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Feed dogs When I start sewing it seems like the feed dogs do not move and the fabric stays in place

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  • goodgenie4u Apr 26, 2009

    Singer Stylist 513 feed does not move and advance the fabric. What can I do to determine if there is something wrong that does not require professional help?

  • Anonymous Mar 23, 2014

    will not move to make botton hole

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    it sews in reverse is there a way to fix it
    what is a feed dog

  • Anonymous Mar 25, 2014

    how do you move the feed dog

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It probably needs gears replaced or has a loose gear. Unfortunately you need to take it in to a repair shop. (I am assuming that you are not in button hole or have the stitch length set to zero).
good luck!

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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.

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