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How do you set up a brother XL-5700 for free motion quilting


Be sure to have a darning foot or free motion quilting foot (this presser foot is shorter in height so when you lower it, it will not press the fabric to the feed dogs). The foot must allow space under it so the fabric can be manually moved.

The last step is to lower the feed dogs so they are not interfering with your manual manipulation of the fabric.

Lots of web sites about free motion quilting.

Learn How to Free Motion Quilt Stippling

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How do I drop the feed dogs for quilting on my Brother XL 4011 sewing machine


It should be included in the owner's manual. (An internet search did not turn up a manual for your machine, but a model close to your machine may operate very similarly.) You can also contact Brother Support.

This may help:

Frequently Asked Questions

The other possibility is that the feed dogs on your model do not actually drop. There may be an accessory (darning plate) in your kit that covers the feed dogs during darning or free motion quilting. (Shown on page 38 of the following manual):

... Brother XL 4011 manual Google Search

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Fabric does not feed through machine


When you sew the machine must be set at the correct settings. If your machine won't straight stitch, turn it off at the power point and then turn it back on. Most machines reset to the default straight stitch setting. Secondly when you sew the presser foot must be down. This engages the "feed dogs" or the triangular looking "teeth" below the presser foot. As you sew, the feed dogs grab the two layers of fabric pulling them through, the thread above (spool) and the thread below (bobbin) meet to form the stitch. Finally, maybe fiddling around with dials and settings you may have dropped, or disengaged the feed dogs. Check with your manual on how to re-engage the feed dogs. Hope this helps and happy sewing. Remember, when all else fails..... read the manual.

Mar 11, 2015 | Brother XL-5700 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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How do I drop the feed dogs on my Brother sewing machine?


Altho I don't have your model, most of the Brother sewing machines have a slider kind of button on the back of the machine right in back of the needle assembly. So you push it to one side and voil? ! the feed dogs are dropped down. Don't forget to put them back up when you need them again :-)

Oct 14, 2014 | Brother Sewing Machines

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Brother XL 5130. I just got this machine and the feed dogs seem to be in the 'down' position, although I can't find a lever anywhere to move them up. In some of the forum, it suggests that


http://www.brother-usa.com/ModelDocuments/Consumer/Users%20Manual/UM_XL_5130_5232_5340_EN_208.PDF

Look up "darning" and it shows a feed dog cover so that means this machine does not have dropping feed dogs.

Now that that is out of the way... most machines have the ability to adjust the height of the feed dogs. But without seeing your machine I can't advise you. It might be better to go have the machine adjusted and serviced.

Dec 11, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Does XL5340 have drop feed dog lever?


Look on the back of the machine for a slide-type switch near the sewing area.

Aug 22, 2012 | Brother XL-5340 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Can you tell me how to lower the feed dogs on my Brother XR-52 for free motion sewing?


You use your feed dog cover, it is a plastic cover you put over your feed dogs. Your manual will show you, if you do not have your manual go to www.brother-usa.com and select support, home sewing & embroidery group, then select your manual, you can then download your manual for free

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I have brother xl3200, can i free motion sew on that?


can you drop the feed dogs on your machine ? if you can then you can

Jun 30, 2010 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a brother XL 5130 should I have either a plate or lever to drop the feed dogs? I also misplaced my manual can you send me the English ssection thanks Barbara


This machine does not have a feed dog drop, but it does include a feed dog cover that covers them so you can do free motion. The cover is a little piece of black plastic that kind of resembles this: 3d18346.png

Here is the link to the manual,
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/files/dlf/doch000062/xl513052325340ug01enesfr.pdf
Let me know if you need more help, Chris

Jun 11, 2010 | Brother XL-5130 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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My xl-5700 the needle keeps breaking or the thread keeps getting all bunched up plus I lost my instruction manual can I gat a new one


About the needle problem, Brother's FAQ gives the following response: 

Make sure the needle is correctly inserted with the flat side facing the back and pushed up into the machine as far as possible.

The needle could have been damaged or bent. If so replace with a new one.

Make sure the fabric is not pulled excessively when sewing. Let the feed dogs move the fabric. Do not pull the fabric.

The combination of needle size, thread size and fabric is incorrect. 
Be sure to use the correct needle and thread size for the fabric you are sewing.(example: Denim-size 16 needle and 40-50 heavy duty thread).

As for the manual, here's the link:
http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/BSC/public/files/dlf/doch000063/ps21xl55565700ug02en.pdf

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