It is the part under the needle plate, where the teeth are used to move it forward. It is the feeder mechanism which is typically used to pull fabric through a sewing mechanism. A set of feed dogs looks like two or three short, think metal bars, crosscut with diagonal furrows, which move back and forth in grooves slightly larger than the bars. The type of motion used serves to pull the fabric through, since the “dogs” are in contact with the material on the forward stroke, and then are pulled back down below the main plate on the backward stroke by the sewing machine’s mechanism. The result is that the fabric is pulled along in slight steps.
Design your own dresses with the latest special price technique kit.
Check out these new costume sewing patterns for the whole family!
Member Project of the Week
EstherMarguerite modified this halter style with straps and a fun Hawaiian print.
4 weekly drawings, including a Grand Prize valued at more than $4,000!
Sign up for Meg Healy's tailoring course, now until 10/7.
You must allow our "request for permission" request to login to Burdastyle with Facebook.