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The feed dog doesn't let my fabric slide, is too tight

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Loosen your tension on top, read your manual for the proper tension

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The pressure foot pressure is not feeding the fabric. I have adjusted the tension but still not feeding the fabric. What else can I do?


Tension does not affect the ability of the machine to feed fabric, except in extreme cases perhaps when tension is too tight.

You probably need to adjust the presser foot pressure of your machine. Lighter weight fabric is more difficult to feed, therefore the pressure needs to be increased. (Heavy weight fabric will sometimes push the upper layer of fabric in front of the presser foot, therefore less pressure is required.) Even so, very fine slick fabric (silk, satin, chiffon) sometimes still needs additional help. In such cases, a roller foot, teflon foot, or walking foot may be beneficial. There is also the possibility that the feed dog teeth have been worn so they do not grip the fabric like they should. (Avoid running the machine without fabric between the presser foot and feed dogs to protect the feed dogs from unnecessary wear.) If they are worn, usually they can be replaced.

Another possibility is that the feed dogs do not raise as high as they should. This would most likely require a technician's assistance.

Um, as an additional thought, make sure the presser foot surface is smooth. Any rough surface (nicks, rust, etc) will restrict the fabric's ability to move.

Jan 30, 2017 | Sewing Machines

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The feed dog is not controling the fabric through,so the fabric is moving sideways.


The feed dog could be one of the two: 1. It is cocked at an angle just slightly or 2. Uneven wear of the feed dog. Replace the feed dog.

Jun 27, 2016 | Sewing Machines

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Baby lock BL4-736d the feed dogs will not move forward


Make sure the stitch length is set long enough to actually advance the fabric. If set too short, the fabric movement will be very minimal. Also check that the presser foot pressure adjustment is set for the type of fabric you are sewing. The adjustment can be made for light- or heavy-weight fabric. If the presser foot pressure is too tight or too loose, it will have difficulty pulling the fabric.

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Mar 16, 2016 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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Not feeding material.


Tension generally does not affect the feed unless it is way too tight. Most reasons for fabric not advancing under the presser foot is that the feed dogs have been dropped for darning. If the feed dogs are operating properly, as the handwheel turns the feed dogs should rise above the plate, move toward the back of the machine pulling the fabric, drop down, come forward and rise again.

The other possibility is that the presser foot pressure has been released so the presser foot is not holding the fabric down on the feed dogs. Some machines have a spring-loaded knob on the top of the machine, a dial, or something to adjust the amount of pressure the foot applies. Consult your owner's manual.

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Aug 10, 2015 | Sewing Machines

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The feed dog of model 3230 is not working


check your top thread tension for the tight stitches
check your manual for the lever or switch for the feed dogs and see if there in the up position, if there not, then try the lever for the feed dogs & if there the lever doesn't work or there is not one, then the machine needs to be checked to see what's wrong with the feed dogs.

Apr 24, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Singer advance


Check the feed dogs are in the right spot, when they move they should be just above the needle plate. If they aren't then your feed dogs are disengaged and you need to push the button or leaver that re-engages them. If the feed dogs are in the right place then you may have the wrong presser foot on the machine and will need to change the presser foot to one with a slightly longer shank.

Apr 22, 2013 | Singer Sewing Machines

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My fabric dosnt move foward or back wards with the petal or manually ..


if the fabric won't move then there is something wrong with the
feed dogs, check in the needle plate to see if you can see the feed
dogs. you should be able to see them & touch them with your finger
since they are not moving the fabric it would be a good idea to
have the machine checked
I'm putting a link for a free manual for the machine, you can check
in the manual to see if it show where the feed dog lever is on the
machine, if it doesn't show a lever, or the lever is not responding to
movement then the machine needs to be checked to see what's
wrong.
http://www.singerco.com/uploads/download/463_2932_esf.pdf

Sep 04, 2012 | Singer 2932 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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What does feed dog lever do on my Elna 6005 Heirloom sewing machine? Do I need to alter it for sewing very thick fabrics/seams?


Feed dog lever should lower the feed dogs, these are the teeth that grip and move the fabric foward and backwards as the needle goes up and down, they are under the needle plate.

Only time you would lower the feed dogs is if you want to do free motion embroidery or darning perhaps.

So no, don't touch for normal seam stitching. If you are sewing very heavy fabric you may want to lessen the pressure on the presser foot a little (if your machine has this adjustment it will be a knob on top of the head above the pressure foot area).

You may find that your machine doesn't really like very thick fabrics. Sewing something like upholstery weight with a domestic machine is pretty ambitious; an industrial strength machine is best bet.

Nov 09, 2011 | Elna Heirloom Edition 6005

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Hi the pressure foot in my toyota RS2000 does not move when i try to sew. What could be the problem


check the feed dogs that are under the needle plate to see if there up or down,, if they are up you can feel them when you slide your finger over them,, only if there up can the machine sew,

the pressure foot holds the fabric against the feed dogs & the feed dogs move the fabric

Aug 26, 2011 | Toyota STF39 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Clothes don't advance when sowing and the stitch is too tight


check the feed dog position,, feed dog has to be up to sew & move the fabric
check the top tension & bring the tension down to a lower number to see which setting is good for the fabric your sewing

Nov 30, 2010 | Kenmore 15212 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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