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Kenmore Sewing Machine Model #158.18032

The feed dogs cannot be lowered on my Kenmore Sewing Machine Model #158.18032

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You probably have a bind in the feed dog mechanism. If you can remove the covers and manually force them down you will see the hinge points that need to be oiled.
Unplug first!
Good luck.

Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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How to lower the feed dogs for free motion sewing on model # 16782


There are most likely some numbers missing from the model number you provided. Usually, there is a 3-digit beginning number, ie 115, 385, 401...

I am unable to find model information based on your number, but you can most likely get a user's manual through Sears or try searching the internet (Make Model manual), ie:

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Sewing machines generally have two ways to disable feed dogs. One way is a lever or knob on the machine itself that physically "drops" the feed dogs so they are below the needleplate. The feed dogs will continue to operate but since they are below the sewing surface, they will not have an effect on the fabric movement. The other way is an accessory that attaches to the needleplate which covers the feed dogs and creates a flat sewing surface.

Another item that is important for free motion quilting is a darning foot or free motion foot. These presser feet are physically shorter in height than a standard presser foot. This means the darning foot, when lowered, does not apply "pressure" to the fabric when it is lowered. It, instead, provides leeway between the presser foot and the fabric so there is room to manually maneuver the fabric while stitching.

You'll just need to CONFIRM that the presser foot shank is correct for your machine (low shank, high shank, slant shank).

There are probably a multitude of designs available for your machine, either Kenmore or generic brands. Once you've determined your machine's shank, it would be a personal decision as to the design you'd prefer, which could be metal or plastic, closed, open, or clear see-thru as well as various shapes, round, oval, etc. There are also some feet that are spring-loaded so they "hop" while you stitch, or feet that are solid.

These are examples of different darning/free motion presser feet.

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Kenmore sewing machine feed dog


Probably it is the spring loaded cam on the lower shaft not moving as it is bound up. The feed drop lever pushes it to the left to lower the feed dogs, but it has to spring back on its own after you move the lever back.
If you can remove the lower free arm cover you may be able to work it loose. Do not use 3 in 1 oil as it is gummy. Better to get Lilly white sewing machine oil.
Hope that helps!

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I have a Singer sewing machine, Model 385 12314990. I cannot find how to lower the feed dogs. I read another suggestion about taking off the side plate and the feed dog latch is behind the...


You probably have a plastic plate to put over the feed dogs, I think you have a Kenmore sewing machine not a Singer because of your model number. If, still can't do it, take it to Sears sewing machine department and have them show you. Most of them are really nice and it is free.

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Can you drop the feed dogs on kenmore 385.1233280 or do you have to remove them to do free motion quilting?


Do you have your manual? Normally, there will be a lever next to your bobbin area to lower your feed dogs if you have a vertical bobbin. If, it is a horizontal bobbin it will usually have a cover to put over the feed dogs. If you are in doubt, take your machine and go to your local Sears sewing machine department, usually your salemen are very helpful and give great advice for free.

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In the very back near the front but just beneath the bed of your machine, you will find a flat button. Push the flat button and it will lower your feed dogs. I have this sewing machine and I love it.

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On many machines you tilt the machine back on its hinges to see the underside and there you will find a thumbscrew to lower the feed dogs...you also need to be sure that your machine is capable of having its feed dogs lowered...not all machines can do this!

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Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.

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There is a black lever behind, above and to the right of the needle.

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Remove extension table/accessory box by gentle pulling it away from machine. You are left with just the free arm. In the back of the free arm, lower left corner, you will fine the feed dog lever. Push the leaver to the right to lower the feed dog.Instructions for lowering and raising the feed dog are on page 48 of your owner's manual. Good luck!

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