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Feed Dogs Not Feeding Thick Fabric?

The feed dogs are working fine, but the project I'm working on won't feed through while sewing. The project is a little thick, but no thicker than the hem on a pair of jeans. I have tried sewing with the presser foot down as well as up to see if that would help, and the feeding teeth still won't pull the project through. I have a Brother LX-3125.

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You may need to adjust the feed dog tension - consult your owner's manual for step-by-step instructions to do this.

If your machine isn't equipped with adjustable feed dogs, you may need to try a specialty presser foot. The right one will depend on the type of fabric - if a 'shiny' fabric you may need a roller or teflon foot (two different types that do the same work but are used on slightly different types of fabric).

For thick cotton/blends or if trying to use a thick plush or fleece, a walking foot will usually work well to keep the fabric feeding through the machine.

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Specialty feet meet the needs of different fabrics to work with the feed dogs to move the fabric through the needle smoothly and evenly. You can usually find them in the notions section of most sewing centres, or online - I get a lot of mine at AmazonUK but the same specialty feet are available (usually) from most online sewing supply shops or directly from the machine maker (for best compatibility).

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