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Feed dogs dropped on brother pq1500s, won't come back up

My feed dogs have dropped, this is a four position feed dog, but they will not rise above the surface again. I have looked under the machine for a way to adjust them, but am unable to find a way. I do not have the schematics of this machine either. Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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Welcome to FixYa! You can purchase a manual for the PQ1500 from this site:

https://www.sew4less.com/product/4255/Brother_PQ1500_Instruction_Manual


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Posted on Feb 05, 2009

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    talk2ginny Feb 07, 2009

    Hi, any luck? 


    Ginny

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