Feed Dogs do not go "up & Down" when sewing. Took of throat plate and lower housing -cleaned everything. The feed dog "lower button" takes it down but when releasing it, I have to put my fingernail under it to raise it into "up" position. Could there be something disconnected in the right end where the "arm" origionates? This machine is so old I hesitate to take it in and put any money into it. What do you think?
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Check to be sure you have not inadvertently dropped the feed dogs on your machine. Dropped feed dogs are used for 'darning' or 'free motion quilting.' Below is info from Troubleshooting Manual:
Fabric does not feed through the machine The feed dogs are lowered. Use the feed dog position switch to raise the feed dogs. 81 The stitches are too close together. Lengthen the stitch length. 42 The wrong presser foot was used. Attach the correct presser foot. 179 The needle is bent or blunt. Replace the needle with a new one. 34 The thread is tangled. Use scissors, etc., to cut the tangled thread and remove it from the race, etc.
With no make or model, it's guessing. First remove throat plate under presser foot that needle passes through, check for lint on feed dogs and in between feed dog teeth. Next l would oil feed dog mechanism, turn hand-wheel with throat plate removed and look for parts that rub. Lubricate with sew machine oil. Hope it helps.
Look at the feed dogs to see if they are rising above the needle plate at least 1 mm. If not rising lint may have felted between the feed dogs and the needle plate. It could also be the feed dogs have been lowered, or the height has slipped. If the feed dogs are above the needle plate turn the hand wheel and see if they are moving from the front of the machine to the back. If not it is a length adjustment. If this is normal the pressure on the fabric may be too low. Another problem may be the timing of the feed dogs. The feed dogs should rise above the needle plate when the needle leaves the fabric and descend when the needle comes down into the fabric. This requires an expert to fix.
First, lift the presser foot; next, push the feed dog lever to the raised position; finally, turn the handwheel towards you until you hear the feed dogs snap into place
If it doesn't, you will have to run a maintenance check on your feed dogs,
Unplug the machine and examine the feed dogs. The newer machines have metal feed dogs, but older models may have rubber ones, which often need replacing. Examine the feed dogs and check for damage.
Remove the throat plate, which is the covering over the feed dogs, and clean it with a soft cloth. Use a small soft brush to clean the feed dogs. Make sure to remove all lint and thread from the grooves of the teeth. Some machines have an adjustment that lowers the feed dogs for specific sewing procedures. They should be in the raised position for better viewing during the cleaning process.
Clean the area around the feed dogs with a soft brush. Compressed air is a good choice to use in the small tight areas.
Wipe down all areas with a clean, lint free cloth before replacing the throat plate.
Prepare to clean the feed dogs and all other areas that lint may accumulate on, after every project. Your sewing machine will last longer and need fewer repairs if kept clean and lint free.
Always unplug the sewing machine before any type of maintenance or cleaning.
Never use a sharp tool when cleaning the feed dogs as this may cause damage to the sewing machine.
Remove the throat plate and clean out the lint in between the feed dogs (teeth). Make sure the throat plate is not bent downwards where the needle goes through. Also, after removing the lint turn the machine over by hand, the feed dogs at their highest point should be about 2mm above the throat plate.
Also, try this link, there are many free books. http://www.singermachines.co.uk/Parts_&_Ser/indstbooks.htm