OK, fair warning. I don’t sew much. In fact, not at all, but with two girls in the house, we find ourselves needing a sewing machine to hem pants, and fix various things. I found a used Wards model 1947 on craigslist, and bought it for $35.00 today. When I got it home, I realized it was missing the presser foot. Oh well, I guess I can get one of those. But what has me worried is that the shaft that the presser foot fits onto seems locked in the “up” position. The lever in the back that’s supposed to raise it goes up and down but doesn’t do anything. If the presser foot “shaft” was to drop down, I’d be feeling OK but that shaft is locked in the up position.
Otherwise it seems that the machine is OK (and yes, I did plug it in and run it before I bought it) but not having any experience with sewing machines, I didn’t check to see if the presser foot was there, and/or whether or not it would go up and down.
I’m wondering if anyone can suggest to me things I can check on my own regarding the presser foot raise/lower issue, before I take it to a shop (sigh!) or just figure I dumped 35 bucks down a hole.