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Feed dog Fabric is not moving through- and when it does it is getting bunched up on the back end of the foot. And yes the feed dog is "up" in the sewing position. Help!

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Re: feed dog

It may need the feeddogs adjusted by a tech. We use a guage to measure the correct height. Even though visually it may look like they are moving ok they may be too low. You could use the top end of a needle and lay it alongside the feeddog at its highest point. It should be level. Also check the presser foot pressure. It may be set too high and not holding the fabric down. Good luck to you. Rick

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