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Thread: Help!! feed dogs just stopped working - any ideas?

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    I was quilting merrily along on my quilt as you go project using the walking foot on my Bernina 1130 and the fabric just stopped moving. I've moved the feed dogs down and back up, turned the machine off and on, cleaned out the lint. I got it to stitch another few inches but it stopped working again. I turned it off to give it a rest. Any ideas of what the problem might be? There's no way I can take it to the doc so any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

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    No idea. Hope it resets so they will work when you go back to your machine. Unplugging electronics sometimes lets them reset and work properly when plugged back in. Keeping my fingers crossed for you.

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    Finger's crossed here as well....please let us know if this corrects the problem.

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    Wow, that would be the pits. I hope it works when you plug it back in.

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    Thanks for the tips and encouragement. No luck....guess I'll have to call the doc tomorrow. I have another machine, but I like Bernina is much better for quilting.

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    I am so sorry!!! I hope it's stay is short and inexpensive :wink:

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    are you sure it's the feed dogs and not the walking foot?

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    Quote Originally Posted by butterflywing
    are you sure it's the feed dogs and not the walking foot?
    I would check regular sewing first too...I've gone thru about 3 walking feet before I finally realized Your not suppose to go in reverse???? Never knew that, no problems since

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    You're not supposed to go in reverse with a walking foot? I never knew that. Why, do you suppose?

    Renee

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    Quote Originally Posted by renee765
    You're not supposed to go in reverse with a walking foot? I never knew that. Why, do you suppose?

    Renee
    a sewing machine guy told me that the gears on a walking foot are made to rotate forward...when you reverse it stripes the gears????? I know I never could keep one working :roll:

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    WOW!!! I did not know that about a walking foot....thank you for telling me before I did it with mine :D :D :D

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    Hmm..... guess I haven't "reversed" enough miles yet.....

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    Wow, I did not know that.

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    Clean your machine.
    Take the throat plates off, get a pair of tweezers and get all of the "fuzz" out of there. I think your feed dogs are not being allowed to raise up, consequently, no forward movement.
    I have had this happen to me twice.
    The first time it cost me $60 to have repairman do what I could have done for myself. He didn't tell me what had happened, but the second time, I had my suspicions.
    So, I took the throat plate off, and almost missed the fuzz that was so impacted it looked like part of the machine and absolutely wouldn't come out without the tweezer, so felted that when it came out, it came out in bales! I couldn't even pull them apart with my fingers!
    Clean your machine .... and, REALLY clean it.

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    My feed dogs get clogged with lint just as you say. After taker the throat plate off I take a used toothbrush to it. If that doesn't work, the tweezers or some other pointed object. The lint will also compact around the bobbin case and when I sew, I hear a clunking sound...I know it is past time to take everything apart and do a real cleaning.

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    ok, I cleaned the machine thoroughly. The feed dogs raise up, but still won't move. I'll let you know what the doc says tomorrow. :(

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    Quote Originally Posted by LindaR

    II've gone thru about 3 walking feet

    feet? feet? FOOTS! :roll:


    laralea, did you try the plain sewing? forward and backward?

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    So you aren't supposed to reverse sew with a walkingfoot ? I didn't know that and am guilty of doing that ! Seams like they would say that on the box it comes in . Annie

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    I've had my walking foot for 20 yrs and I reverse sew when using it. It still work ok.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_MO
    I've had my walking foot for 20 yrs and I reverse sew when using it. It still work ok.
    thats good, I never had any luck doing that and finally he told me what I was doing wrong after the 3rd one :lol:

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    Well I didn't know you weren't suppose to go in reverse with the walking foot.. Maybe that's why I've gone through 2 of them. I had the same problem...worked fine, then only worked for a bit and would stop again, then quit completely. The regular stitch foot worked fine. I'm waiting on $$$$ to buy my third walking foot. The 2nd. one didn't last any time at all. Thanks for the information, LindaR.


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    Boy, oh Boy....I am in the same stressed out mode that MadQuilter was when she saw ROOSTER in the block swap instead of roster. I saw this thread and wondered why the dogs quit working after they were fed? Were they those little Mexican dogs that needed a siesta? What kind of dogs were they that they were worker dogs? Like St. Bernard's, or blood hounds? Light bulb.......at least I had a chuckle first thing this morning, if only at myself.

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    Hope you havebetter luck than me. Mine quit working and had to take it in and they had to send it to the factory cause the main shaft was broken and it cost a mere fortune, the only consulation is it now works like a new machine. Good luck!!!

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    Have you called Bernina? When my Elna started to sew backwards I called them. The repairman talked me through how to take it apart and get all the lint out. Not just what I could see or reach with the brush. Hope they can help you. Happy sewing!

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    I 'reverse' with my walking foot and have no problems. I have a cheapie one for my kenmore.

    Thanks for letting us know that tho.

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