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Thread: Does any one know why my machine won't feed the fabric?

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    Senior Member Japonica's Avatar
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    Angry Does any one know why my machine won't feed the fabric?

    Hi all,

    I just finished making a memory quilt for my stepson and three rag quilts for the GD's. My Kenmore sewing machine, will not feed the fabric through now and I have one more rag quilt and several AG doll bedding sets to make for Christmas. I checked the feed dog setting underneath, they are not dropped down. I cleaned out all the lint under the bobbin case and everywhere else.

    Luckily, I have my MIL's old Singer 201 machine which is sewing like an absolute dream. But, I want to know how to fix my other machine, so I still have two machines.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!
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    Check to make sure you have the pressure on the foot adjusted. There is an adjustment for thread tension , and also an adjustment for the pressure on the foot. It may have gotten bumped or turned to low somehow. Double check all areas for lint , my first thought is you had a serious lint build up at the feed dogs.
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    Have you taken the plate over you feed dogs off and cleaned out around the feed dogs? You can get a build up of lint behind the feed dogs and they can not move.

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    Does your kenmore have a pressure setting above the presser bar (or inside the cover where the light is)? Could be a dial with numbers - usually 1-3. This controls the pressure pushing down on the fabric. When I accidentally changed mine to too light, the fabric wouldn't feed. Hope it is a simple fix.

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    What is your stitch length set to? I started to panic one night and then realized it was set to "0." I hope that it is a simple fix.

    Cheers, K

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    quote Lori = Check to make sure you have the pressure on the foot adjusted. There is an adjustment for thread tension , and also an adjustment for the pressure on the foot. It may have gotten bumped or turned to low somehow. Double check all areas for lint , my first thought is you had a serious lint build up at the feed dogs.

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    quote Fluffygirl = Does your kenmore have a pressure setting above the presser bar (or inside the cover where the light is)? Could be a dial with numbers - usually 1-3. This controls the pressure pushing down on the fabric. When I accidentally changed mine to too light, the fabric wouldn't feed. Hope it is a simple fix.

    I think this may be it... many newer machines have a little spring loaded ring around a post on top of the needle bar area. push down on the wheel (donut shaped around the post) and the post will shoot up...that is the lightest setting...as you push the post in the center downward, the foot pressure increases...look for the dial or the donut/post combo....

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    My friend had the same problem with her machine it was a combination of built up lint under the feed dogs- we had to take off the pressure plate to get it rally cleaned up good and she had somehow changed the stitch length to 0
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    Quote Originally Posted by CorgiNole View Post
    What is your stitch length set to? I started to panic one night and then realized it was set to "0." I hope that it is a simple fix.

    Cheers, K
    This was my thought, also. Did you find what was wrong, yet?
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    Mine did the same thing right in the middle of sewing; it just quit feeding through. I checked the feed dogs, lint, took out the plate to get all the lint...still nothing. I put the feed dogs up, down, up, down; all seemed to be working and no lint. I just turned the thing off and went back the next day. It worked fine. Then did it again. Turned off again. Waited. Has worked fine since. ?????? Machines!!!!!!!!!! They're going to drive us all crazy then take over!

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    I recommend using a walking foot when sewing through thick layers! Does that help?
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    Make sure your feed dog gear isn't cracked. I found an almost new Janome computerized machine at a resale shop for a great price. I tried it out and everything worked until I tried to sew. It wouldn't feed. I took the bobbin case out and the needle plate off and lo and behold the gear was broken. I left it there. Thick layers of flannel are a good way to crack the gear on a low to mid-range priced machine. They are not built for that abuse. I don't know what machine you are using - just offering another suggestion.

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    Thanks to all for those suggestions. I have decided to wait until after the holidays to test it out. I did clean everything as stated and still didn't work. I need to check the stitch length and presure setting. It is closed in its nice little cabinet right now with my MIL's Singer 201 sitting right on top! I have already finished a third rag quilt and am half way done with the fourth. Now on to the AG doll bedding and "fiddling" around with the Kenmore after Christmas!
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    To all of you who helped with this problem...THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I took a toothbrush to the feed dogs. What appeared to be perfectly clean had soooooooooo much lint in it. I was shocked. The lint matched the color of the feed dogs, so you couldn't really tell there was a lot of lint in there. Problem solved for the time being. All the big rag quilts are sewn for Christmas. Now comes clipping them. :-(

    Now I can move on to the AG doll bedding for 4 little GD and since my machine is in a cabinet, I now have my "sewing table" back.

    Thanks again to all of you. Bless your hearts.

    Michaelene
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    Great news! It is amazing how much lint can build up. When I bought my used machine, there was essentially a felt pad of lint beneath the feed dogs.

    Cheers, K

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