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Problem with feed dogs

Brand new machine feed dogs wont rise

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Did you drop them your self? If you did it may need a little more effort to push the button back into place. If they were down when you got the machine then they are not hooked up and the machine needs to be opened to connect them.

Posted on Apr 02, 2014

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

SOURCE: feed dogs on my machine wont rise above plate

Open the door infront of the hook race assembly/bobbin carrier and check to the right of that. There is a chrome lever which engages with slots in the plastic casing. The correct position for this is as far to the left as it will go. If it is to the right furthest extent it will disengage the feed dogs. It should disengage automatically but if has not, press the lever down and slide it to the left. Good luck

Posted on Apr 27, 2007

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SOURCE: How to Drop Feed Dogs on Sewing Machine...

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!

Posted on Aug 28, 2009

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Hi, Turn off the power, remove the needle, presser foot and needle plate.

Clean the feed dogs with an old toothbrush.

Turn the hand wheel - are they moving?

Make sure the stitch length is not set at zero.

Refer to your manual for engaging the feed dogs.

If you still cannot get the feed dogs to feed, the machine will need service by a professional.

Posted on Oct 23, 2010

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SOURCE: I lowered the feed dogs with the drop feed lever,

Flick switch to the UP position.....then....
Turn handwheel one full revolution to reset the feeddog cam
It is on page 26 of your User Manual
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Posted on Feb 13, 2011

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SOURCE: janome 3160 qdc drop feed dogs

Look on the back side for a slide type switch.

Posted on Aug 04, 2012

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