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Feed dogs the feed dogs won't raise manually or electricly the feed dogs on this machine will not raise high enough and the machine sits sewing in one spot

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  • Anonymous Mar 22, 2008

    Trying to do free motion quilting. Can't figure out how to lower the feed dogs.No button and manual doesn't discuss feed dogs.Have been changing feet to help my situation.I have 6003 quilters dream.Any help will be appreciated.

  • Anonymous Jun 08, 2008

    nothing please help

  • Anonymous Aug 17, 2008

    it sucks i cant sew it drives me crazy!!!!!!!

  • Livelaugh Aug 26, 2008

    My material will not feed the switch on my (brother cs 8150) will not bring my feed dogs back up. Is there a part I can buy to fix it? I love my sewing machine and if I can fix this myself it would be great! Thank you for your help.

  • mmongold Aug 27, 2008

    The lever will not move the feed dogs. How do I fix? It is actually a 9110 model.

  • hollybeth Sep 12, 2008

    The feed dogs will not go up and down.

  • hansonsb Nov 17, 2008

    i can't get the feed dog to lower. I have tryed to do this by pushing the buttom on the back by hand and it looks like it is lower but when i start it tells me to lower the feed dog.

  • vacman1128 Nov 28, 2008

    I have the exact same problem the feed dog does not feed the fabric.

    but seems like it is moving

  • vlpetersen19 Dec 03, 2008

    The feed dogs will not raise or lower when the slider is moved. They appear to raise partway in the front but not the back

  • lmeierdirk Dec 05, 2008

    The feed dogs don't move the material at all. I moved the stitch length all the way up and they started moving and worked for a little while. Now it has stopped again and the only way to move the fabric is to pull it through.

  • wantab Jan 08, 2009

    what do you mean a feed mechanism that has dropped?

  • essencerose3 Jan 28, 2009

    I just bought my brother nx400 today. I got it home, took it out of the box, plugged it in... and immediately when I tested the feed dog lever, the feed dogs dropped down, but will not raise back up. It seems like this is a common problem because the floor model at the shop did this as well. At the time, I put it down to their floor model being used/touched a lot by customers, but now I know otherwise. I'm disappointed and rather upset!

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I was having trouble with this too, but found more help online...you have to switch the dog feed back to 'up'....then turn the needle wheel toward you....the feed dog should snap back into place :)
Hope this helps :D

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    Tried that and it didn't move up. Is there something else I can try before taking to repair shop?

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Finally got my case apart. Had to remove all screws and apply pressure to inner plastic tabs that lock the case in place at several points. By plug area, at corners, etc.
There is a pin that rests beneath a plastic screw going through a bolt behind feed dogs. This pin then rests in divot on a white plastic piece (about 1.5" - 2" wide) above the lever to raise n lower the feed dogs. This piece is only visible after removing the case. The pin had slipped out of its little divot. I pushed it back into place and feed dogs now raise.
Used to get '88' error when trying to wind bobbin. Hope it fixed that, too. Won't know till I get it all back together. ;)

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I just called Brother on the same problem.
Turn the handwheel to lower the needle
Move the feed dog level so its in the raised position (you can also do this before lowering the needle)
Keep turning the handwheel towards you to raise the needle and the feed dogs will rise with it.

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Took the machine in to be repaired ... there was a part broken under the feed dogs. thanks

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On the 2662 there is a switch underneath the removeable toolbox, the thing that you remove to make it a free arm; anyway there is a switch that raises or lowers the feed dog. ive had numerous machines and have never seen this, but its there.

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Hopefully, you have the problem fixed by now. If not, if you bend over the front of the machine, you should see a slider switch on the back of the machine behind the needle plate. There is also a small button by the slider switch at the right end of it (your right). If you push that little button down, you should be able to slide the switch to your right, which will raise the feed dogs back up.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

I have a Brother XL-2230. There is a white plastic plate in the accessory bag. Snap this over the feed dog to cover it, and it will give you free motion. By removing the foot, you will have the freedom just as it the feed dog was down.

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