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My kenmore 385 won't feed fabric

One minute my Kenmore 385 1884180 was humming along, the next second the feed dogs would no longer feed the fabric along. I've cleaned out the bobbin area and feed dogs, nothing. Any ideas?

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  • nsusan Feb 25, 2009

    My 385.1684180 has stopped feeding as well. Sometimes it will feed on reverse but not often. I have to pull the fabric through to stitch. The feed dogs move up and down, the Pressure Control Dial is on 3 and my tension is correct.

  • hughes458 Apr 26, 2009

    Kenmore 30 stitch (385.1884180) - Feeder dogs will not feed fabric and the machine will not work in "reverse" at all

  • Jane Drass Aug 24, 2012

    Has anyone found out how to fix this problem. Mary's comments below does not help me either. I also have this probalem. Aug 23, 2012

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Hi there check feed dogs are up not down mary h




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