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Posted on: 2/22/12 12:15 PM
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This is kind of a 'duh' tip, but the answer was nowhere to be found in my lengthy sewing machine manual, so I thought I'd post it in case anyone else runs across this problem.

If your fabric doesn't feed through your machine & you've tried starting & re-starting it & double checking every other obvious thing, make sure your feed dogs are up.

I almost never ever (as in maybe once a year at most) lower my feed dogs. And if you're like me & you don't always clean up after you've been sewing into the wee hours of the night, you might forget to raise your feed dogs back up. Then the next time you sew you might not remember that you ever lowered them in the first place & could spend an hour tearing out your hair.

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Annie- oh said... (2/26/12 8:10 PM) Reply
hahah: one time I paid a mechanic $25 to tell me nothing was wrong with the gas gauge of DH's car I'd been driving and why the hood kept coming partially unlatched. Only to learn later that I'd been releasing the hood in the same place MY car had the gas cap release and MY car showed gasoline level where....anyway, apparently we all manage anyway, hair pulling and all, huh?
Annie- oh said... (2/26/12 8:10 PM) Reply
hahah: one time I paid a mechanic $25 to tell me nothing was wrong with the gas gauge of DH's car I'd been driving and why the hood kept coming partially unlatched. Only to learn later that I'd been releasing the hood in the same place MY car had the gas cap release and MY car showed gasoline level where....anyway, apparently we all manage anyway, hair pulling and all, huh?
Ginger S. said... (2/23/12 8:27 AM) Reply
It's the stuff you don't expect (or remember), especially before that cup of coffee that can drive us nuts.... :). I'd probably take it to the repairman and he'd discover what I did....
Alice said... (2/22/12 4:58 PM) Reply
I know how that goes! I was only this morning tearing out my hair when I couldn't locate my remote control. I'd put it somewhere so I'd remember to fix it, yeah, like I really did remember. There it was, right on the railing at the top of the steps....so I'd know where it was, grrr. Guess I've gotten old!
 
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