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Nolting Manufacturing
1105 Hawkeye Dr.
Hiawatha, Iowa 52233

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98 I/S in the Nolting Machine

The "98" Intellistich was the first stitch regulator installed in the Nolting longarm machines. When the "98" is adjusted properly, it works very well. This stitch regulator does not have all of the options that the new Intellistich has, but it allows the operator to have more control than if they just had a standard speed control machine. This stitch regulator has a single stitch button on it that allows you to press a button on the handle to make a single stitch. This also makes it easier to pull up the bobbin thread. Also, each time that you shut the machine off with the black button on the handle, the machine will stop with the needle up. This allows you to move the machine so that you can start stitching in another location on your quilt without having to manually turn the thumb wheel.


Before you make any adjustments to your Intellistich, you should make sure that this is something that you really need to do.
Your machine may change a little bit over time. As the machine gets some wear on it, it will usually loosen up. This means that you may have to lower the power of some of the settings to avoid over run. Over run is when the machine stops, but the machine is so loose that the mechanical parts move farther than desired.
If the machine seems to get tighter over time, you should check to see what is binding. It may be just a dirty hook assembly or you may have a bearing dragging. Before you adjust, it is a good idea to clean and oil the machine.

One thing to always remember, the Intellistich is not connected to the mechanical parts of your machine. For example: if the hook timing seems to be off, you can't reset it by adjusting the Intellistich.
The Intellistich runs the motor only. It controls the amount of power sent to the motor and when the power is sent to the motor.
The Intellistich relies on three optical encoders to send it signals. When these signals are sent, the Intellistich then knows when to fire power to the motor, and how many times to power the motor.
For example: If you have your Intellistich set on twelve stitches per inch and move your machine one inch, the Intellistich will start and stop the motor twelve times. This will create twelve uniform stitches. When the machine is ran on the "free" side or the % side, the motor runs at a constant speed. Therefore, your movement regulates the stitch length. If you move slowly, you will get small stitches. If you move fast, you will get longer stitches.

Two of the encoders are mounted in line with the track system on the machine and table. One encoder is mounted on the side of your Nolting machine between the front and rear axles. Another encoder is mounted on the cross track of the table. The encoder on the cross track sends a signal through a phone cord to the mother board which is mounted in the top of the machine, telling the machine that you are moving it from left to right, and the speed in witch you are moving. This left and right movement is called the "X" axis. The encoder on the side of the machine also tells the motherboard when you are moving and how fast. This forward and backward motion is called the "Y" axis. In turn, the motherboard knows when you are moving and also how fast you are moving. Therefore it knows when to fire power to the motor and how many times.

The third encoder is mounted on the back of the machine, located right behind the motor. This encoder is connected to the motor pulley with a connector called the encoder plug. This encoder is set when the Intellistich is programmed. It is called the motor encoder or needle encoder. This encoder just marks one position. It tells the motherboard the position of the needle, so that when you stop sewing, it can send power to the motor and rotate the machine enough to move the needle to the proper position.
When the Intellistich is programmed at the factory, it is tested on the twelve stitches per inch setting. At a speed of approximately two inches per second. Then these stitches are counted. If the machine stitches eleven to fourteen stitches per inch, then it is O.K. If it stitches more or less, then an adjustment is made. Keep in mind that the stitch length will not be 100% perfect all of the time. At this time, there doesn’t seem to be a stitch regulator out there this precise, but they seem to be relatively close and work well for what they were designed for. Always remember that the Intellistich was designed to run at a top speed of two inches per second. If you operate at a faster rate of speed than this, you will trigger the alarm and get longer stitches than desired. If you want to run your machine at a faster rate of speed than this, you may have better results by running your machine on the "free" side or the "%" side then match the motor speed to your quilting technique. Also, if you do a lot of small stippling, you will have better results running your machine on the free side. This method is also easier on the Intellistich and the motor because there is not as much heat created by starting and stopping the motor.

Since the Intellistich is a microcomputer, you need to take proper care of it as if it were your home computer. It is recommended that you run it on its own power circuit to avoid any unpredictable surges or power being drawn away from your machine. You should also use a surge protector. When you are not using your machine, it is a good idea to shut off and unplug the machine. Mostly for safety reasons such as lightning or someone accidentally running the machine.

Static electricity can be another problem to think about, especially in the winter months when everyone is running their furnaces at full tilt. Also when handling batting and other materials, it would be a good idea to touch something other than your machine to discharge the static electricity from your body. Another good precaution would be to use static guard spray on your batting and materials even around your work area and on your machine. If you use a humidifier, this will also help avoid static electricity.

