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Dropping Feed dogs on kenmore model 19233

Anyone know how to drop the feed dogs for free motion sewing? how can I drop the feed dogs on my kenmore sewing machine model 385.1278180??

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  • Anonymous Mar 12, 2014

    Feed dog on Kenmore sewing machine 385 17626 will not raise after lowering to allow fabric to move

  • Nancy Hancock Oct 28, 2017

    I have the same problem on the 385.16221 Model. Help someone !

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Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.

Posted on Mar 07, 2009

  • Nancy Hancock Oct 28, 2017

    That is the procedure, however the lever just moves and doesn't do anything

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My machine has a "darn" setting that drops the feed dogs. Does yours?

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Remove extension table/accessory box by gentle pulling it away from machine. You are left with just the free arm. In the back of the free arm, lower left corner, you will fine the feed dog lever. Push the leaver to the right to lower the feed dog.Instructions for lowering and raising the feed dog are on page 48 of your owner's manual. Good luck!

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There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

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Remove extension table/accessory box by gentle pulling it away from machine. You are left with just the free arm. In the back of the free arm, lower left corner, you will fine the feed dog lever. Push the leaver to the right to lower the feed dog.Instructions for lowering and raising the feed dog are on page 48 of your owner's manual. Good luck!

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