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Re: ESPIRE SEWING MACHINE - MODEL ESp baby lock
Take it back to where you had it repaired and ask the dealer to make it work under his warranty. Maybe he can tell you exactly what's wrong with your machine. Usually it is a pressure problem or the feed dogs are filled with lint or they don't rise high enough above the needle plate to work. Take off the needle plate and check them. sewman7
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There is a switch that lowers the feed dogs when using the embroidery arm. look on the back of the freearm, might be on the end of the sewing free arm. There is a switch or control for this issue.
San Diego, CA
check to see if the feed dogs lever is in the up position for sewing, if not move the lever to the up position, if the feed dog lever moves and it doesn't make the machine sew, then the feed dogs need to be checked.
if you have a manual check to see where the feed dog lever is and see if it's in the up position for sewing or the down position , also possible that something is wrong with the feed dogs and they made need some type of adjustment.
had this same problem with a Babyloc machine. The two hex set screws
that hold the feed dog assembly to the drive shaft may have worked
loose. You can confirm this by turning the machine by hand and observing
the movement of the feed dogs. Tighten the hex screws using the correct
size Allen key. You will most certainly need to adjust machine's
timing. When working properly the feed dogs should rotate front to back
in an elliptical pattern, remaining down during the down cycle of the
needles. If the set screws have worked loose you may also have a problem
with the stitch length adjustment cam (located on the
left side of the machine.) This problem will manifest in a machine that
is locked up or slows down during use. When dry the cam will heat up,
expand and seize within its bearing sleeve. To fix this problem you will
need to remove
the small plastic cap (with red arrow) covering the screw securing the
cam. It is usually also necessary to remove the connecting rod/sleeve
that the cam rides in. Once both of these parts have been removed, you
will need to carefully separate them and resurface the inside of the
sleeve. This can be done with a very fine (500grit or higher) emery
paper. Once the cam fits inside the sleeve without binding, reassemble
using sewing machine oil or lithium grease and adjust feed dog timing.
remove the embroidery arm and before yo place the sewing box attachement move the feed dog switch to the left/up position. (its located on the frontside of the machine, which is visible when you remove the embroidery arm.
Here are some common reasons that the fabric won't feed: 1. Stitch length is set to zero, or machine is in button hole setting 2. Feed dogs are dropped (free motion setting) 3. Broken gears (typically in old singers) 4. Presser bar not coming down - may be bound up. 5. Lots of lint under the needle plate (in between the feed dogs) preventing feed dogs from raising.
Remove extension table/accessory box by gentle pulling it away from machine. You are left with just the free arm. In the back of the free arm, lower left corner, you will fine the feed dog lever. Push the leaver to the right to lower the feed dog.Instructions for lowering and raising the feed dog are on page 48 of your owner's manual. Good luck!