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Are the feed dogs moving at all--like moving toward the back of the machine, dropping down below the needle plate, moving forward, rising, and then moving toward the back of the machine? Make sure the stitch length is set high enough to actually move the fabric--not set at zero or near zero. If the feed dogs stay below the needle plate, then most likely they have been dropped for darning.
If the feed dogs are frozen, not moving, and it is an older mechanical machine, they may be seized due to old oil.
Old oil has dried and is causing parts to seize. Feed dogs are a frequent indicator of this condition. Stitch selectors also tend to be affected. Eventually, the needlebar will seize and the machine will totally stop.
Is the feed dog raised into sewing position and not dropped as for darning? Feed dogs need to be in the raised position in order to pull the fabric through the machine.
If the stitch length is set too short, it will cause the fabric to barely move thereby causing the machine to stitch in one place.
Raise your presser foot and gently rotate the handwheel and watch the feed dogs. Do they rise when coming to the front of the machine, move toward the back of the machine, drop down below the needle plate, and move forward to the front of the machine again? If so, the feed dogs are working properly.
If the feed dogs never rise, they are in the dropped position for darning or free motion quilting when you would move the fabric manually.
If, on the other hand, the feed dogs do not move at all, then they are seized and you should probably get your machine serviced.
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.
feed dogs are mechanically connected to shuttle race link.everytime shuttle race rotatate and needle goes up and down the move relative to its timing order.there is control knob on feed dogs to release or goes down permanently not to move,on the right side of machine.if you push down feed dogs go down.try to find this one,if you can't try to see uder the machine if there a loosen parts behind shuttle race holding feed dogs.tighen this up.hopefully this could help you,have a nice day,just rate me thank's
Pull out the removable table and you will see the drop down feed dogs switch lever behind the back of the machine. Move that lever to the left or right to have feed dogs go back to normal sewing mode OR for embroidery mode.
I have the same problem...this is a work around, not a fix.
You need a small flat-head screwdriver.
1. Remove the clear bobbin cover.
2. Make sure the feed dog switch is in the DOWN position.
3. Slide the screwdriver under the feeddogs from inside the bobbin area & lift the feed dogs.
4. While holding the feed dogs in the up position, return the feed dog knob to the up position.
You have to do this every time you put the feed dogs down...bummer, but I can find no broken part or adjustment that corrects this. If it's inside the machine body, I don't mess with it... I did take off the bottom plate in the feed dog area..one screw holds it.... there is nothing there to indicate a problem.