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Sewing forward my machine is pushing the fabric, insead of pulling. is there any way of fixing this.

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  • gkang Nov 14, 2008

    I have Kenmore 16221 sewing machine and have the same problem. Fabric moves toward me rather than away. I tried the reverse button and still won't work. Whan do I need to do?

  • MmbMjb Jan 17, 2009

    I'm having this same problem. But when I use the reverse button it will change the direction that my fabric is going so it is working right. Have you been able to fix this problem?


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Sounds like the timing has been adjusted to be 180 degrees out of sync if fabric moves towards you while sewing, rather than away.

Posted on Jan 27, 2008

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You may need to help the machine. Don't forcefully pull or push, but just make sure it is not pulling against the weight of the fabric. It helps to make sure the fabric is slightly crumpled loosely in front of the presser foot. You may also need to adjust the presser foot pressure (if your machine has that capability--see your manual). A walking foot or teflon foot may also help the fabric through the machine. If it is an older machine or has seen a lot of use, the feed dog tips may be worn.

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Hmm, interesting combination of problems.

Try a brand new needle (push it all the way up into the needle apparatus while tightening) and check that it is the correct needle for your machine (sometimes machines will have more trouble using Singer or generic brand needles). Also, is the needle inserted facing the proper direction? Verify that you are using the correct needle type for the fabric you are sewing, ie sharp for woven fabric, ball point for knit.

When stitching, do not pull or push the fabric through your machine. Sometimes that will cause skipped stitches. If you are having trouble getting the fabric to feed through the machine, you might try a teflon, roller, or walking foot that will help pull the thicker fabric. Check that the presser foot pressure is adjusted for heavier fabric.

All About Needles

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http://makeitsew.biz/presser-foot-pressure

P.S.--as an after-thought--are you using a heavier needle like a #14 or higher? If not, it could be that the lighter weight needles are deflecting when penetrating the fabric causing missed stitches.

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Could be the machine is out of time. However, be sure that you are not pulling/pushing the fabric through the machine. The feed dogs should be pulling the fabric without assistance. (Is the weight of the fabric hanging over the edge of the table, pulling against the machine? The weight of the fabric should be resting on the table, and to make it easier, create a "puddle" with the fabric around the foot to reduce the amount of weight.) If the machine is having difficulty with the fabric, try using a walking foot. Also, check that the thread is not too large for the needle's eye. Could also possibly need a presser foot pressure adjustment to compensate for the thickness/weight.

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You should not be able to pull fabric from the machine when the presser foot is down. The presser foot should always be raised before removing the fabric.

Are you trying to darn or quilt something without the feed dogs activated? If so, there are special presser feet for that purpose that are shorter in height (ie darning foot) which allow more space between the presser foot and the stitch plate so the fabric can be moved freely.

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Presser foot tension is to low for the weight/finish of the fabric, or bottom dogs are worn.
  • The feed dog feeds the fabric under the presser foot while you guide the fabric.


  • The feed dog regulates the stitch length by how much fabric passes under the presser foot as the machine stitches.


  • It is important for you to not push and pull the fabric under the presser foot. Allow the feed dog to move the fabric, so that you do not bend and break sewing machine needles.
Hope this helps.

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