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I have a Singer Stylist 513 & I cannot get the feed dogs raised.

I have a Singer Stylist 513 & I cannot get the feed dogs up in order for the fabric to move when I start sewing. Is there a switch or knob to change the feed dogs?

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The model 513 Singer has two gears which operate the feeding mechanism. If one of these gears is broken, the machine will run except the feed dogs will not move. This is a very common problem with this model.

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You sewing machine's feeddog is called a pressure dial it is located on the left side of your sewing machine at the top above & to the left of the take up lever, it's a little dial it will have numbers on it, & possible a d on it for darning, move the dial to a number like 3 to 5 & see if it will start stitching.

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Debbi, I have tried to move the dial and it will still not move the material through to sew on its own, its like it is stuck in one spot, if we keep it set on 0, it will move the material along but it will skip. If we set it any higher, it will sew in one spot and not move the material along to sew????

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Singer 513 runs smoothly but the feed mechanism will not raise up to. move the material along.

Make sure the pressure on the presser foot is activated. If it is set too light, it will not have enough pressure for the feed dogs to pull the fabric through the machine. Also, set the stitch length to at least #2 or higher. It could be possible the feed dogs have seized from old oil. If nothing helps, then you may need to take it for service as something is haywire with the feed dog mechanism itself.

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Feeddog singer stylist 776 how would the feeddog gt lowered

Consult the owner's manual. There should be instructions for how to darn with your machine. It would require either the feature that lowers/raises the feed dogs or a cover plate that attaches over the feed dogs.

If your machine came with the cover plate accessory, and the feed dogs are not rising to feed the fabric, then I suspect the machine has not been cleaned & oiled in quite some time and perhaps the feed dogs have seized. When you run the machine (remove the needle and presser foot), watch if the feed dogs actually drop below the needle plate, move toward the front of the machine, then rise above the needle plate and move toward the back of the machine. This is a repetitive motion that actually pulls the fabric through the machine. If this is not happening with your machine, it needs service.
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How do you raise the feed dogs on the Singer Stylist 776?

Here's a manual to download for your machine:

It appears that your machine does not have a drop feed-dog function. Instead, you would need to buy a special plate that covers the feed dogs. (See page 6)

If the feed dogs are not functioning properly, then consult the maintenance section of the manual for cleaning and oiling. Most likely, the feed dogs need oiling. Be sure to perform regular maintenance on your machine to keep it operating.


Aug 29, 2015 | Singer Sewing Machines

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I have a Singer Quantum Stylist 9960 and the feed dogs will not lift back up.

you may have to rotate the handwheel two or three rotations after enabling the feeddog selector.

Sep 10, 2014 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Hi... I put new 2 gears which operate feed dogs.but my singer stylist 513 sewingmachine's feed dogs still jamed.not moves

The feed dogs must be centered. If the dogs rise too high the material may get stuck and cause problems. Another problem could be the foot is too high of pressure and must be lowered to allow the fabric to move. The last thing to look for is to check if the feed dogs are above the plate at the same time the needle is above the plate. All of these can cause trouble. It is also possible to have the plate have an area that causes a snag. Check the plate where the needle goes in the plate and check the edges of the hole. If they are rough then you can likely use a finger nail file to smoothen the edges. These are all very important to check.

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I have a singer 543 the feed dogs won't move.

I suggest getting out your manual and looking up lower and raising the feed dogs. When the feed dogs are lowered they don't move. You could have lowered them without realising it.

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How to replace feed dog on a singer 513

You should consult someone who repairs/restores old machines. They can best advise on how to proceed with this issue.

Nov 03, 2017 | Singer Sewing Machines

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Do you prefer the singer stylist 518 or 834? I am looking at purchasing one of them

Here's a review for the 834.
Although it mentions you cannot raise and lower the feed dogs, you can change the throat plate to cover the feed dogs when you don't want to use them.
I couldn't find any reviews for the 518. I think the higher the number, the newer the machine although I may be wrong about that! I have a Singer Stylist 416.
I would look at how easy and expensive it is to get replacement parts for both machines before making your choice.
This is a good site for Singer Stylist parts.
Why don't you email the guy who runs it and ask him what his preference would be?
Hope this helps, Hazel

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