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I don't think my pressure foot is down enough or maybe something is wrong with my feed dog, but I am able to move the fabric every-which-way while it is stitching, resulting in a crooked stitch line.

I have fiddled with the feed dog and the pressure foot. I actually don't think that is the problem. I would appreciate any insight into this frustrating problem.

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Without knowing the make and model, it's hard to say, but some machines have an adjustment to change the pressure being exerted on a presser foot. It is 'presser' foot, not pressure foot.

Some have some sort of knob on top, roughly in line with the needle that you either turn or push down.. some have a dial inside the side door with a few numbers on it, that may start at 0 and go to 3 or 4. If the pressure adjustment has become set at 0, then you get what's happening with yours, being able to pull the fabric like you can.

If there isn't any knob or dial to change the pressure, then it may be the feed dogs need adjustment or the bar that the needle and presser foot are attached to needs adjustment, and that wouldn't likely be a fix you can do yourself unless you are very handy with mechanical things.

Some machines also have a lever or switch that allows the feed dogs to be lowered out of the way. If yours has this, it may be stuck in a position below being all the way up, and that might be the issue. A feed dog switch is usually at the front of a machine, low down, not too far from the feed dogs.. but without knowing what machine, hard to say where it might be exactly. But check for both these things.

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  • Bonita Buerge
    Bonita Buerge Nov 20, 2014

    Thank you, Karen. I think I fixed it (thanx to your detailed suggestions-the button on the top needed pushed in), at the very least it is improved, although I can still move the fabric around some. It is a Necchi Heavy Duty Model No. 3205FA. I've never used this site before and I was delighted to find an answer waiting for me when I checked. :)

  • Karen J Gray
    Karen J Gray Nov 20, 2014

    Pleased to have been of assistance.

  • Karen J Gray
    Karen J Gray Nov 20, 2014

    If you don't have a manual for it, you can often find them online. Put the word Manual plus the make and model number into Google, you may find a source for a manual. That might help you fine tune things. You really shouldn't be able to move fabric when the pressure setting is at the highest level.

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Something else that happens is that gunk builds up between the teeth of the feed dogs so that they no longer have the grip they need to move the fabric.

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