Feed Dogs- metal or rubber?

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Are your feed dogs metal teeth or rubber bar type?
Just curious which is better for general purpose sewing.
Thanks,
Joy

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The only home sewing machine ever to have the rubber feed dog was the Singer
touch and swear. In most cases they can be replaced with metal ones once
they wear off and the will.
They were made like that as in the late 60's and 70's with all that shiny
disco fabric some genius thought it would work better. Not so needed now a
days.

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Re: Feed Dogs- metal or rubber?
Hi Ron,
    I sew for dancers and skaters....and you might say with many
similar shiny, fancy "disco-type" fabrics.
The only machine I have known is the Touch and Sew and I LOVE it...but
as I wrote in a previous thread....it is becoming unreliable (skipped
stitches on the zig-zag and the bobbin isn't always winding - urgh!)
So I was considering the Bernina 1008 as Kate recommended...but then
saw the Singer Commercial Grade CG590 or even the basic Singer HD110.
They are more metal than the Bernina and less expensive for comparable
features.
Those feed dog teeth won't damage silks, sequined fabrics, satin,
lycras and stretch mesh  etc. .....will they?
What do you think?  
Joy

On Fri, 03 Feb 2006 21:31:59 GMT, "Ron Anderson"

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Joy Hardie wrote:

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The metal teeth on my machines have never damaged the sequins and stuff
or the gold lame that I have sewn.  For some more delicate foil prints
you might like to use the old trick of strips of Izal!  :)

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KAte,
What is Izal?  I use the pieces of pattern tissue that are not printed on
(the pieces between the pattern pieces)

Kirsten Sollie



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Kirsten H. Sollie wrote:

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Otherwise known as Government Unsinkable loo roll!  ;P

Looks and feels like rolls of tracing paper, it's medicated torture for
the bum, but perfect for sewing if the rolls are sliced about an inch wide.

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Joy Hardie wrote:

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All 12 of mine, sergers, broken Cub 8, and working machines from 1090 to
1999, have metal feed dogs.  I've never seen one with rubber ones.

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That's so different....I never knew there were any  other than rubber.
Joy

On Fri, 03 Feb 2006 23:30:30 +0000, Kate Dicey

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I have several, about 9 machines that have or had rubber feed dogs.
Most are the 700 or 900 series.  They were great when new but did
deteriorate over time.  Some are still in excellent shape and I do
like them for delicates and some heavy weight fabrics too.  But most I
have since replaced with metal ones because of the rubber falling
apart.  You can still get replacement ones though , often on ebay and
not expensive either.
They are very nice for delicate fabrics.  

Here is a source for replacement rubbers

http://sewingmachine221sale.bizland.com/store/page72.html

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Yes but expensive


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The only plastic ones I've seen are those on the HV walking foot - and
they are almost as hard as the metal ones!  :)

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