I just bought this machine a couple of months ago. It was working fine and then it stopped feeding the fabric. I took it apart and cleaned it. The feed dogs seem to be working just fine but the fabric will not feed. It just stays in one place and bunches up on the bottom. This problem started yesterday, then it was working fine again and now it's doing the same thing.
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Re: Kenmore Sewing Machine 16221 will not feed
Check for lint buildup between the feeddog teeth, will look like felt pads.....remove it !.........this little housekeeping should be done regularly......also ensure the correct stitch length is selected, not set at zero (OK, unlikely, but can happen !!)
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Pretty common problem on older mechanical machines. If yours is mechanical, try using Tri-Flow Synthetic Oil (from the hardware store) or a "good" quality sewing machine oil (NOT 3-in-1, cooking oil, or old canned sewing machine oil) and apply to the feed dog's moving mechanical parts. Then direct hot air from a hair dryer into the internal metal parts. (Get it hot but don't burn your fingers!) Let cook and test.
I just did this yesterday on my neighbor's older Kenmore that the feed dog was totally frozen. A couple treatments with oil and hair dryer and it's working like new!
Secret to Keeping Your Old Mechanical Working: Frequent oil with "good" quality sewing machine oil. Only a "couple" drops in each oil port and each place where metal rubs on metal (gently rock or rotate the handwheel and watch where things move) and also move the dials, levers, and switches and oil those as well. Don't forget the moving parts under the machine too. Also, apply one drop every 8 hours of use to the outer edge of the shuttle where it rubs as it turns. Do NOT oil the belts, plastic gears, or cams. Oil every time "before" starting a new project. If in storage (non-use), oil every six months. Do this and you'll have a happy machine!
HOW TO FIX YOUR FEEDER TEETH (DOG TEETH) ON EMERALD 116/118/120 IF THEY STOP WORKING....
So this is just a temporary solution to this problem... after reading through the user's guide (which really needs to be updated to have more troubleshooting suggestions), and basically taking apart various parts of the machine, I found a temporary solution.
1. Unscrew the Face Place (where the needle is attached to. #9 in User Guide Overview) There is only one screw on the side right underneath the Pressure Foot Pressure Dial (#8 in User Guide Overview). Taking off the Face Place gives you room to use a screwdriver for step 2...
2. Unscrew the Needle Plate (#12 in User Guide Overview), and take out the Bobbin holder (black). Slide the lever for the Feed Teeth to the raised position, and with your forefinger pop up the Feed Teeth (underneath the needle) to the raised position. You will here a click... and you are set to go. Reassembly your machine and get back to sewing!
on my machine, as janome, there is a feed dog lever behind the bobbin are, and a pressure foot adjust on the top of the machine. But idf you have touched those perhaps something is catch in them and thats why it keeps happening ??
I surfed around this site for various suggestions, finally took the bottom plate off and cleaned and oiled all the parts along that rod that goes right across (think it's a drive bar that rotates). Ran the machine without thread in for a few minutes to let the oil soak in. Machine now works fine.
Check to see if the feed dogs are up, maybe you somehow clicked or switched a button, it happens to me some time when I take the bobbin out and put a new one in. I don't know your machine but some machines have the lever/knob for dropping the feed dogs in a strange location.
Is the stitch length selector set to > 1
Remove the needleplate and clean between teeth of feeddogs if it has been a while since this has been done, old lint will impede feeding.
Presser foot tension for general work needs to be set at 3, or the chromed button pushed down to the grooved line, depending on machine.
If new, call the dealer where you bought it and speak to them.
Remove extension table/accessory box by gentle pulling it away from machine. You are left with just the free arm. In the back of the free arm, lower left corner, you will fine the feed dog lever. Push the leaver to the right to lower the feed dog.Instructions for lowering and raising the feed dog are on page 48 of your owner's manual. Good luck!