I have tried raising and lower feed dogs, and have had no sucess getting material to feed for more than an inch or two, than it stays in one place. This is actually a Kenmore 16221, not listed in list. I just bought it last week.
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Re: feed dogs not feeding the material
Is this a second hand machine ?
Is the stitch length selector set to > 1
Remove the needleplate and clean between teeth of feeddogs if it has been a while since this has been done, old lint will impede feeding.
Presser foot tension for general work needs to be set at 3, or the chromed button pushed down to the grooved line, depending on machine.
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Make sure that your top and bobbin thread are the same and that the tension is set correctly. Then, be sure that the bobbin is put in correctly. If this happens when you are starting on an edge of your material, try putting a piece of material or even a piece of paper, like typing paper, under the edge of the material and sew a little beyond that and then onto your material. You can tear it off later. It gives stability to the edge of the material and should alleviate the problem. I hate when that happens! And, last but not least, be sure you are using the right needle. I love the ballpoint needles for most sewing projects.
the feed dogs are the saw toothed piece under the press foot
they go down move forward raise up move back in time with the needle to pull the material through for the next stitch
the amount of movement ( stitch length) is set by the position of the forward and reverse lever/ knob
Check to be sure you have not inadvertently dropped the feed dogs on your machine. Dropped feed dogs are used for 'darning' or 'free motion quilting.' Below is info from Troubleshooting Manual:
Fabric does not feed through the machine The feed dogs are lowered. Use the feed dog position switch to raise the feed dogs. 81 The stitches are too close together. Lengthen the stitch length. 42 The wrong presser foot was used. Attach the correct presser foot. 179 The needle is bent or blunt. Replace the needle with a new one. 34 The thread is tangled. Use scissors, etc., to cut the tangled thread and remove it from the race, etc.
is stitch length setting correct, should be 2.5 for straight stitch. are feed dogs lowered for some reason? raise pressure foot and manually turn flywheel towards you while watching feed dogs. do they move up backwards and down?
sounds like they are not feeding fabric through. check manual for how to raise and lower feeddogs if they appear to be down. sometimes its a button on base front or back of freearm. hope this helps out a little