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The feed dogs stick and bunch up the fabric and pull it out of the hoop.

The feed dogs seems to grab the thread and fabric and keep the machine from advancing. It is stuck so tight, the hoop lets go, no matter how tight I have it hooped. But when I get the mess cleaned up on top of the feed dogs, the bobbin thread seems to be ok. I have noticed several times when I insert the bobbin and wind the thread in , the thread sticks in the loop sometimes. Hope this makes sense. My machine was at the dealers last week for cleaning and repair for this problem, but it is not fixed.

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I would take it back to the repair shop with some of your samples and the "mess" in place so they can sort it out for you.......after all, you have paid them to do a service and should have a 30 or 90 day warrantee implicit in that arrangement.

I suggest you phone first to arrange to meet (with the tech too if possible) and outline your concerns, they do have a responsibility to you.

Whenever this happens to me (rare thankfully) I give the machine priority and generally talk it through with the customer and try a sew test with them present so we can see what is happening then and there.

I would not advise you to "play around" inside as it will void any warrantee.

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