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Feed dog & auto threader problems.

Feed dog seems to "slip" and the fabric will not advance when the material is thicker. It sounds as if the teeth of the gears underneath the feed dog of the machine are not lined up properly or are slipping. This creates a thudding sound. Are the gears metal or plastic? I have tried adjusting the feed dog switch on the back of the machine but it does not change anything. Also the automatic threader will not work correctly. I plan on getting the machine serviced and cleaned but is there anything else I can do or adjust to help?

I'm having the same problem. The machine seems okay with one layer of fabric, but it doesn't feed the fabric through if it gets any thicker than that. It, too, is making a weird noise when this happens. I've oiled the machine and cleaned off all the fuzz that I can find.

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Remove the needle plate and clean the lint from between the teeth of feeddogs, also around and inside bobbin case.

The switch for the feeddogs is to raise (normal sewing) or lower (free motion) and if there is no difference, the accumulated lint will have made a felt pad between the teeth forcing the feeddogs to stay down and present with the problem you describe.


When things go a little "weird", the common instinct is OIL EVERYTHING............DON'T DO IT !!! ....this is rarely the solution on its own account, and can make the servicing a great deal longer as the excess must be removed........little oil regularly, not a bucketful every 5 years is a better approach.

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