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No knob to adjust presser foot pressure. Space between feed dogs & presser foot is too tight to pull a piece of fabric out with foot down. Diagonal seams get pushed out.

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You should not be able to pull fabric from the machine when the presser foot is down. The presser foot should always be raised before removing the fabric.

Are you trying to darn or quilt something without the feed dogs activated? If so, there are special presser feet for that purpose that are shorter in height (ie darning foot) which allow more space between the presser foot and the stitch plate so the fabric can be moved freely.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Feed dogs don't want to feed.

Sounds like the feed dog height is not set correctly. You could fix it yourself but you would need a dealers service manual and there is a height gauge that should be used although I have set them by eye...and experience.
Bernina's are fantastic machines and I have yet to find even one that is a lemon. Just like finding a good auto mechanic, you need to find someone that actually knows more than how to blow off lint and apply oil.
Your problem should be a low cost quick fix/adjustment that can be accomplished by a knowledgeable and skilled technician.
Good luck finding one!! Bill

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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SOURCE: Presser foot adjustment for fine fabric

Hi there, On the top of the machine in the left corner, there should be a knob of sorts. If you turn it to the right, it will releases some of the tension on the fabric. But you don't want to loosen it too much otherwise you won't feed the fabric thru at all.

Posted on Apr 22, 2009

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You should be able to adjust the pressure on the presser foot. Check your user manual or see an authorized husqvarna viking dealer for assistance. They are usually eager to help. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page - http://www.husqvarnaviking.com

Good luck.

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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SOURCE: underneath stitch bad

Make sure bobbin thread isn't laying on top of the bobbin. If you can see the bobbin thread when you look through the plastic lid that fits over bobbin, this could be culprit for sure. Easy fix!! Remove bobbin, put a felt spool cap holder into the bobbin case, put bobbin in making sure thread goes counter-clockwise. Make sure thread goes into tension slots. Pull thread all the way back so it falls into hole at left side of silver piece (stitch finger). Pull thread in needle toward you to raise bobbin thread up. When you begin sewing, the thread should now stay put and not jump out of place. If thread lays on bobbin, machine won't stitch properly. Felt spool holder will take up slack so bobbin stops rocking and jumping which causes bobbin thread to misbehave. Hoe this helps! One more thing: put in fresh needle in case you bent previous one, making sure flat side is away from you. Flat side behind, more rounded side facing you. Jimmy

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

SOURCE: how to adjust tension bar for presser foot on necchi 534

here is a link for a manual, the information should be in there
to adjust the tension bar
http://sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/Necchi_Manuals/Supernova_Julia_534_Instruction_Manual.htm

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The pressure foot pressure is not feeding the fabric. I have adjusted the tension but still not feeding the fabric. What else can I do?


Tension does not affect the ability of the machine to feed fabric, except in extreme cases perhaps when tension is too tight.

You probably need to adjust the presser foot pressure of your machine. Lighter weight fabric is more difficult to feed, therefore the pressure needs to be increased. (Heavy weight fabric will sometimes push the upper layer of fabric in front of the presser foot, therefore less pressure is required.) Even so, very fine slick fabric (silk, satin, chiffon) sometimes still needs additional help. In such cases, a roller foot, teflon foot, or walking foot may be beneficial. There is also the possibility that the feed dog teeth have been worn so they do not grip the fabric like they should. (Avoid running the machine without fabric between the presser foot and feed dogs to protect the feed dogs from unnecessary wear.) If they are worn, usually they can be replaced.

Another possibility is that the feed dogs do not raise as high as they should. This would most likely require a technician's assistance.

Um, as an additional thought, make sure the presser foot surface is smooth. Any rough surface (nicks, rust, etc) will restrict the fabric's ability to move.

Jan 30, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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Hi, My Elna 7000 doesn't easily feed medium or thin fabrics. Presser Foot tension lever is position 2 and the Feed Dog is rising normally. Any thoughts please? Does the F Dog wear out in any way?


