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Feed Dogs on Sewing Machine Not Moving

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I'm working with a Brother 8200 (ancient, I know, but it still works). I opened the face plate to clean lint from the hook mechanism to make sure the stiching was clean on a new project. When I put it all back together and tried to sew, though, the fabric wasn't being pulled along by the feed dogs. After playing around a bit, found that the feed mechanism isn't moving up and down: when I opened the face plate again I found that the dogs weren't moving at all; pressed on the runners bit and heard the mechanism engage, but they only move back and forth -- no vertical movement at all. Checked the spec and I'm supposed to get between .9 and 1.1mm clearance above the face plate, but they're not even clearning it by a hair. Checked to make sure that the feed dogs weren't in the "dropped" position for free sewing, so everything should be working. What do I do now? Can't afford a new machine, especially since this one works for the most part, with a little TLC. I will be very grateful for any suggestions for next steps in diagnosing and fixing the problem!
Thanks,
Linda

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Hi,
The Kenmore is made by Janome. The Janome has a little cam (lever) that when flipped, is pushed out of the way so the feed dogs will drop down. Over time (read too long between thorough cleaning and oiling), the cam will stick over where it is pushed. It is physically pushed when dropping the feed teeth, but it when you flip the lever back, it relys only on a spring for it to pop back. It only has one spot in a complete hand wheel rotation to pop back, and if it sticks at all, it wants to stay down.
Solution:
Hold the feed dogs up while turning the handwheel. This can help it pop up. If that doesn’t work, remove the two bottom screws under the free arm and look for the cam. It like the on the very end of the machine even left and further back from hook. As you turn the handwheel, you’ll see it rotate as a lopsided wheel on the shaft. Gently push it right while you turn the handwheel. Then clean and oil it so it will move more freely
Kent
Hi,
The Kenmore is made by Janome. The Janome has a little cam (lever) that when flipped, is pushed out of the way so the feed dogs will drop down. Over time (read too long between thorough cleaning and oiling), the cam will stick over where it is pushed. It is physically pushed when dropping the feed teeth, but it when you flip the lever back, it relys only on a spring for it to pop back. It only has one spot in a complete hand wheel rotation to pop back, and if it sticks at all, it wants to stay down.
Solution:
Hold the feed dogs up while turning the handwheel. This can help it pop up. If that doesn’t work, remove the two bottom screws under the free arm and look for the cam. It like the on the very end of the machine even left and further back from hook. As you turn the handwheel, you’ll see it rotate as a lopsided wheel on the shaft. Gently push it right while you turn the handwheel. Then clean and oil it so it will move more freely
Kent

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