Another good safety tip is to always shut off and unplug your machine before you do any maintenance or cleaning.This way, if you happen to bump a button, the machine will not put a stitch in your finger.

Your machine may also react differently when it is cold or warmed up. It is best to make adjustments to your machine after it has been ran for five to ten minutes. If you have any questions concerning your Intellistich or need help deciding if it needs some adjusting, feel free to call Nolting Mfg. @ 319-378-0999 or you may call Kasa Eng. @ 614-792-0501.


Set up mode

The set up mode is used to program your machine. This mode allows you to program the software in your machine, such as the needle top position, the single stitch speed, the freehand speed range and the stitches per inch. Remember that changing the software settings on your machine will not effect the mechanical settings on your machine such as the hook timing. To enter the set up mode, first shut off the main power to your machine. Next turn the control knob to twelve stitches per inch. Now press and hold the red button down on the left rear handle while you turn on the main power. After you turn on the main power you can release the red button on the left rear handle. You now have the machine in the set up mode.

Clearing the memory

If you have to change the main chip in your control board for some reason, such as an upgrade, Mr. Kasa recommends that you clear the memory and start from the beginning.
The memory can be cleared by first putting your machine in the set up mode.
Next, turn the selector dial to three stitches per inch. Now press and hold the red button, when you do this, the machine will begin to run slowly. With the machine still running, keep the red button held down and press and release the black button on the right rear handle. With the red button still held down, shut off the main power switch then, release the red button. Let the machine sit for approximately five seconds. You can now turn the power back on. When you turn the power back on, the machine will beep four times, this indicates that the memory is clear. If the chip has not been removed, there is no need to clear the memory. If you have cleared the memory, you need to make an adjustment in every mode for the control board to hold all of the new settings that you have programmed.

Programming the 98 I.S.


#1 Slow single stitch speed adjustment

This mode sets the speed and strength of the single stitch. You need to remember that if you set the speed too fast, the momentum of all of the moving parts will carry over and cause the needle to stop in an undesired position. With the machine in the set up mode, turn the selector dial to twelve stitches per inch. Next, press and hold the red button on the left rear handle. When you press the red button, pay attention to the speed that the needle moves. You want just enough speed to push the needle through the fabric without straining the motor. If the needle speed needs to be increased, set the slide switch on top of the machine to "free". Now press and hold the red button again. While holding the red button down, press the black button on the right rear handle. You will hear the machine beep when you do this. This indicates that you have made a change in the programming. Release both buttons and press and hold the red button again, watching the speed and movement of the needle. If you need to increase the speed and power more, repeat this process. If you need to slow the single stitch power down,[ a good indication of this is when you make a single stitch, the needle stops in the fabric] set the slide switch on top of the machine to "Reg." Now press and hold the red button on the left rear handle, watching the speed as the needle moves. While you have the red button held down, press and release the black button on the right rear handle. You will hear the machine beep indicating that you have made a change in the programming. Now release the red button. Depress the red button again while watching the movement of the needle. If the single stitch still needs to be slowed down, repeat this process. If not, release all of the buttons and go on to the next step. If this is the only setting that you are changing, you can shut the main power off to the machine and wait approximately five seconds. Turn the machine back on, and you should be ready to sew.


#2 Fast single stitch adjustment


The fast single stitch sets the number of stitches per inch that you will receive when sewing. To find out if you need to make an adjustment, set the slide switch on top of your machine to the regulated side. Next, set the selector dial on top of your machine to twelve stitches per inch. Sew in a straight line, no faster than two inches per second. Measure the number of stitches that you have sewn in one inch. If you have eleven to fourteen stitches, then a change is not needed. If you have far too many or too few stitches, then a change should be made. If you have decided that you need to increase the number of stitches per inch, you need to remove the thread and bobbin case from your machine. Next put your machine into the set up mode.


