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GMFF

Genetically Modified Food and Feed

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GCF

Genium Consolidated Feed

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GSD

German Shepherd Dogs

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GSSD

German Shepherd Search Dogs

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GTTD

Going to the Dogs

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GATD

Gone are the Dogs

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GTTD

Gone to the Dogs

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GWTD

Gone With The Dogs

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GTFS

Google Transit Feed Specification

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GTFS

Google Transit Feed Specifications

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GAFTA

Grain And Feed Trade Association

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GBDFA

Great Big Dogs Fight Animals

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GPAD

Great Plains Assistance Dogs

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GPADF

Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation

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GPADFI

Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation, Inc.

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GPD

Great Plains Dogs

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GHSD

Greater Houston Search Dogs

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GAHD

Greatest American Hot Dogs

Internet » Websites

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GAHD

Greatest American Hot Dogs

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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GDAB

Guide Dogs Association of the Blind

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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GDB

Guide Dogs for the

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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GDB

Guide Dogs for the Blind

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GDFB

Guide Dogs for the Blind

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GDBA

Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

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GDA

Guide Dogs of America

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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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