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Feed Dog I got this sewing machine for Christmas, as a gift, and instead of the feed dog feeding the fabric forward it is pulling the fabric through from the back as it would if I were using the reverse button. When I use the reverse button it feeds the fabric through as it should from the front to the back. I've tried to find something in the manual to fix this problem and I cannot find anything. I really don't know what I should do in order to fix this problem. I'm new to this sewing stuff and i really feel dumb, that i cannot run this new machine.

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    I have the same problem but on an older machine that worked fine until a pin got stuck in the feed dogs.

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Is it in the button hole setting? If so that could explain it.

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Be sure you have the stitch length set high enough that the fabric will actually move instead of sewing mostly in one spot.

One other thing to check is the presser foot applying enough pressure to the fabric so that the feed dogs can grab the fabric? On the top left side of the machine, there is probably either a dial or a push-type button. That would most likely be the pressure adjustment. The tighter that is set, the harder the pressure the presser foot will apply and the more the feed dogs will grab the fabric.

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Your machine appears to be a mechanical model. If so, it could be the machine needs a good over-all cleaning and oiling--a couple drops of fresh, good quality sewing machine oil every place that metal rubs on metal (no plastic parts, belts...). Feed dogs are frequently affected when the sewing machine does not receive regular maintenance.

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Is the feed dog raised into sewing position and not dropped as for darning? Feed dogs need to be in the raised position in order to pull the fabric through the machine.

If the stitch length is set too short, it will cause the fabric to barely move thereby causing the machine to stitch in one place.

Raise your presser foot and gently rotate the handwheel and watch the feed dogs. Do they rise when coming to the front of the machine, move toward the back of the machine, drop down below the needle plate, and move forward to the front of the machine again? If so, the feed dogs are working properly.

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