Thursday, July 22, 2010
How do I lower feed dogs?
Obviously, this machine sat unused for many years (although it was a matter of neglect rather than abuse or misuse; the machine was very clean when I received it).
I've applied quite a bit of Tri-flow where the two pieces meet, thinking that would loosen it up. The bracket nearest the head of the turn screw has a kidney shaped slot that indicated to me that the screw should be able to slide along that shape to lower the feed dogs. However, it doesn't do that--seems pretty stuck to me.
So......I'm looking for ideas on how to get it to move. (Yes, I know many people machine quilt with the feed dogs in place and by setting the stitch length to zero; however, I really dislike the way the feed dogs grab at the quilt when they are up--and I feel that way about any machine I've used, not just this one.)
I would love some advice from people who've solved this problem, including OSMG's [Old Sewing Machine Guys/Gals].