My Sewing Machine Isn’t Feeding My Fabric/
My Fabric Isn’t Moving Forward
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
    inadvertently lowered.

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

    It may be damaged.

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
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Still having problems?

Try visiting your
sewing machine manufacturer's website. They may have a troubleshooting
guide specific to your machine.

Also, you may want to try posting your question on one of the many
sewing forums.
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