average, usually during their first month(s) after coming out of the manufacturer, or because of minor misalignments in the mechanism. In case of a "tighter" machine, we strongly suggest to investigate the causes of the tightness first. Only if the investigation does not reveal mechanical problems as the cause of tightness do we recommend adjusting the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED.
While all of the other adjustments are "What You See Is What You Get", the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED setting requires testing outside the adjustment mode: After changing the speed, return to the normal operating mode by turning the power off and on again. Test the quality of the stitch regulation by moving the arm with your slowest and fastest speed and decide whether further adjustments are necessary. If yes, return to the adjustment mode and make the changes.
In order to help you in memorizing the settings, and to make the phone assistance from an IntelliStitch service representative easier, the actual REGULATED STITCHING SPEED correction is reported by AUDIBLE INDICATION, a series of short and long beeps every time you push the RED BUTTON. The relationship between the beeps and correction steps is shown on the table below. The short beeps are marked by "●", the long ones by "▬".
|AUDIBLE INDICATION||CORRECTION||AUDIBLE INDICATION||CORRECTION|
|● ● ●||0||● ● ▬||+1|
|● ▬ ●||+2||● ▬ ▬||+3|
|▬ ● ●||+4||▬ ● ▬||+5|
|▬ ▬ ●||+6||▬ ▬ ▬||+7|
The optimum setting of the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED will be just high enough to provide accurate stitch length, but not too high to cause motor overheating or double stitching. Always start with the speed set by the AUTO ADJUSTMENT, and gradually increase it until acceptable regulation is reached.
To change the REGULATED STITCHING SPEED, follow the procedure below:
Based on the regulation quality test, decide if the speed needs to be increased or decreased.
Turn on the DOWN light if the speed needs to be decreased, turn it off if increasing is necessary.
With the SELECTOR DIAL at the 6 stitches/inch position, push and hold down the RED BUTTON. A series of short and long beeps will report the actual speed correction setting.
While still holding the RED BUTTON down, hit the BLACK BUTTON. A beep will indicate that the speed was increased/decreased and the new value was stored in the computer's memory. A missing beep indicates that a high/low limit was reached.
Release the RED BUTTON and repeat the procedure from Step 3, changing the speed by one or two steps at a time.
Set the machine in normal operating mode and test the results of the adjustment.
Repeat the procedure from Step 1, if necessary.