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Feed dogs won't move if the presser foot is down

They have no problems moving when the foot is up. I have cleaned under the needle plate and everywhere else I can get to without completely disassembling. I did not notice a problem before I cleaned and rethreaded it. It's a friend's machine. She's never used it. It was threaded incorrectly and was completely filthy. It's a BL4-428.

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  • kwesterman Jul 23, 2009

    The back doesn't come off of this model, but the side opens up to expose the gears for the dogs. There wasn't anything stuck. They still move freely when the presser foot is up, and won't move past it if it is down.

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    littlethi966 Feb 16, 2013

    I'm having the same problem. In my research I've heard that you need to oil and remove the lint from inside the mechanism. I can't seem to get into it though.

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Take the back of the machine off and inspect to see what is stuck. If there is something stuck, remove it.

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Just wanted to check troubleshooting ideas on the feed dogs. They seem to be engaged but not running fabric through when sewing


Check that the stitch length is set to make ~10 stitches per inch. This stitch is long enough to actually move the fabric. If the stitch length is set too short, the fabric will stay barely move and the needle will stitch almost in place.

Check that the feed dogs have not been dropped for darning or free motion quilting. In this position, they do not rise and are, therefore, unable to contact the fabric to pull it through the machine.

With the presser foot raised and using no fabric, hand rotate the handwheel and watch if the feed dogs actually drop down below the needle plate, move toward the front of the machine, then rise above the needle plate, and move toward the back of the machine. If the feed dogs are moving in this manner, then they are functioning properly.

Is there lint or gunk stuck in the feed dogs? This will restrict the ability of the feed dogs to grip the fabric.

Are the feed dogs worn? Are the little teeth worn so there are no sharp points?

What type fabric are you using? If it is very light-weight or slick fabric, the feed dogs will have a difficult time gripping the fabric. Most machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment so that more pressure is applied between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Consult your Owner's Manual. The adjustment is usually a dial either on the left side of the machine, on the front of the machine located above the needle bar, or on vintage machines it is usually a skrew located under the top lid above the needle bar.

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Mar 26, 2016 | Husqvarna Sewing Machines

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The fabic will not move under the foot feed tried everything !!! Hve the mauels but cant figure this out !!! help and the thread in the bobbin keeps knotting up Thanks


Are the feed dogs moving when you try to stitch? If so, are they below the needle plate so they do not make contact with the fabric? If this is the case, the feed dogs have been dropped to allow darning. Check your manual and raise the feed dogs.

Is the stitch length set to at least 1 1/2 or 2? If the stitch length is set too close to zero, the needle is practically stitching in place. Lengthen the stitch so the fabric will move as the stitch is taken.

Are you sewing very fine material? If the fabric is a very light weight, there may not be enough pressure between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Most machines have an adjustment to increase the presser foot pressure. On newer machines it is usually a dial at the top left of the machine or low on the left side of the needle. Older machines sometimes have a a round cylinder the projects on the top above the needle bar that is spring loaded. Pressing the cylinder down will usually tighten the pressure. Other machines actually have a screw at the top of the needle bar that when screwed down will tighten the pressure.

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Nov 22, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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I started to sew and the needle does not move and just stitches in place.


does the plate under the presser foot move back and forth that is what moves the material some drop down when in certain modes . like darning or freehand quilting as I see no make I can not look your up anywhere .

Jul 21, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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Sewing machine will not feed


Check if the feed dogs are moving. Also check if they are one mm above the needle plate. Inspect the needle plate and presser foot for burrs. Often there is lint under the needle plate stuck in the feed dogs that keep the feed dogs from contacting the fabric.

Aug 04, 2013 | Sewing Machines

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Singer advance


Check the feed dogs are in the right spot, when they move they should be just above the needle plate. If they aren't then your feed dogs are disengaged and you need to push the button or leaver that re-engages them. If the feed dogs are in the right place then you may have the wrong presser foot on the machine and will need to change the presser foot to one with a slightly longer shank.

Apr 22, 2013 | Singer Sewing Machines

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My BV 160 is giving me problems. The fabric will not move along as I sew. I hve ck'd the feed dogs, they're ok, rethreaded the needle, bobbin, cleaned the bobbin but still not sewing.


have you checked the presser foot to see if the presser foot is holding
the fabric against the feed dogs so they can move the fabric thru to
be sewn by the needle?

Jun 07, 2012 | Bernina Virtuosa 160

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Does 514 pressure foot move?


what is the name of the machine?
do you want a manual?
the feed dogs are what move the fabric thru the machine, the presser foot only hold the fabric against the feed dogs so the feed dogs can move the fabric
the feed dogs in the needle plate area should be up

May 28, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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My Janome Harmony 1017 won't sew all the zigzag stitches. Stitches 5,7 and 8 bog down after just two or three stitches because the fabric isn't moving through the machine. Any suggestions?


when the fabric does not move then the feed dogs under the needle plate need to be checked to see if there up or down.
if the feed dogs are down then the lever or switch needs to be pushed up into the correct position
if the feed dogs are up & they are not moving the fabric like there suppose to, cause it's there job to move the fabric against the presser foot,, then they need to be check

the gears that do the zig zag stitches should be checked to make sure there not worn & weather they might need be be greased

Aug 29, 2011 | Janome Harmony 1017 Sewing Machine

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I have a Finesse sewing machine and I was sewing some placemats but it suddenly stopped feeding the material although it keeps sewing (foot moves up and down). According to the book I have checked the...


Can you see the feed dogs moving?

un thread, raise the pressure foot then manually turn the flywheel towards you and watch the feed dogs (the teeth that move under the needle plate). If they are not moving around and coming up above the needle plate then one of two things:
either you've accidentially disengaged the feed dogs, check the manual for instructions to reengage, sometimes a knob, button or slide, often on the front base or around the back of the free arm.

If they are engaged but not moving up at all, then something has gone in the drive to them, usually a gear in the free arm area. In which case, take to the shop for repair.

Jul 01, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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Cloth does not move . It sews when I pull the cloth myself, but it does not automatically moves the cloth by itself


Make sure your feed dogs are up. Feed dogs are moving metal parts in the needle plate that make the fabric move forward under the presser foot. Open up the shuttle box underneath the needle plate. There is a lever to the right of the the shuttle. Press the lever down and to the left to raise the feed dogs.

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