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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? I just recently bought a used Kenmore 385 1764180, and although it seemed to work at the previous owners house, once I set it up at my place and tried to use it, the feed dogs weren't pulling the fabric through. I took a good, close look, and although they move up and down (and seem to be in the proper position), they don't move back and forth at all. Someone suggested that the feed dogs might be in the dropped position for darning, but I have search the machine, and can't even find a lever or button or switch for that option, and anyway, the feed dogs ARE coming up above the plate. Just wondering if anyone can help me.

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Check to see what pattern is selected. Be sure it isn't the buttonhole.Select straight stitch.Move the stitch length setting to 4.Turn the handwheel and see if the feed dogs move forward. Press the reverse lever and see if they move backwards. Select straight stretch stitch and turn the wheel to see if the feed dogs move forward and backward.Check the presser foot release on top of the machine and make sure there is pressure on the foot.
Sometimes the reverse assembly on this machine stops working because it has the wrong type of grease on it and it turns into a hard gummy mess that won't let it work.
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Have Kenmore 385 1264. suddenly stopped moving material throught. Was using a lite weight material. Won't go forward, or back. Change stitch length, tension, cleaned bobbin area, needles check under feed dogs. Change to duck material- no problem. Forward and back. Could my feed dogs need to be replaced?

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