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Fabric doesn't advance

My needle moves up and down but the fabric doesn't advance. My stitch length is not on zero.

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Re: Fabric doesn't advance

Have you checked your feed dog position? The fabric will not advance if the feed dogs are in the down position. For the machines which don't have the raise/lower feed dog capability, there is a plate that covers the feed dogs and must be removed to advance the fabric when sewing.

Posted on Jun 16, 2007

Re: Fabric doesn't advance

Make sure you have enough pressure on the presser foot and make sure you have the stitch length set at a suitable length, ity may be on zero. Ken, from Kent UK

Posted on Sep 18, 2007

Re: Fabric doesn't advance

Take the plate off of the feed dogs and check for lent and fuzz bliud up. Take a can of dust off to blow the lent out of machine.

Posted on Aug 29, 2007

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Sounds like the needle has hit the hook.Open the bobbin area door, remove the bobbin and bobbin case. The swing the two lugs that hold the hook retaining ring to the side so you can remove the hook. CAREFULLY inspect the sharp tip of the hook. It will be sharp and 'chisel' shaped. ANY marks, scratches or burrs on the hook must be removed carefully with 180 or 400 grit 'wet and dry' abrasive. It must be as smooth as a 'babies bum' !! If you are not confident, take it to someone to do it for you. The hook is expensive, so don't mess it up!  

Good luck!

Posted on Oct 22, 2007

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SOURCE: feed dogs are not coming up high enough to catch the fabric

as your tech i have fixed your feed dog height ablevac and sew cleveland ohio

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SOURCE: needle hits needle plate with heavy fabric

that is your problem, your needle bar is centered too far to the back. There are 2 little bolts (Below the presser foot lift on the back of the machine) that must be loosened while the needle bar is repositioned aligning the needle bar assembly.

Posted on Mar 24, 2009

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Check that the feed dogs are in the "up" position for sewing (not dropped for darning). Also, verify that the stitch length is set to around #2 or 2.5. This will move the fabric well enough that it will actually advance with the feed dogs. If the stitch length is too short, the fabric will not advance sufficiently and will cause the needle to stitch in place.

If this does not cure the problem, you should take it for service.


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What tension settings should I use on my Janome 2160DC for free motion Quilting? I have set the stitch length to zero. Do I set the right hand number to what as it wont go to zero? Thank you Julie

You'll need to experiment with your machine tension on scraps of the same fabric and batting you intend to use for FMQ. Usually, the upper tension needs to be loosened some to prevent bobbin thread from being pulled to the top of the fabric, but that too is a matter of testing until it is where you like it. The stitch length is not important as long as you drop the feed dogs so it will not attempt to pull the fabric or create any interference with your manually moving the fabric. (A silicon Slider is nice to have--you can find them on the internet. It creates a slick surface so your fabric will move easily.) You will manually determine the stitch length because you will be manipulating the fabric. Also, be sure to use a darning foot or free motion quilting foot so there is space between the foot and the needle plate to move the fabric. Install a brand new sharp needle. Some people like to use Microtex, embroidery or top stitch needles. Beyond that, Practice, Practice, Practice! Practice making smooth movements. If you can't practice on the machine, get a cheap white board and practice drawing your designs on the board. You can erase and do it over and over, even while you're sitting watching your favorite TV show. If you like a particular design, take a photo of it with your cell phone so you can refer to it later.


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My sewing machine wont RUN. The needle goes up and down but the material wont move along.

under the foot around the needle, there should be two rows of what look like teeth, these pull the material through and there will be an adjustment mechanism on the machine. Try leaving the foot up while you run the machine, you should see the teeth going up and down; if they are it is most likely just a case of setting up the amount of pull. I think it is adjusted with the wheel that sets the length of stitch.

Apr 07, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Just wanted to check troubleshooting ideas on the feed dogs. They seem to be engaged but not running fabric through when sewing

Check that the stitch length is set to make ~10 stitches per inch. This stitch is long enough to actually move the fabric. If the stitch length is set too short, the fabric will stay barely move and the needle will stitch almost in place.

Check that the feed dogs have not been dropped for darning or free motion quilting. In this position, they do not rise and are, therefore, unable to contact the fabric to pull it through the machine.

With the presser foot raised and using no fabric, hand rotate the handwheel and watch if the feed dogs actually drop down below the needle plate, move toward the front of the machine, then rise above the needle plate, and move toward the back of the machine. If the feed dogs are moving in this manner, then they are functioning properly.

Is there lint or gunk stuck in the feed dogs? This will restrict the ability of the feed dogs to grip the fabric.

Are the feed dogs worn? Are the little teeth worn so there are no sharp points?

What type fabric are you using? If it is very light-weight or slick fabric, the feed dogs will have a difficult time gripping the fabric. Most machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment so that more pressure is applied between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Consult your Owner's Manual. The adjustment is usually a dial either on the left side of the machine, on the front of the machine located above the needle bar, or on vintage machines it is usually a skrew located under the top lid above the needle bar.


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How to move feed dogs under needle for singer 514

First, make sure the feed dogs are in the up position and NOT dropped for darning.

Second, check that the stitch length is set to at least a 2 or 2.5 to make sure the feed dogs will actually move the fabric a noticeable distance. The closer the stitch length is set to zero, the closer together the stitches will be until it will sew only in one place because the fabric will no longer advance.

The feed dogs need to move. They should actually rise, move toward the back of the machine, drop down, move forward to the position to again rise--this creates one stitch. If the fabric is not moving, then it is possible that your machine has not been cleaned and oiled recently. Old oil will dry and cause the moving parts to seize.

It was working now it seems to be frozen the needle part wont move


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The fabic will not move under the foot feed tried everything !!! Hve the mauels but cant figure this out !!! help and the thread in the bobbin keeps knotting up Thanks

Are the feed dogs moving when you try to stitch? If so, are they below the needle plate so they do not make contact with the fabric? If this is the case, the feed dogs have been dropped to allow darning. Check your manual and raise the feed dogs.

Is the stitch length set to at least 1 1/2 or 2? If the stitch length is set too close to zero, the needle is practically stitching in place. Lengthen the stitch so the fabric will move as the stitch is taken.

Are you sewing very fine material? If the fabric is a very light weight, there may not be enough pressure between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Most machines have an adjustment to increase the presser foot pressure. On newer machines it is usually a dial at the top left of the machine or low on the left side of the needle. Older machines sometimes have a a round cylinder the projects on the top above the needle bar that is spring loaded. Pressing the cylinder down will usually tighten the pressure. Other machines actually have a screw at the top of the needle bar that when screwed down will tighten the pressure.


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Machine does not appear to have a button to sew in reverse

try these suggestions
Reduce the stitch length to zero. The machine will stitch in place and form a locked stitch
1) rotate the material and sew over the same stitching. Leave the needle down in the work and raise the presser foot, then turn the fabric around.
2) decrease the stitch length to very small for a few stitches

3) hold the fabric and prevent it from feeding at the beginning and end of a seam, which makes very short stitches

4) stitch about 1/2", raise the needle and presser foot, return the fabric to the beginning position and stitch over the first half inch of seam again. Do the same at the end

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How old is this machine? At zero setting of stitching length the fabric wouldn't move. There may be problem in stitching length mechanism or the fabric feeding mechanism is wornout.


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Have you changed the stitch length selector to zero ? If there is no lint trapped under the needle plate between the feed teeth, then the length selector is likely set too small,.

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