One minute my Kenmore 385 1884180 was humming along, the next second the feed dogs would no longer feed the fabric along. I've cleaned out the bobbin area and feed dogs, nothing. Any ideas?
I just recently bought a used Kenmore 385 1764180, and although it seemed to work at the previous owners house, once I set it up at my place and tried to use it, the feed dogs weren't pulling the fabric through. I took a good, close look, and although they move up and down (and seem to be in the proper position), they don't move back and forth at all. Someone suggested that the feed dogs might be in the dropped position for darning, but I have search the machine, and can't even find a lever or button or switch for that option, and anyway, the feed dogs ARE coming up above the plate. Just wondering if anyone can help me.
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Re: My kenmore 385 won't feed fabric
Check to see what pattern is selected. Be sure it isn't the buttonhole.Select straight stitch.Move the stitch length setting to 4.Turn the handwheel and see if the feed dogs move forward. Press the reverse lever and see if they move backwards. Select straight stretch stitch and turn the wheel to see if the feed dogs move forward and backward.Check the presser foot release on top of the machine and make sure there is pressure on the foot. Sometimes the reverse assembly on this machine stops working because it has the wrong type of grease on it and it turns into a hard gummy mess that won't let it work. sewman7
Have Kenmore 385 1264. suddenly stopped moving material throught. Was using a lite weight material. Won't go forward, or back. Change stitch length, tension, cleaned bobbin area, needles check under feed dogs. Change to duck material- no problem. Forward and back. Could my feed dogs need to be replaced?
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The needle never moves forward/back on its own for most sewing machines. The needle bar goes up and down. The fabric moves due to the action of the feed dogs. First remove the fabric from under the presser foot. Check for tangled thread wrapped around the feed dogs or fabric/thread going down into the bobbin area in a tangle. Next check if the feed dogs are up. (When the feed dogs are down or covered (on some machines), the machine is in darning mode. The fabric will only move if you move it yourself.) With the fabric out of the way, rotate the hand wheel and check if the feed dogs are moving. Open up the bobbin compartment and clean out any lint, thread or other debris that may be tangling the mechanism. Take off the throat plate and check the feed dogs. A damaged throat plate can stop the feed dogs from moving properly. You may need to replace the throat plate.
For some machines, you may need to make sure that the unit is not in bobbin wind mode. This is usually obvious since the needle bar won't move either.
Confirm the feed dogs are raised. Make sure the feed dog teeth, area under the needle plate and the bobbin area are clean of any debris, thread, or buildup. Some machines also have a presser foot pressure adjustment that increases the pressure the presser foot applies to the feed dogs. The feed dogs could be worn (never run the sewing machine without fabric between the presser foot & feed dogs).
Remove the needle plate and clean the feed dogs with a brush...remove any lint and bits of thread.
A couple of drops of sewing machine oil might help to loosen the feed dogs up. (maybe let the oil seep in and then turn the handwheel towards yourself to help things along.
One other thought:
If your machine has feed dog lowering capability you might want to move that lever/switch back and forth a couple of times.
The feed dogs might not appear to raise or lower, but some machines will only re-engage raised feed dogs when the machine starts to stitch.
Also...verify that the presser foot tension isn't too strong/heavy...and temporarily try using a longer stitch length setting.
run you finger over the feed dogs under the foot - can us feel them above the surround? if not, you have placed your machine into free style sewing, and the feed dog does not advance the fabric in this mode. Look in your manual and see where the feed dog gets lowered/raised - raising it again should solve your problem.
Check your manual to find out how make sure that the feed dogs are up. Those are the "teeth" on the bottom that move the fabric along. If you're not sure or can't find the manual then posting the question with machine's model number might help.
If the fabric won't advance because the bobbin thread is jamming: Check to be sure that your tension is set correctly and that your machine is threaded correctly - even experienced sewers can occasionally miss a spot like forgetting the change the loop after rewinding a bobbin. Also make sure the the thread in your bobbin is the same brand and type as the spool that is threaded. An imbalance in the types of threads can throw off the tension.
When this happens it is because the thread tension was not right so it gets stuck under the bobbin case and the feed dogs. Use a bigger lint brush and take out the bobbin casing and clean out the shuttle. When you rethread pull slightly on the thread before you feed it through the needle. This will make sure the thread is properly in the tension discs.