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Husqvarna Designer 1 won't sew...feed dog won't come up

I just bought this machine, and went to use it for the first time, and the feeddogs won't come up enough to feed the fabric through. I used to sell these machines about 5 years ago, and own a different model as well, but for some reason, I can't get it to go! Boo-Hoo!!! Please help!

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Either the feed drop is engaged or it may not be releasing due to being stuck because of an oiling issue. Let me know if you've checked this as I have one around to reference as well.

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