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trouble getting feed dogs to lower...other than that it is perfect!
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Date: 7/13/08 0:12 AM

I was FINALLY able to get my new "previously loved" dream machine today...I decided to buy the used (but has warranty) Designer I from my local quilt shop and I must say that I am absolutely in love with it. It sews beautiful stiches and the touch screen is very user friendly. So needless to say I have spent all evening reading the manual and "practicing". I have not put the embroidery unity on it yet as I am going back in August to get "trained" on how to use it. The only problem I have run into is that I can not get the feed dogs to lower. I took the extention bed off and flipped the little switch to the left and nothing happens...I have tried this while the machine was on and off but still nothing. Does anyone know if this is new operator error and/or what I can do to fix it...thanks again!
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1933 Singer 15-91 "gear driven" and a Husqvarna Designer I**

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Date: 7/13/08 1:08 AM

I have a different model Viking and the feed drops when I flip the switch to the left. Once the feed has dropped however, the feed dogs to not come up again until I start to sew or turn the handwheel. Maybe try turning your handwheel and see if the feed dogs move.

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Date: 7/13/08 7:27 AM

I have a Viking Platinum, and I remember it was hard for me to lower the feed dogs in the beginning. I had to use all my arm and hand strength to move the dial. You have to really push it all the way to the left until you hear the loud click. If you don't hear the click, you haven't lowered the feed dogs. Hope this helps, and good luck with your new D1. I understand it's an awesome machine.

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Date: 7/13/08 7:56 AM

Becareful when you do that, I too have a Viking Platinum machine but if you force the feed dogs to lower with the wheel you can actually do more damage. If they don't lower easily your best bet is to take it back and have them look at it. It may be a simple ajustment

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Sewing Machines, Baby Lock Nancy Zieman Ellegante, Baby Lock Ellure Plus, Viking Platinum 730 and a Singer Serger. My new Serger is a Pfaff 4764 and it runs nicely. Added a new Machine today a really beauty Pfaff 130. Newest Addition a Baby Lock Coverstitch only machine. Newest addition Bernina 440QEE. Now A Viking Designer Diamond :) Now a new Viking Huskylock 936 Combo Serger. Sold machine the Viking Platinum 730 and the PFAFF 4764.

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Date: 7/13/08 8:15 AM

FlyGuy, my machine works perfectly. I'm sure you could turn the switch easily. But I'm a 110 pound woman, and it requires considerable physical effort on my part.

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Date: 7/13/08 8:56 AM

I have "gently" flipped the switch to the left, however was afraid to push too hard...you know how it is with a "new machine"...afraid/nervous to be too rough...anyway, I have NOT heard a loud click...or any click for that matter. I will try again and see if I can push it a little more. I would also love any info from someone that has/had a Designer I...just wondering if they are prone to this. Thanks everyone for the advice...I do feel better.

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Happy Quilting! ~Angie
***1941 Singer 221 "Scroll Face" Featherweight,
1933 Singer 15-91 "gear driven" and a Husqvarna Designer I**

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Bible, 2 Corinthians v. 7

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Date: 7/13/08 11:21 AM

I figured it out in regards to the feed dogs not dropping....it was "new user" error. When dropping the feed dogs on the DI you must select V1, a specialty stright stitch for free motion...then you flip the switch to the left and viola`...the feed dogs drop...they also drop automatically when you attach the embroidery unit. Have I told you how much I LOVE THIS MACHINE!!!!

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Happy Quilting! ~Angie
***1941 Singer 221 "Scroll Face" Featherweight,
1933 Singer 15-91 "gear driven" and a Husqvarna Designer I**

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Bible, 2 Corinthians v. 7

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Date: 7/13/08 11:26 AM

LOL I said it might be a easy fix, should have remembered that myself as I had that problem with my Ellegante the first time I tried to go between the two. Can't wait for your review of the machine in the mean time Happy sewing and Embroidery to you

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Sewing Machines, Baby Lock Nancy Zieman Ellegante, Baby Lock Ellure Plus, Viking Platinum 730 and a Singer Serger. My new Serger is a Pfaff 4764 and it runs nicely. Added a new Machine today a really beauty Pfaff 130. Newest Addition a Baby Lock Coverstitch only machine. Newest addition Bernina 440QEE. Now A Viking Designer Diamond :) Now a new Viking Huskylock 936 Combo Serger. Sold machine the Viking Platinum 730 and the PFAFF 4764.

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Date: 7/28/08 8:37 AM

Reading these posts just saved me a trip to the sewing machine repair place. I'm the new owner of a Viking 775, and for the first time yesterday I managed to let my machine suck a piece of fabric down the hole where the needle goes. I got the fabric out, but was left with a bunch of thread that needed to come out too. (I got into this mess in the first place because I was using the "Fix" feature too near the beginning end of my seam, on some really flimsy rayon.)
So I got out my instruction book about how to take off throat plate, and discovered I have to lower the feed dogs to do so. No problem, got that worked out and then dug out the thread that needed to come out, put the throat plate back on, but the feed dogs wouldn't come back up. I turned the machine off then back on, no change in my situation. So I left it overnight and checked it again this morning. They still wouldn't come up, no matter how hard I pushed the dial to the right. Then I saw on here that they come back up when you turn the wheel slightly or simply start sewing. Viola! my problem is solved - no repair is necessary. But this isn't mentioned in the instruction manual in the section on "Cleaning" which is where I was looking. I did find this little jewel of info this morning under the section on "Feed Teeth, lowering". it sure would have saved me some anguish if I had found that last night. I love my new machine and I LOVE this site for all the wonderful information. Thank you.
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Date: 7/31/08 6:14 PM

I'm so glad to hear you got your D1!!! I just got one too...I got mine off ebay. You need to be a little bit brave when you do that though.

I have been back and forth on whether to sell mine (because I probably had no business buying it in the first place...but the price was great and I couldn't help myself). I can't do it though, back in 2000 when I had my daughter and bought my Freesia, I would stand and drool over the D1's so now I have one. I'm just a little concerned over what happens some day when it no longer works and I need a new machine. The $199 kind isn't going to cut the mustard after having a D1. :)

Eh well, I'm just going to enjoy it and I guess I'll figure out what's next if it ever breaks on me.Hopefully, it will be a good many years and the Diamonds will be going cheap!!! Hah.

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