|My Sewing Machine Isn’t Feeding My Fabric/
My Fabric Isn’t Moving Forward
Sewing Information, Advice, How-to
Check your feed dogs* for lint
If your feed dogs are clogged with lint, they're not gripping
your fabric properly. Remove your presser foot and clean
out any lint with an old toothbrush.
Raise your feed dogs
If your machine has this function. They may have been
Check your stitch length regulator
If it’s set at “0” or a very small number, try switching to a
longer stitch length.
Change your needle
Check your needle plate
Make sure it’s securely in place.
Use a “Jean-a-ma-jig” or a “Hump-jumper”
If you’re trying to sew over a bump of fabric, such as a thick
jean hem, try using this tool (your local fabric store should
carry it). It keeps your presser foot level as you sew over
the bump and gives your feed dogs something to grip.
*Your feed dogs are the little teeth that stick up beyond your needle plate.
Try these fixes:
Check your fabric
Make sure it isn’t caught on something.
Check your presser foot
Make sure it’s screwed tightly in place.
Adjust the pressure of your presser foot
It may be too light or too heavy for your