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My feed dog fell down and I can't get it to stay up.

I pushed the lever and it feel now I can't get it to catch and stay up. How do I do it? I cannot get the feed dogs to stay in the up position. I took off the plate and lifted them up with the screwdriver and they clicked into place, but when I started to sew they went back down. I did try holding the lever in the up position and turning the wheel one full turn, didn't help.

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Something I read made me realize that the owner's manual assumed you were looking at the machine from the back rather than from the front. I had been moving the lever in the wrong direction.

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Now, I'm assuming that you pushed the feed dog lever in the back to the left successfully. If you couldn't make it move, try pushing the lever down and then to the left. You don't see any difference when that happens, because the feed dogs are actually ALWAYS down -- during ordinary sewing, they rise up to grab and push the fabric, then go down again. Turn the hand wheel (ALWAYS towards you) while looking at the feed dogs and see if they rise up during the cycle. I'll bet you DID lower them, but didn't realize it. What is actually does when you lower them is disengage the mechanism that makes them go up and down.

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