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Date: 11/7/12 11:13 PM

I have a singer 774 and it is gathering the thread/material when it sews. I try to sew a straight seam with the fabric folded and it pulls the material up like it is gathering it. I got it out to see if it works( purchased a good while back and couldn't remember what was wrong with it). Any suggestions?? Appreciate any replies and thanks.
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Date: 11/8/12 0:17 AM

I believe these machines have rubber feed dogs; my 778 does, and it was doing the same thing until I replaced them with a newer set.

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Date: 11/8/12 5:53 AM

Miss Fairchild are you talking about the Touch and Sew 778. If so you are the first person I know to have one besides me. I got mine new back in the mid 70's.

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Date: 11/8/12 2:58 PM

Thank you. I will check this out. Was it very expensive to have done?

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Date: 11/8/12 7:18 PM

The very same! I had one I purchased about 12 years ago, and sold it. Then I came across this one about two years ago and want to keep it. She's a honey!

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Date: 11/8/12 7:20 PM

It wasn't expensive at all; I could put them in myself. But if you buy them, rather than have your SMG buy them and charge a higher price, then give them to the SMG when you take it in for service, it shouldn't cost you much; it takes just a few minutes to do, and he/she has to adjust them anyway for a tuneup. I had to do the same on my 626, with metal feed dogs. The feed dogs literally broke in two (they were that old!) and I couldn't use them; so I bought a set and put it in myself. Simple flat end screw driver.

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Date: 11/9/12 10:44 PM

My 774 has metal feed dogs. So I'm back to square one I guess. My 750 has rubber feed dogs but they aren't moving at all. I picked it up last yr I think for $5.00. Which one of these would be the best to get fixed?

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Date: 11/10/12 2:25 AM

I would guess that the 750 needs a good cleaning with the feed dogs removed. There are probably a lot of thread goobers in there, preventing the feed dogs from moving; you should have seen the ones in my 778! That machine had NEVER been cleaned! The rubber feed dogs seem to make the machine quieter.

The problem with the 774 might still be the feed dogs; they might be worn out--enough that they aren't grabbing the fabric properly. The machine is still moving, which tells me the gears are okay, but I could be wrong. And I believe you can buy rubber feed dogs for this machine; at least the SMG where I got mine asked which set I wanted--metal or rubber.
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Date: 11/10/12 4:14 AM

I don't know that much about working on these machines but I will check out the 750 as you suggested. I'd like to get at least one of them going if not both. I need manuals for them. Need to see if I can locate some free ones online. Which do you think would be the better machine? I have a 600 and a 500a Rockateer. I love the 500. I am letting my daughter use the 600.

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