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The feed dogs will not move the material

The sewing machine feed dogs will not move the material to sew

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Check the feeddogs & see if there in the up position, if there not move the lever or knob to the up position
if the lever is up then there is something wrong with the feeddogs & it needs to be serviced

Posted on Jan 31, 2012


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My Singer Quantum 9960 doesn't seem to be moving the material when I am sewing. It sews in the same spot and then the material gets stuck.

Am guessing you've already verified the feed dogs are in the raised position. The other thing to check is the presser foot pressure. If you are sewing lighter weight fabric, you may need to increase the pressure to make more contact with the feed dogs, or lighten the pressure when sewing thick fabric. Something else that may help is using a roller, teflon, or walking foot.

On the other hand, if the feed dogs are not moving like they should even if you have the stitch length higher, your machine may need service. Be sure you've cleaned the feed dogs of any accumulation of lint, dirt, debris. Of course, if you have used the machine a lot, the feed dog points do wear so they may not be gripping like new.


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