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MDHD

Mad Dawg's Hot Dogs

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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MDF

Mad Dogs Forever

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MFD

Main FeeD

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MFP

Main Feed Pump

Business » Products

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MDDB

Malaysian Dogs Deserve Better

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MODAY

Many Odd Dogs Ate Yams

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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MDRD

Mason Dixon Rescue Dogs

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MFKR

Mate Feed Kill Repeat

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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MFA

Medicated Feed Application number

Governmental » FDA

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MTFD

Micmac Teaching For Dogs

Business » Companies & Firms

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MPFM

Micro-Propulsion Feed Module

Computing » Hardware

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MID

Mildly Intrigued Dogs

Miscellaneous » Animals

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MGFA

Minnesota Grain and Feed Association

Business » Professional Organizations

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MADD

Mothers Against Dumb Dogs

Internet » Chat

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MDKB

My Dogs Killed Batman

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NAFPP

National Animal Feed Ports Panel

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NCDL

National Canine Defence League (obsolete: now Dogs Trust)

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NFML

National Feed Mill Limited

Business » Companies & Firms

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NFO

National Feed Organization

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NGFA

National Grain and Feed Association

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NGFA

National Grain and Feed Association

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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NGFA

National Grain and Feed Association

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NSFD

National School For Dogs

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NSFD

National School For Dogs

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NFN

Need to Feed the Need

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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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