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LF

Line Feed

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FT

Feed Through

Academic & Science » Electronics

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CRLF

Carriage Return Line Feed

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FF

Form Feed

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GDBA

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

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DOA

Dogs On Acid

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AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials

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AFIA

American Feed Industry Association

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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AFIA

American Feed Industry Association

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RFV

Relative Feed Value

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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NGFA

National Grain and Feed Association

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DOW

Dogs Of War

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PADS

People and Dogs Society

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ADI

Assistance Dogs International

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FMB

Feed My Brain

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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RDH

Rabid Dogs of Hell

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ASD

Action for Singapore Dogs

Medical » Veterinary

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GDB

Guide Dogs for the Blind

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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GDA

Guide Dogs of America

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FMSC

Feed My Starving Children

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DF

Dual Feed

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PFU

Paper Feed Unit

Computing » Hardware

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TDI

Therapy Dogs International

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FTC

Feed The Children

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FD

Feed Directory

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Feed dogs
Feed dogs are the critical component of a "drop feed" sewing machine. A set of feed dogs typically resembles two or three short, thin metal bars, crosscut with diagonal teeth, which move back and forth in slots in a sewing machine's needle plate. Their purpose is to pull the fabric through the machine, in discrete steps, in-between stitches. This arrangement is called "drop feed" in reference to the way the dogs drop below the needle plate when returning for the next stroke. Allen B. Wilson invented it during the time period 1850 to 1854, while also developing the rotary hook. Wilson called it a "four-motion feed", in reference to the four movements the dogs perform during one full stitch: up into the fabric, back to pull the fabric along to the next stitch, down out of the fabric and below the needle plate, and then forward to return to the starting position. Virtually all drop-feed sewing machines can vary their stitch length; this is typically controlled by a lever or dial on the front of the machine. They are usually also capable of pulling the fabric backwards, to form a backstitch.

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