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Problem with feeddog on my sewing machine

The feeddog will not move up or down when I manipulate the feeddog switch on the bottom, front of the machine.

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When the feed dogs have been dropped, some machine feed dogs will not become activated (rise & move backward & forward) until stitching is begun.

Be sure the stitch length is set high enough to actually cause the feed dogs to move forward & backward.

If they still do not move and your machine is mechanical (not computerized), the old oil may have solidified and is preventing them from moving. A good cleaning and oiling may be required. Other than that, it may need service.

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When I put the presser foot down and begin to stitch, the needle just keeps sewing in the same place, and the presser foot won't allow me to easily move the fabric.


You might want to see if the drop feed control is down. There's a switch (for my Singer machine, you have to take off the removable sewing table/storage, and the switch is behind the machine)...if the drop feed is down, you can't see the "teeth" as I call them which grips the fabric.

Another idea is to back stitch (reverse sewing lever) a couple stitches and then try sewing.

Make sure the foot speed control is hooked up correctly. https://wiki.artisansasylum.com/images/0/0f/Sewing_Machine_--_Singer_3116_--_Manual.pdf This is the manual for your sewing machine model you posted. Good luck.

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Feeddog won't move with pressure foot down. I have a Baby Lock BL4-428. I haven't used it in a while. I cleaned it up and oiled it. The feeddog moves when the pressure foot is up but as so


it sound like the feed dog & the presser foot need to be adjusted
so they work togeather,,it's very possible they need to be timed
a sewing machine repair shop can tell you for sure

Sep 05, 2012 | Baby Lock Sewing Machines

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Dog feeds not working


check the feeddog to see if there in the up position, you'll be able to see & feel the feeddog teeth with your fingers,, but if you can't feel them the check the feeddog knob or lever.
if the lever is in the up position & you can't move the lever or if you can move the lever up or down & the feeddogs don't move there position
then it's possible that there's something wrong with them & the machine will have to be serviced

Feb 07, 2012 | Janome Sewing Machines

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The feed dogs will not move the material


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

Jan 31, 2012 | Kenmore Sewing Machines

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Can raise the teeth to the machine


Your manual will tell you where your lever is to raise the feeddog, remember to move your handwheel towards you, never away from you when you want to raise the feeddogs. Also make sure that you have engaged the machine again if you wound a bobbin. My feeddogs on my old machine was on the machine, if you pulled off the extension part to make the machine into a free arm. If, you have problems go to Sears sewing department and they will show you.

Sep 09, 2010 | Kenmore 15516 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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Feeddog isn't working


your stitch length may be set to zero

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Feeddog only moves up and down instead of in a shifting back and forth motion. The material is not moving through. Sews in one spot


look in your manual there is a switch, slide or something that will move the feed dog back to the original position, you have it in the free hand mode lij=ke for free hand embroidering or darning

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Size of stitch


Sounds like malfunction with the feeddogs or stitch length balance. Without thread or fabric, turn the handwheel and watch the feeddogs (the toothy looking things under the presser foot which moves the fabric as you sew). The amount of distance they move with each revolution of the handwheel determines the stitch length. Watch to see whether they move from front to back. It may be that they are worn out or that they are just too low to adequately move the fabric as you sew. Take to authorized Husqvarna Viking dealer for repair. This is not something that can be done by the owner. Check Husqvarna Viking website for dealer closest too you.

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Feed teeth have dropped down


Hi. Benieth the free arm there is a lever that you can switch from left to right. This raises and lowers the feeddogs for normal sewing and darning. Possibly you need to flip that switch lever. If that doesn't solve it then the freearm cover on the bottom needs to be removed and the feeddog mechanism cleaned and oiled. Could be stuck.
Good luck. Hope its the easy fix.
Rick

Jan 21, 2009 | Bernina Bernette 75

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Kenmore sewing machine # 385.17626 feed dogs not advancing fabric. Appear to move up and down, but not forward to back.


I had the same problem and had recently posted my own message, with no replies. Took it to a repair person and he fixed it at no cost - it was stuck in reverse because the mechanism(s) were all gunked up. Take off the accessory box on the machine and the bottom plate. move the mechanism so they move freely and take out any gunk you see. The feeder dogs should now move back & forth in addition to up & down, feeding the material properly

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