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The Teeth On my sewing machine are up But i want to Do free embroidery.. How do i put the teeth down?

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You either have a plate that goes over the feed dog teeth or you have a lever, usually next to the bobbin access door on the front of the machine. You did not say what model you have, this info is in your manual.

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Ashleigh--Your machine will work satisfactorily ONLY if the presser foot is down. When the presser foot is up, the tension disk is released, therefore, no tension = a big knot of thread.

To free motion quilt, you should drop the feed dogs. Install a darning foot (this foot is shorter in length so when it is lowered, there is a space between the presser foot and needle plate). The space allows the fabric to be moved easily while stitching.

Some sewists will free motion quilt without a presser foot (if they don't have a darning foot), but that is very dangerous as one can easily sew through a finger. However, even when sewing without a presser foot, the presser foot mechanism needs to be lowered in order to properly form stitches.

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Look at the presser foot and imagine they are at the center of a clock. Now look at 4:00. There is a horizontal wheel (dial) on the free arm that needs turning.

The feed teeth are lowered when you turn the dial on the front of the free arm to the left . Turn the dial to the right if you wish to raise the feed teeth. The feed teeth will raise as you begin to sew.

Look at #12 on page 2 here: http://new.husqvarnaviking.com/sitefiles/clientsite/57/57c874e2-c4de-4acc-a703-3d47b01f941b.pdf

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Have you checked that the dog teeth are rotating to carry the fabric through. Sometimes if there is an embroidery feature to the machine the dog teeth may have dropped. There will be a button,slider or switch to drop the teeth. ALso check that the foot is fully down. Failing that it could be the timing and that needs a machine mechanic

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had a quick look at the manual for this at www.singer.com and I'd say your machine doesn't have the function to lower the feed dogs, many don't. It shows a darning plate which goes over the feed dogs to sew on buttons so if you are wanting to do free motion embroidery or similar, then use this plate to cover up the feed dogs.

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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).

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If the machine has been taken apart it may have been reassembled improperly so that the dial on front of freearm is interfering.
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Hi I have a professional xl 1000 and would like to know how it is possible to put the teeth down so they dont catch when embroidering with a free foot Thanks Natasha Searls-Punter


hi again
i managed to sort my problem
i knew there would be some knid of switch but i didnt no where
but if you slide the bottom part of the machine that contains all the tools then there is a little switch there that puts the teeth down

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