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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When the feed dogs have been dropped, some machine feed dogs will not become activated (rise & move backward & forward) until stitching is begun.
Be sure the stitch length is set high enough to actually cause the feed dogs to move forward & backward.
If they still do not move and your machine is mechanical (not computerized), the old oil may have solidified and is preventing them from moving. A good cleaning and oiling may be required. Other than that, it may need service.
I think the Quilt Des. is the same as the Designer 1 (which is what I have) and the lower feed dogs is a serrated dial (looks like part of a circle sticking out of the machine) located on the lower front of the free arm about 2 inches to the right of in line with the needle. You turn the dial towards the left to lower the feed dogs and to the right to raise them.
Several things could be happening. It may be the hook/needle timing. Or it could be the feeddogs are not moving (that's the toothy looking part under the presser foot that moves the fabric). Recommend removing thread and bobbin (needle and presser foot). Slowly move the handwheel and put your finger on top of the feeddogs to determine if they are moving back and forth and are high enough to move the fabric. Check to make sure you had not manually lowered the feed dogs. You may need to take it to an authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer for their assistance. You can find the closest dealer at the Husqvarna Viking website - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/us
Its likely this machines feedogs have either never been lowered or not lowered for a long time. Thus the old oil has hardend and is causing the mechanism to freeze up. A tech would take the bottom cover off, follow the connections from the lowering knob, button or switch to the feeddogs and putting a bit of oil or penetrant on each moving connection. Don't force anything, gently tap where you beleive its sticking and turn, push or flip the switch, knob or button slowly bit by bit, back and forth until they drop. They will work loose then make sure they get a bit of oil again. Hope this helps. Good luck.