With your machine in the set up mode, turn the selector knob to twelve stitches per inch. Next, set the slide switch to the "free" side. Press and hold the black button down on the right rear handle. While holding the black button down, press and release the red button on the left rear handle. You will hear the machine beep, this indicates that you have made a change. Release all of the buttons and shut off the main power to your machine. Allow the machine to sit for approximately five seconds so that it can retain its memory. Now turn the machine back on and check your stitches per inch. If you still need to increase your stitches per inch, repeat this process.
If you find that you need to decrease the number of stitches per inch that you are getting, repeat the process above, but switch the slide switch to "Reg.".
Setting the fast single stitch after the memory has been cleared
If the memory has been cleared on your machine, then you need to have a starting point to get the stitches per inch properly set. To set this, you will most likely be in the set up mode already. Have the control knob set at twelve stitches per inch with the slide switch set on "Free". Now, press and hold the black button on the right rear handle. While holding the black button down, press the red button on the left rear handle. When you do this, you will here the machine beep, indicating that you have made a change in the programming. Release both buttons and repeat this process until the machine no longer beeps. Doing this, you have run the fast single stitch to its fastest setting. I have found that a good setting to start with is six steps down from the top. This seems to be the average setting for most machines.
Next, switch the slide switch to "Reg.". Press and hold the black button on the right rear handle. While holding the black button down, press the red button and the machine will beep. Release both button and repeat this five more times. This should set your stitches per inch very close. Now you can move on to the next step.

#3 Mechanical timing of the rear encoder or needle top position

The rear encoder is on the back of your machine behind the back cover. The rear encoder, other wise known as the "needle encoder" needs to be mechanically set and sometimes set with the software programming also. To set the rear encoder, you need to remove the rear cover or covers and the thumb wheel to gain access to the encoder. After removing the rear covers, put the machine in the set up mode if it is not already in the set up mode. Turn the selector dial to ten stitches per inch. Press and release the black button on the left rear handle.The machine will make a single stitch. Check the position of the take up lever and the position of the needle. The take up lever should be up high and the needle should be above the hopping foot. If the take up lever and needle stop in the right position, move to the software adjustment. If the take up lever and needle do not stop in the proper position, loosen up the encoder plug or coupling. Next, hold the encoder plug in the position where the needle stopped. While holding the encoder in this position, rotate the top shaft counter clockwise until the needle and take up lever are in the proper position. After doing this, retighten the encoder and recheck the position after pressing and releasing the black button. Now, go to the software adjustment procedure.




#4 Software adjustment for the needle top position

With the machine still in the set up mode, set the control knob to ten stitches per inch. Press and hold down the single stitch button on the left rear handle. A single stitch will be made. While holding down the single stitch button, check the position of the needle and take up lever. If the needle and take up lever stop in the proper position, you can release the single stitch button and go to the next step if needed. If the needle and take up lever do not stop in the proper position, while you are holding the single stitch button down, rotate the rear thumb wheel counter clock wise until the take up lever and needle are in the proper position. When you have the needle and take up lever in this spot, press and release the black button on the right rear handle. When you press this button, the machine will beep indicating that you have made a change. Release the red button and press and hold it again. Check the needle and take up position again, if it is O.K. than you can release the buttons and go to the next step. Or if it is still not right, repeat the step above.

#5 Free hand speed range adjustment


This mode sets the high and low speed of the machine. If you are programming a machine with an "M" or large type bobbin, you do not want to exceed 2250 R.P.M. If you are programming a machine with an "L" or small type bobbin, you do not want to exceed 2500 R.P.M. The reason that you do not want to exceed these speeds, is that this is the rated speed for the hook assembly. When setting this mode after the memory has been cleared, you need to make an adjustment at the low end of the speed range, and also make an adjustment at the high end of the speed range. If you fail to make any of these adjustments, the control board will not hold its memory and you will have to start the programming procedure from the very beginning. To set this mode you must first be in the set up mode, if the machine is not already in the set up mode. Turn the control knob to three stitches per inch. Press and hold the red single stitch button down. When you do this, the machine will begin to run slowly. This is the slowest speed that your machine will run. If you want it to run slower, while you are holding the red button down and the machine is running, switch the slide switch to “Reg”. Now press and release the black button on the right rear handle. You will notice that the machine slowed down. Each time that you press and release the black button, the machine will slow down more. If you want your low speed faster, switch the slide switch to "free" and repeat the process above. You will notice that each time that you press and release the black button that the machine will speed up. When you get the low end set, while still holding the red single stitch button down, turn the control knob to twelve stitches per inch. The machine will start to run wide open, if you need to slow it down, switch the slide switch to "reg". While still holding the red button down, press and release the black button. You will notice that each time that you press and release the black button that the machine will slow down. If you need to speed the machine up, switch the slide switch to "free", while still holding the red button down, Press and release the black button on the right rear handle. You will notice that each time that you press and release the black button that the machine will speed up. When you reach the speed that you want, you can release the buttons and shut off the main power supply. Wait for five seconds and turn the power back on. If you made all of your adjustments, the control board will have held all of the new programming.



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