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Thread: Question about Feed Dogs

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    Senior Member taiboo's Avatar
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    How do you lower Yours when you are FMQ? I have a kenmore machine and have NO IDEA how this is done.

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    There is usually some kind of lever that lowers them. :D:D:D

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    I have never seen an extra lever LOL

    Quote Originally Posted by amma
    There is usually some kind of lever that lowers them. :D:D:D

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    My machine has a large square button on the side that lowers the feed dogs. I think you can also put something over the feed dogs if your machine doesn't allow them to be lowered. I'm not sure what people have used, but I know I've read about it here on the board. Hopefully someone can tell us.

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    If your machine doesn't have a way to lower them you can take a piece of cardboard and tape it down to cover them. Use a 3 x 5 card or something of similar weight but without printing on it. (the ink can transfer to your quilt).

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    OK, so some machines DON'T lower them? Maybe mine is one of those...I don't know.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rachel
    My machine has a large square button on the side that lowers the feed dogs. I think you can also put something over the feed dogs if your machine doesn't allow them to be lowered. I'm not sure what people have used, but I know I've read about it here on the board. Hopefully someone can tell us.

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    Mine as a button/switch in the back of the machine.
    My older machine did not have that capability.

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    Which model do you have? I have 3...a 158.1430 a 158.1914 and a 385.1915. All three have drop feed capability. The first 2 are 70's mechanical and the last one is a 90's computerized. Maybe one of us members have the same model and can tell you exactly where it's at.

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    my Janome has a switch behind the feed dogs but i must remove the front storage part of the machine first to get to that switch.
    i must say i took a fmq class and was told not to lower my feed dogs. so you can do fmq without them down. it does depend on the fabric and batting i've found. so i've done fmq both ways.

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    Look all around the base part of the machine and then on the right side under the wheel. My switch is on the front but old machine was on the side. But if you noticed, some people have levers, some buttons, some on the front, others on the back. If you have a manual it should tell you, but I'm thinking maybe there isn't a manual?

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    I don't know your machine but mine are lowered by a lever on the front of the machine. Check your owners manual.

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    Mine says model 385.16231 ...does that help?

    Quote Originally Posted by Melinda in Tulsa
    Which model do you have? I have 3...a 158.1430 a 158.1914 and a 385.1915. All three have drop feed capability. The first 2 are 70's mechanical and the last one is a 90's computerized. Maybe one of us members have the same model and can tell you exactly where it's at.

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    FOUND IT....LOL...Looked at the manual...

    Thanks everyone :-)

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    I have a little plastic plate that fits over mine.

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    can you look in your manual and see if you can lower your feed dogs

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