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Fabric wil not feed thru machine

I actually just bought a model#18221 Fabric will not feed thru machine. It is properly threaded from top and bobbin, feed-dog is up and moving, foot pressure is at 3, stitch length is on 2 but when I start to sew the fabric stay in one place. I can gently pull thru but will not move on it's own. I am trying to familiarize myself with the machine and test proper stitch tension. I am not a novice machine user but this has me stumped!

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  • gofarm1994 Dec 04, 2008

    Thanks, I found out the problem was an incorrect setting on the stitch selector. It was set on SS instead of 2SS., When changed the problem was resolved but, when moving the feed-dog into a dropped position via the slide on the free-arm it will not return to the up position by returning the slide to the left. I have to remove the entire plate from under the foot and use the screw driver to gently lift it up and then it clicks into position. Am I doing something wrong?

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