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Fabric wont feed and the lever doesnt change the feed. What can I do?

When I push the lever to raise the feed plate it doesn't move. What can I do.

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Did you check the thread tension? And your bottom bobbin?

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Without fabric in your machine and with the presser foot raised, do the feed dogs move front->back? Are the feed dogs in the raised position? Is the stitch length at a 10-12 stitch per inch setting so that the fabric actually moves (try increasing the stitch length to see if it makes a difference)?

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https://www.manualslib.com/manual/1050311/Singer-2638.html?page=23#manual

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Turn off the power. Remove the accessory compartment located in front of the machine, if applicable.

Open the hook cover that shields the bobbin area. Please note that you do not need to remove the bobbin case.

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