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The feed dogs don't seem to be guiding the fabric through. I'm not getting an even stitch and sometimes it just stays in one spot, even though I'm guiding it. I've been gently pulling it from behind to help things along, but the stitching is very erratic. I've check the that the feed dogs are up and they are. Any suggestions?

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Is the presser bar applying enough pressure on the fabric to help the feed dogs do there job

Posted on Oct 01, 2010

  • jackie_lo702 Oct 01, 2010

    I don't know. The presser bar may be the answer. Thanks for the suggestion.I'm going to take it to a repair place and have it checked out.

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My Singer Quantum 9960 doesn't seem to be moving the material when I am sewing. It sews in the same spot and then the material gets stuck.


Am guessing you've already verified the feed dogs are in the raised position. The other thing to check is the presser foot pressure. If you are sewing lighter weight fabric, you may need to increase the pressure to make more contact with the feed dogs, or lighten the pressure when sewing thick fabric. Something else that may help is using a roller, teflon, or walking foot.

On the other hand, if the feed dogs are not moving like they should even if you have the stitch length higher, your machine may need service. Be sure you've cleaned the feed dogs of any accumulation of lint, dirt, debris. Of course, if you have used the machine a lot, the feed dog points do wear so they may not be gripping like new.


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Google make find mfg's website and get tech support . or take it to a repair shop .

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With the issues you are experiencing, it may be wise to take it for service.

Even though the feed dogs are raised, are they actually moving forward and back as you stitch (remove the thread, raise the presser foot, rotate the handwheel, and watch the feed dog action)? Check that the stitch length is set long enough that the feed dogs will be moving the fabric rather than sewing in place. Another thing to check is whether there is a pressure adjustment for the presser foot. If you are sewing light weight fabric, sometimes the pressure needs to be increased so the feed dogs are able to grab the fabric.

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Just wanted to check troubleshooting ideas on the feed dogs. They seem to be engaged but not running fabric through when sewing


Check that the stitch length is set to make ~10 stitches per inch. This stitch is long enough to actually move the fabric. If the stitch length is set too short, the fabric will stay barely move and the needle will stitch almost in place.

Check that the feed dogs have not been dropped for darning or free motion quilting. In this position, they do not rise and are, therefore, unable to contact the fabric to pull it through the machine.

With the presser foot raised and using no fabric, hand rotate the handwheel and watch if the feed dogs actually drop down 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. If the feed dogs are moving in this manner, then they are functioning properly.

Is there lint or gunk stuck in the feed dogs? This will restrict the ability of the feed dogs to grip the fabric.

Are the feed dogs worn? Are the little teeth worn so there are no sharp points?

What type fabric are you using? If it is very light-weight or slick fabric, the feed dogs will have a difficult time gripping the fabric. Most machines have a presser foot pressure adjustment so that more pressure is applied between the presser foot and the feed dogs. Consult your Owner's Manual. The adjustment is usually a dial either on the left side of the machine, on the front of the machine located above the needle bar, or on vintage machines it is usually a skrew located under the top lid above the needle bar.

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Are the feed dogs in the raised position and not dropped for darning for free motion quilting? Is the stitch length set to somewhere between 10 to 12 stitches per inch? If the stitch length is set too close to zero, the feed dogs will barely move the fabric causing it sew in the same spot.

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My sewing machine seems to do the same stitch length if I set it on 1 or 4 it doesn't change. I also have to pull the fabric along as the machine does not move it, just sews in the same spot. The machine...


There are a couple of things that could cause this. Your feed dogs could be either low or worn down, so they are not biting into the fabric enough to move it. The presser foot pressure could be set at it's lowest setting and not pressing the fabric firmly against the feed dogs, thereby allowing the feed dogs to slip under the fabric without moving it. You could also have a lubrication issue or a broken part in the stitch length adjustment system. In any case it would probably be best to take it to a reputable sewing machine repair shop in your area for a tune up. That's a great idea anyway after buying any machine second hand.

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Presser foot tension is to low for the weight/finish of the fabric, or bottom dogs are worn.
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  • The feed dog regulates the stitch length by how much fabric passes under the presser foot as the machine stitches.


  • It is important for you to not push and pull the fabric under the presser foot. Allow the feed dog to move the fabric, so that you do not bend and break sewing machine needles.
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