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GDOA

Guide Dogs of America

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GDAF

Guide Dogs of America Foundation

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GCAFAGC

Guide Dogs of America Foundation Annual Golf Classic

Sports » Golf

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GDQ

Guide Dogs Queensland

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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GHAD

Guide hearing and assistance dogs

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GD

Gun Dogs

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HFC

High Feed Cutting

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HDFW

Highcharts Data Feed for Weewx

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HDB

Hot Dogs and Buns

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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HDCB

Hot Dogs and Cold Beer

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IDD

IED Detector Dogs

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IPWD

In Partnership With Dogs

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IFFL

Incoherent Feed Forward Loop

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INDIA

Indian Nation Dogs Ingest Apples

Miscellaneous » Funnies

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IDID

Inherited Diseases in Dogs

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IDF

Integrated Dual Feed

Academic & Science » Electronics

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IDF

Interim Data Feed

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IDTF

International Database Transport for Feed

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IFE

International Feed Expo

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IFSA

International Feed Safety Alliance

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IFSA

International Feed Safety Alliance

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IFIC

International Feed-In Cooperation

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IRF

Interrupted Return Feed

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IFB

Interruptible Feed Back

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IDCF

Isle of Dogs Community Foundation

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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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