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GCAFAGC

Guide Dogs of America Foundation Annual Golf Classic

Sports » Golf

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EURL-GMFF

European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed

Governmental

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GMFF

Genetically Modified Food and Feed

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VSF

Variable Speed Feed

Computing » Hardware

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PFU

Paper Feed Unit

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CFS

Continuous Feed System

Computing » Hardware

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FSR

Feed Speed Rate

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MPFM

Micro-Propulsion Feed Module

Computing » Hardware

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FIRE

Feed Intake Recording Equipment

Medical » Hospitals

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ND

No Dogs

Community » Housing & Amenities

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FFGI

Food and Feed Grain Institute

Governmental » Institutes

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FFGI

Food and Feed Grains Institute

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IFIC

International Feed-In Cooperation

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IFSA

International Feed Safety Alliance

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IFE

International Feed Expo

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ASDI

Anatolian Shepherd Dogs International

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GWTD

Gone With The Dogs

Internet

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NFO

News Feed Optimization

Internet

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JAFS

Journal of Animal and Feed Sciences

Miscellaneous » Journals

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ZFA

Zootechnical Feed Additives

Medical » Laboratory

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PSD

Police Security Dogs

Governmental » Law & Legal

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FBMU

Feed Block Manufacturing Units

Miscellaneous » Manufacturing

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MDF

Mad Dogs Forever

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BFW

Boiler Feed Water

Academic & Science » Mechanics

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DF

Direct Feed

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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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