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Thread: Juki 2010Q feed dogs won't go down

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    Juki 2010Q feed dogs won't go down

    Hi everyone! I've been FMQing on my Juki, sometimes leaving the feed dogs up with a stitch length of 0, and other times lowering the feed dogs. Yesterday I discovered that the feed dogs will no longer drop. The lever to drop them won't budge.

    Anyone else have have this problem? Thanks for the help.
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    This is just a thought, and I don't have a Juki, but have you taken off the throat plate and cleaned that area really well?

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    I don't have a Juki but if it's a lever, you may need to add a drop of sewing machine oil to the joint. Joints can freeze up from accumulated gunk, but oil can soften it up. You usually have to wait a day for the oil to penetrate, and it may take more than one application.

    I found this service manual for the machine, but didn't find a diagram of the feed dog lever:
    https://www.juki.co.jp/household_en/...e%20manual.pdf

    If there is a spring involved with the lever, it could be that the spring has worn out and needs to be replaced. However, if the lever is frozen in place, I would think the problem is more likely to be lubrication.

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    ON my machine, you must start to sew again for them to move in place again. just in case you hadn't tried that yet.

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    Cleaning under the feed dogs is a good idea.

    If you take the bottom off of the machine, you can see a bullet shaped metal part. That's what gets gummed up, and doesn't let your feed dogs drop. If that's the culprit, you can try to remove the gummy stuff and re-oil.
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    I was so glad to see the answer to this question! My feed dogs stopped going up and down a couple of months ago. I've been taking the throat plate off and lifting the feed dogs with a little screwdriver!

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    Clean all areas with machine switched off. Now try again.
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    I agree with most of the comments. You do need to get those pesky dust bunnies out from under the sole plate. Do you need to take it in for servicing occasionally?? Maybe it is time to get her in for service.
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    so pleased to see this post, as I've had this problem for a while now with my Brother. Don't know how to take the covers off though, so have been putting it off till she goes for service. Haven't been game to unscrew the bottom in case it's connected elsewhere. If anyone knows of a youtube video on how to 'uncover' these machines, please pm me the link.

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    On occasion the feed dogs won't drop on my Baby Lock. I have found that if I slowly turn the wheel that raises & lowers the needle while pushing on the lever that lowers the feed dogs they will go down. It's worth a try on your machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gay View Post
    so pleased to see this post, as I've had this problem for a while now with my Brother. Don't know how to take the covers off though, so have been putting it off till she goes for service. Haven't been game to unscrew the bottom in case it's connected elsewhere. If anyone knows of a youtube video on how to 'uncover' these machines, please pm me the link.
    What model of Brother do you have? I have the 1500 ps and it's simple to take the housing off . It's all mechanical so very easy to maintain and clean. I would suggest not taking the turn wheel off. It's very tedious to put back together and usually nothing there that needs attention.
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    I just Saturday took my Juki 2010Q into the shop for service. Always get annoyed when I have a problem I can't fix myself....but then I thought - I wouldn't expect my car to run forever without professional service and tune up. So why do I expect my Juki baby to?!

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    Watch some of the Brother repairs - I wanted mine cleaned and the thread taken out of the flywheel. There's a small breadboard connector that needs to be taken off, and I refuse to touch those as I have accidentally broken wires.
    (I will attempt to fix almost anything that doesn't involve electricity or I can disable while working on whatever)

    When I got the machine back, the 4 positions for the feed dogs did not work and the pin had disappeared. The tech apparently knew nothing about the 4 positions and just set the cam so it wouldn't turn. That made me take the machine apart and fix it myself with the other half's help. There are screws, etc, that I can't undo with bad hands.

    I'll be taking the Juki into a shop I've dealt with for years for a literal cleaning. I followed the oiling schedule in posts and the manual, and there's oil all over the place. Lint, I can get.

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    Onebyone - My Brother is a Super Galaxie 3000 embroidery/sewing - also have a 4000. The front cover is all in one piece, with a couple of screws in the top where the cotton reel sits. Not sure about taking them out in case something inside is attached to them (bobbin winder etc as well), and no, I wouldn't want to mess with the turning wheel. They are also free-arm so taking off the bottom wouldn't help as the switch for the feed-dogs is on the free-arm.

    I did see a youtube video yesterday showing how to remove the front cover, different machine though.

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    The 1500 is a single stitch high speed mechanical machine. It's confusing since Brother uses the number 1500 for other models just by changing the prefix. The prefix for the Brother is PQ 1500.

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