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Please help the feed dogs on my brother LS 1217 has dropped I have taken the back off and the white bar with the teeth is in tact What else can I do

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Brother LS1217 feed dog repair

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We need to do some examining. Remove the foot. Put the stitch length dial at the longest stitch. Turn the wheel and see if the feed dogs move about 1/4 inch. Also check to see that they rise just slightly above the needle plate. If it does these two things it will work. If the teeth don't rise above the plate, remove the needle plate and clean the lint out from between the rows of teeth. If you find a lot of tightly packed lint there this will solve your problem. Reinstall the needle plate and foot. If the feed dogs don't move about 1/4 inch, you probably have a problem which is going to require the services of a technician.
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Remove the needle plate and clean the lint from between the teeth of feeddogs, also around and inside bobbin case.

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