Try this: This sounds so complicated in words, I know, but learn the procedure and rhythm
1. Pull lever down in front
2. Shift to gear 1 (left click on the gear handle on the left, hold mouse button down and move mouse to the right and up (away from you) into slot 1. Let go of button and look at needle.
3. From here the move is into slot 2 (straight back from slot 1 into slot 2) let go of button and check needle. If going to high, go back to slot 1 and let go of button - check needle
4. When you are in Slot 2 and needle is fairly low try to get into slot 3, let go of button then left click on it again, hold button down and drag back to 2, let go of button before needle gets too high