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IFFL

Incoherent Feed Forward Loop

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FTND

Feed The Need In Durham

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SAFF

Self Adjusting Feed Forward

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MDHD

Mad Dawg's Hot Dogs

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ECAD

East Coast Assistance Dogs

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UAD

Ultimate Air Dogs

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FMLI

Feed My Lambs International

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BOLD

Brotherhood of Lost Dogs

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FFB

Frequency Feed Back

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FIT

Feed-In Tariff

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LGD

Livestock Guardian Dogs

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ADW

Assistance Dogs of the West

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HDB

Hot Dogs and Buns

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FMSM

Feed My Sheep Ministries

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SOSD

Save Our Small DOGS

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FFD

Feed Forward Driving

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FCR

Feed Conversion Rate

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GDB

Guide Dogs for the

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TADD

Termite and Ant Detection Dogs

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LDFS

Lipper Data Feed Services

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DDF

Digital Data Feed

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RTF

Ready to Feed

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IDTF

International Database Transport for Feed

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DFL

Dogs For Life

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PROUD

Pet Rescue Of Unwanted Dogs

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What does feed dogs mean?

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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