Generally, the lighter the fabric weight, the heavier the presser foot pressure. Yes, feed dogs do wear with use. Do not run the machine without fabric between the presser foot and the feed dogs--the feed dogs constantly rubbing against the presser foot will quickly wear the feed dog points. Store the machine with the presser foot down with a pad between the presser foot and feed dogs (even a scrap piece of fabric will do). Also, be sure to clean the feed dogs of any gunky build-up. If the feed dog points are worn, it may be worthwhile to have them replaced.

Jan 23, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Can the feed dogs be adjusted up or down on a husqvarna viking quilter


They are adjustable but should be done by a sewing machine technician. Special tools are needed to get the setting right.

If the feed dogs are not pulling the fabric through the machine, check the presser foot pressure adjustment. It tightens the pressure on a spring on the presser foot bar causing the presser foot to apply more or less pressure to the fabric. The pressure adjustment can be located several places but usually around the head of the machine--to the left of the needle or at the very top of the head. Some older machines simply have a screw that is located under the top lid.

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Jan 04, 2017 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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HV sapphire 930 not feeding properly


When stitching together a quilt sandwich, it is recommended to use a walking foot on your machine. The walking foot moves the upper fabric in conjunction with the feed dogs. Sometimes, if the quilt sandwich is not too thick, a roller foot can also help but may not be sufficient for a quilt sandwich.
What is Walking Foot Sewing Tips for Beginners
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You may also check the presser foot pressure on your machine. This regulates the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and the feed dogs. If the pressure is too strong, it will tend to push the upper layers of fabric, creating a bubble look. If the pressure is too loose, there is not enough pressure for the feed dogs to physically pull entire quilt sandwich under the presser foot.
(The pressure is adjustable depending on the types of fabric and thicknesses being sewn.)
http://www.sewdaily.com/how-to-sew/sewing-machine-basics/the-best-kept-secret-on-your-sewing-machine

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Oct 01, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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My fabric won't feed


Check that the feed dogs have not been dropped for darning or free motion quilting. If the feed dogs do not rise above the needleplate, they will not pull the fabric through the machine.

Feed dogs do wear (which is why one should always sew with fabric against the feed dogs--never on bare metal).

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.

Another thing to check is the presser foot "pressure." A lot of sewing machines have a pressure adjustment that increases or decreases the amount of pressure the presser foot applies to the fabric and feed dogs. (Consult your owners manual.) he pressure can be adjusted according to the type of fabric being sewn.

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Sep 04, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Baby lock BL4-736d the feed dogs will not move forward


Make sure the stitch length is set long enough to actually advance the fabric. If set too short, the fabric movement will be very minimal. Also check that the presser foot pressure adjustment is set for the type of fabric you are sewing. The adjustment can be made for light- or heavy-weight fabric. If the presser foot pressure is too tight or too loose, it will have difficulty pulling the fabric.

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Mar 16, 2016 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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Not feeding material.


Tension generally does not affect the feed unless it is way too tight. Most reasons for fabric not advancing under the presser foot is that the feed dogs have been dropped for darning. If the feed dogs are operating properly, as the handwheel turns the feed dogs should rise above the plate, move toward the back of the machine pulling the fabric, drop down, come forward and rise again.

The other possibility is that the presser foot pressure has been released so the presser foot is not holding the fabric down on the feed dogs. Some machines have a spring-loaded knob on the top of the machine, a dial, or something to adjust the amount of pressure the foot applies. Consult your owner's manual.

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Aug 10, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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On Model #535 FA The feed dogs do not come up high enough to advance the fabric forward. Is there an adjustment to raise the feed dogs ? ( Necchi sewing machine )


If you change the number of your stitch length it will automatically adjust the feed dogs. If it is still a problem then you will need it adjusted. Insure that your pressure foot is placing enough pressure that causes the feed dogs to pull the material forward. To adjust the feed dogs there are different ways to be adjusted. I wouldn't suggest you try to adjust the height of the feed dogs.

Feb 19, 2015 | Necchi Sewing Machines

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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.


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.

Nov 19, 2014 | Sewing Machines

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Presser foot is to tight on fabric causing it not to move and there is no adjustment dial


It may also be that the feed dogs aren't adjusted properly. It any case these adjustment are all internal and very difficult to do without access the the service/parts manuals. My advise is to take it to a Brother Dealer or service center.

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