On the contrary, my friend!! If there's a will, there's a way. After reading the manual (when all else fails!) I figured out that all I had to do was slip this little metal plate over my feed dogs, press the mystery button on the top of the machine, install the zig zag foot and that old machine was ready and raring to go!
To show my appreciation, I replaced the needle; the poor, dull needle that has been on the machine since it was passed down to me some 10 years ago. It just so happens I have a long list of projects on the go that will look so very lovely (I hope!) having been quilted free motion style! I started cutting out a scrap quilt for a baby present, but that'll go on the back burner until I get a few baby shower gifts sewn up for the weekend.
And since I had to go to the fabric store to get some white fabric for the scrap quilt, I picked up a few new lovelies and some fat quarters while I was there. Must. Stop. Buying. Fabric.