Raising and Lowering the feed dog on Janome 4900 MC
I have lowered my feed dog on the Janome 4900MC and now I want to raise it back up for normal sewing. I pushed the dog feed switch made to raise it, turn the handwheel towards me and it still will not go up. I have read the instructions and it is still not working. Am I missing a step??
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Re: Raising and Lowering the feed dog on Janome 4900 MC
These machines are known to have this problem. The feed lift cam has a groove worn in it that won't allow the feed dogs to come back up. It is on the lower shaft and needs to be replaced. You can get the feed dogs back up by taking off the needle plate and lifting them up manually while turning the hand wheel. They should stay up until you drop them again. Some people will not replace the cam and live with it. good luck!
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The older machines had the switch directly behind the needle mechanism. Reach behind the machine and see if you can feel it. It should be a slider type of switch. The real old machines did not have the capability of raising and lowering the feed dogs, so an index card was taped over the dogs so that they would not interfere with free motion. Good luck!!
when the feed dogs are in the down postion the machine stay in one place when the feed dogs are in the up positon then the machine will sew if the machine still doesn't sew when the feed dogs are in the up position the feed dogs need to be checked to see if they need a adjustment or need to be replaced
when your machine on your machine movable arm pushing a switch liver which will raise your feed dogs you can do one thing when your arm moves to the normal possision just given your finger to the upside movable are you see one long switch bar is there just push and see machine feed dogs will come out actualy that action to be done by arm only,you call one MC expart to resoved your problem permenetly.
Try lowering the feed dog and then raising it again, but be sure to push the switch over as far as possible. Sometimes the switch will stop just a little short and the feed dog will not be 100% raised but it will seem to be to the naked eye. Hope this helps.
Have you tried sewing with the machine after setting feed dogs to up position. You may already realise but it takes a full revolution of the machine to engage and raise the feed dogs after setting the feed lift control to up (the feed dods will drop as soon as you adjust the feed lift control but will not raise until a full revolution of the stitching mechanism).
If you have already tried this unsuccessfully try removing the cover below the feed dogs and spray lubricant on the feed linkages and try freeing them.
check and see if the feed dogs are above the needle plate when the needle is in the upright position, then check and see if you have tension in the upper and lower tension units, check this by putting the foot down and gently pulling on the upper thread and pull the lower thread up through the plate and see if it pulls easy or hard if hard then it is good one last thing are the feed dogs in the raised position
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!