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IDCF

Isle of Dogs Community Foundation

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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BHBD

Big Heart for Big Dogs

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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BHBD

Big Hearts for Big Dogs

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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LDB

Leader Dogs for the Blind

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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SSD

Susquehanna Service Dogs

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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DDA

Dogs for Disabled Americans

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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DFD

Dogs For the Deaf

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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FSO

Feed Schemes Observatory

Miscellaneous » Observatories

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GAFTA

Grain And Feed Trade Association

Business » Professional Organizations

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AFIA

American Feed Industry Association

Business » Professional Organizations

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AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials

Business » Professional Organizations

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MGFA

Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Business » Professional Organizations

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NGFA

National Grain and Feed Association

Business » Professional Organizations

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FUL

Feed Unit for Lactation

Medical » Physiology

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FTF

Failure To Feed

Governmental » Police

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PWDS

Portuguese Water Dogs

International » Portuguese

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FF

Force Feed

Medical » Prescription

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MFP

Main Feed Pump

Business » Products

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OFS

Over Feed Stop

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SDCX

Consolidated Minerals Incorporated Feed Supplement Division

Regional » Railroads

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WGFX

Willard Grain and Feed Incorporated

Regional » Railroads

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WGFX

Willard Grain and Feed

Regional » Railroads

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FHL

Feed His Lambs

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NSFD

National School For Dogs

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CSFD

Companion School For Dogs

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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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