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I have a new Juki 8700-7H I switched the feed dogs, throat plate & presser foot to the light duty ones but Now the hand wheel is hard to turn & the stitch length won't adjust. What to do? Timing?

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Take your presser foot off and the screws out of the plate. Lift the plate slightly and turn your stitch length regulator to the longest stitch that you use. Now set the plate back down on the feed dogs and see if it will sit evenly without binding. Loosen the feed dog screws and see if you can move the feed dogs enough to allow the plate to sit down. Now, retighten the feed dog screws and rotate the hand wheel towards you to see if they will move freely without binding on the plate. If all well, replace your plate screws and then rotate the hand wheel towards you again.

If this doesn't fix it, you may need to purchase a different # feed dog/plate. You might check to make sure that the items you purchased were meant for a Juki. Mostly they will fit different brands but sometimes it is easier to make sure that the combination of feed dog/plate is actually meant for your Juki.

The other thing you can do is to call a mechanic to readjust the machine to make these work (a more expensive option to be sure!). This has NOTHING to do with your timing. If your machine made good stitches before you change the feed dogs/plate. It should make good stitches after you change it. Timing is all to do with stitch formation and not stitch feeding. Good Luck!

Posted on Nov 02, 2016


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SOURCE: feed dog switch

Did you turn the handwheel? The feed teeth will not come up until the machine is operated. Run it a few stitches and they will come up.

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SOURCE: stitch length adjustment don't work, fabric will not feed in to machine

Can you drop your feed dogs?

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SOURCE: presser foot husquvarna rose

You should be able to adjust the pressure on the presser foot. Check your user manual or see an authorized husqvarna viking dealer for assistance. They are usually eager to help. You can locate a dealer near you by visiting the husqvarna viking website and clicking on the Dealer link on the left-hand side of the page -

Good luck.

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SOURCE: underneath stitch bad

Make sure bobbin thread isn't laying on top of the bobbin. If you can see the bobbin thread when you look through the plastic lid that fits over bobbin, this could be culprit for sure. Easy fix!! Remove bobbin, put a felt spool cap holder into the bobbin case, put bobbin in making sure thread goes counter-clockwise. Make sure thread goes into tension slots. Pull thread all the way back so it falls into hole at left side of silver piece (stitch finger). Pull thread in needle toward you to raise bobbin thread up. When you begin sewing, the thread should now stay put and not jump out of place. If thread lays on bobbin, machine won't stitch properly. Felt spool holder will take up slack so bobbin stops rocking and jumping which causes bobbin thread to misbehave. Hoe this helps! One more thing: put in fresh needle in case you bent previous one, making sure flat side is away from you. Flat side behind, more rounded side facing you. Jimmy

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

SOURCE: Feed Dogs

when the feed dogs are in the up position the sewing machine
will sew
but when the feed dogs are down postion it will darn
try the feed dog lever again if you can move the feed dog lever and
the feed dogs respond going up and down then you know that
the feed dogs are working and are not broke
but if they do not respond then they need to be checked to see what's
wrong with them

Posted on Oct 24, 2012

Testimonial: "Thank you Debbi, I was also in touch with the Pfaff lady who sold me the machine at the Houston Quilt Festival in 2007. It turns out the mechanism which moves the feed dogs up and down was disengaged and I managed to re-insert it myself. Incredibly lucky, my heart was in my mouth as I thought I will either bust it or fix it. I live in Venezuela so fixing it myself was a good option. You were quite right that they were not responding, thanks for the help. Juliet"

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My Elna 6000: the needle does not want to move forward or backwards

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.

I hope this helps.

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Turn it to either extreme and then see if the feed dogs hit the plate when you hand turn the hand wheel towards you. Sometimes the feed dogs or plate have been replaced and they have set the stich length so that the feed dogs won't hit the ends of the plate.

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Just replaced a cracked throat plate on Juki DDL8700. It runs great but noticed presser feet are not parallel to dogs. Looks like presser bar has shifted a degree or two counterclockwise. A problem?

1. Did you replace the needle plate with one that had the same item #? If not, It might night be fitting quite right.
2. Did you unscrew the feed dogs at the same time? When I replace my plate, if I have had my feed dogs unscrewed, I put the screws in loosely until I set my plate because they are adjustable to fit correctly with the plate. Once my plate screws are in and tight, I tighten my feed dog screws so it fits evenly in the plate.
3.As a general rule, your the bar that holds you foot, doesn't move when you break a needle. However if you put a new foot on, it may not fit quite in the same way.
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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:

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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.

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Will only make very small stitches even when set on 4.

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.

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Take out the material, take off the foot and needle. Stick your finger on the feed dogs and hand turn the hand wheel like sewing. Does the feed dog come slightly above the surface of the needle plate? If it does.... tighten the presser foot tension.

If it doesn't locate the switch that drops the feed dog. Make sure it's in up position.

If neither of those solutions work. Remove the needle plate and see if the feed dog or mechanism that runs it is broken

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Feed dogs will not raise, I have lifted the presser foot, pushed the feed dog lever to the raised positon and turned the handwheel till i heard the click. They still will not snap into place in the raissed...


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.

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Turn off the power, remove the needle, presser foot and needle plate.

Clean the feed dogs with an old toothbrush.

Turn the hand wheel - are they moving?

Make sure the stitch length is not set at zero.

Refer to your manual for engaging the feed dogs.

If you still cannot get the feed dogs to feed, the machine will need service by a professional. Expect this to be around $80 or more,plus parts. Get an estimate.

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