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Feed Dogs I don't see any difference between feed dogs up or down. When in the down position the feed dogs still rise above the needle plate. Have to confess I only now see that the presser foot must be UP when I change them - Have I broken it?

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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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Korede Atunrase

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SOURCE: feed dogs will not raise, I have lifted the

Hello

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.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011

bargainbox

Hassy

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SOURCE: Feed dogs are not feeding

Either they are clogged with lint, or if you remove the base and find shredded gears (esp Singer)....not good

Posted on Nov 10, 2011

Anonymous

SOURCE: feed dogs on my machine wont rise above plate

Open the door infront of the hook race assembly/bobbin carrier and check to the right of that. There is a chrome lever which engages with slots in the plastic casing. The correct position for this is as far to the left as it will go. If it is to the right furthest extent it will disengage the feed dogs. It should disengage automatically but if has not, press the lever down and slide it to the left. Good luck

Posted on Apr 27, 2007

Robbie Brewington

  • 255 Answers

SOURCE: Feed Dogs, Thread Tangle

Hi Jeanette! You have a Singer Featherweight--the best sewing machine ever made! (Mine dates from 1950/51 and I wouldn't trade it for the world.) These beautiful, sturdy machines were designed to be easily repairable at home, but you'll need a copy of the Service Manual (get the Instruction manual too, if you don't have one.) Go to www.singer-featherweight.com and check out what they have available.

I had a similar problem (needle thread not catching the bobbin thread) and the problem was that I hadn't put the needle in correctly (flat side to the left). Also, I will occasionally get thread wrapped around the bobbin housing--sewing along just great and then everything comes to a screeching halt. I'm not sure why that happens, but I'm getting pretty good at taking the bobbin housing apart. The manual is pretty clear on how to do it. You can contact me direct at robbie1949@comcast.net for more information.

Thanks!

Robbie

Posted on Jan 10, 2008

Anonymous

  • 46 Answers

SOURCE: needle position

perhaps the needle is not in straight or is bent.

Posted on Oct 24, 2008

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