Well, here I am thinking I'll try free motion on my "new" sewing machine. I read the instructions and in order to lower the feed dog, I need to press the DARN button. Well, the DARN button won't depress. Stuck stuck stuck.
Lifted her up and looked underneath; see what SHOULD happen (see photo below), but the rod that connects the left of the lower-the-feed-dog mechanism with the feed dog itself won't move AT ALL.
Oiled all moving parts. No change. Tried to move it manually; won't budget. Unscrewed top "lid" of the buttons and was able to move the device, but could not get the feed dog to stay down.
Suggestions for me? (I'm trying to fix this myself.)
Monkey Wards Signature 285 (1970s)
Buttons to depress for darning (left) and regular (right)
Mechanism underneath the buttons
Left end of feed-dog-lowering mechanism that sits immediately below feed dog.