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  • s_jawanda Jun 27, 2009

    Hi, i have checked all of that...feed dog switch is in up position and stitch length is at 2.5....it was working fine and then all of the sudden it stopped pulling the material back. It is a Kenmore 385.15212

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White sewing machine model 510, feed dog problem; fabric is not moving; I must firmly pull fabric through.

The feed dog is moving; fabric is not.

The fabric is not feeding properly; the fabric goes back and forth. However, the fabric does not continue to move away from me.

The feed dog is positioned up and is not smooth, it feels rough when I touch it with my fingers.

Because I had not used this sewing machine for a couple of years, before sewing, I cleaned the inside with the wire brush that came with the machine.

In an attempt to trouble shoot the problem, I applied varying pressure foot levels and stitch lengths.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what may be the problem?

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Make sure that the feed dog switch is in the up position. Make sure that the presser foot pressure is at the maximum. Make sure that the stitch length is set above 0 or 1 (normal stitch length is about 2.5)

If this doesn't help, let me know your brand and model number.

Posted on Jun 27, 2009

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    Paul Howell Jun 28, 2009

    First turn the pattern selector to different patterns running the machine a
    little with the different stitches observing the movement of the needle
    and feed to see if the machine is in sync.

    Then observe the feed dogs to ensure that they are coming up and not loose or touching the slots in the needle plate.

    Try removing the bobbin case and unthreading the machine. Then remove the presser foot and place the lifter in the up position. Remove the needle and securely tighten the needle clamp screw. Set the stitch length to maximum and run the machine at a moderate speed alternating in forward and reverse for a few minutes. Try different patterns, running a few to see if it will loosen up.

    Rethread and retry.


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SOURCE: My fabric won't advance.

Hi Jodyk...Remove your flatbed so you can access your bobbin area. Open the cover of the bobbin area. The shiny/bright components consist of the Bobbin, which snaps into the Shuttle Hook, which is contained in the Race. Immediately right of the Race is a pewter/matte silver colored lever. Press the lower portion of the lever to raise the Feed Dogs. Pressing the upper portion drops the Feed Dogs, and is commonly used to accomplish free-hand applique work......good luck my friend.

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Did you turn the handwheel? The feed teeth will not come up until the machine is operated. Run it a few stitches and they will come up.

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SOURCE: Feed dogs do not come back up after lowering

Are you talking about the feed dogs or the presser foot. Either way, if you moved a lever to lower them, there is probably a screw that either fell out or has become loose that holds the linkage to the lever.

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I think the feed dog lever needs to be positioned on the right.

Posted on Jan 15, 2009

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SOURCE: Feed Dog problem

I listened to all that...and none of it worked...so I took the plate off and gave it a good clean. Still nothing. If your machine's a bit old like mine or tends to get stuck...physically lift up the feed dog with your fingernail or a flat screw driver or something (once the plate is off), then push the feed dog lever across and release the feed dog. It should hold in place if nothing else has worked...woo!!! :)

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