Kenmore Feed Dog Problem

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I have a Kenmore 385.1249280 sewing machine that is around 25 years old or
so.  It used to work great until one day the feed dogs stopped grabbing the
material.  They no longer come above the level of the needle plate.  They
rotate and go back and forth, they just don't come over the needle plate to
grab the material.  I have the original manual and have tried every setting
in the book to no avail.  The feed dogs will not come above the plate.  I
also called a few sewing machine repair places and they want over $100 just
to take a look at it.  Is there any way to adjust the feed dogs so that they
work like they used to?  Thanks in advance for any help provided.
Joe


Re: Kenmore Feed Dog Problem
It's possible you popped some setting that keeps the feed dogs down.
Can you look for that specifically?

There's a Yahoo group called Wefixit that is chock full of people who
fix their own sewing machines, and they could probably help you.

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Is it possible that it has a mechanism to drop the feed dogs for darning?
Many  sewing machines have a mechanism (a dial or switch of some sort) which
allows you to drop the feed dogs so that you can do darning.  When the
mechanism has beeen activated the feed dogs drop down and will still move
backwards and forwards in just the manner you describe.  Have a look in your
manual and see if there is a section on darning and see if it mentions such
a mechanism.



Re: Kenmore Feed Dog Problem
I used to sew on a neighbors Kenmore and I believe the thing that lowered
the feed dogs was on the machine bed right close to the  the stitch lenth.
Maybe it was a lever that you flipped side to side.
Barbara in FL



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Check to be sure you have not activated the drop feed. Also clean out
between the feed dogs.
If that does not help, there is a screw with a jam nut accessible from the
under side to adjust the feed dog height.



Re: Kenmore Feed Dog Problem

Is the feed moving at all?  

.... try removing the needle plate as there may be a gunk build up
there preventing the feed dogs from reaching as high as they should.

-Irene

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Re: Kenmore Feed Dog Problem
I played around with the machine a little more and the Feed lifting
rock shaft crank (according to the Sears parts breakdown) may have
been sticking. I pulled on the spring and shaft assembly and it
moved. I seems that the shaft end goes into the feed dog assembly
and when it is engaged it does indeed lift up on the feed dog
assembly.

One question: It appears that where this goes into the feed dog
assembly it may have some sort of lubricant on it. This is not one
of the lubrication points in the manual. It almost looks like it may
have some moly type of grease but it could just be dirty oil. I
exercised the mechanism and it seems to move a little better now but
my question is what type of lubrication if any should I use on this
piece?

Once again, thanks for all of your help in the group!
Joe

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Joe, I use what my local dealer uses to free-up sewing machines which
have been stored for years. It penetrates like wd-40 or penetrating oil,
but leaves behind a nice lubricating film. It is Tri-FLow with teflon.
He doesn't recommend wd-40, which is the usual approach, since it gums
things up in time.  JPBill

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It may indeed be grease - if so get some Tri-flo grease with teflon.
Great stuff.

First, though, use something like PB Blaster or Tri-flo penetrating
lubricant and try to clean all the old stuff out so you can figure out
what it is and prevent the sticking from continuing :)

-Irene  

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