So can I assume that the main reason we have so many misplaced stones is because we use the "Ioline Rhinestones" we purchase from them? Are these stones substandard?
If anyone knows if Ioline is using cheap Chinese stones that would be indicative of placement problems, please let me know. Doing my research, they seem to have the cheapest prices but what good is that if they slow down the already slow setting process of this machine.
I want a stone that gets picked up in every hole in the wheel and keeps the machine moving. Is that too much to ask?
There are tons of post on here about the fact that the CPII is NO speed demon
Sorry you didn't see them. My main purpose for purchasing was to "get my hands off of those templates" and allow me to do other things like design, send invoices
No, Ioline does not use "cheap Chinese" stones. There stones are very nice, very expensive, but very nice. 1. If your sorter wheel is turning without a stone falling into place, that is indicative of some other problem.
Does it just keep spinning and nothing falls, then it stops and blinks - make sure there is not a stone or something stuck to the underside of the little sweeper arm - there is some reason, or something, that is preventing the stones from falling into the holes. I'm sure you've done the obvious and made sure you were using the right size sorter wheel.
Does the C-stick go down to an empty hole like it's picking up a stone - somthing is making your sensor think there is a stone there - clean your sorter wheel, sometimes little pieces of stuff gets stuck in those small holes and blocks the light sensor. Clean your C-stick tip. Remove the little rubber tip and use some canned air to blow away any lint that may have accumulated. Did the C-stick tip in alcohol and blow dry with air. Clean out your filter by removing it from the clear tubes and blowing it out with air.
If you're getting a lot of USD stones, let Ioline know so they can see if they have a bad batch. Also check your sweeper arm to make sure that it is not cracked or defective, thus it's not low enough to catch the USD stones.
I think 2% USD is on the high end of acceptable. After all, 2% of say a 500 stone design is only 10 stones. Yes, we all want it to be perfect, and you never have a misplaced stone, but given that even a slight difference in the height of a stone can throw it off, I don't see that happening. I don't think I've run a design yet where a stone fell in EVERY hole during EVERY pass, but I get a pretty good consistency going
All in all, I felt the same way when I first got my CPII. I was in such a rush, that it was driving me crazy to think how NOT fast the machine was moving. Now, instead of stressing over the lack of speed, I just don't take orders I can't finish in the time I plan to finish them. You learn after a while about how long it will take, and you plan accordingly. This past weekend, I ran over 60 transfers through my CPII, 3 of which had 3,998 stones each. You don't watch the little arm go back and forth, you just plan that time as time to complete something else, and just make sure you hear the noise
I just finished my taxes and Uncle Sam is going to get me a second CPII!!