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Needle location on model 385.15516000

I can't find information on moving the needle on this machine. I have the instruction manual and it keeps telling me to make sure I have the needle in the correct position but it doesn't tell me how to move it. Can you help?

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Select the straight stitch and move the needle position by moving the zigzag lever or knob.
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