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Personalized Data Feed

Computing » General Computing

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PROUD

Pet Rescue Of Unwanted Dogs

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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PETS

PEt Travel Scheme (proposed new import regulations for cats and dogs entering the UK)

Medical » Veterinary

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PUD

Pick Up Dogs

Medical » Veterinary

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PFD

Pink Fuzzy Dogs

Miscellaneous » Funnies

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PSD

Police Security Dogs

Governmental » Law & Legal

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PWDS

Portuguese Water Dogs

International » Portuguese

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PWDS

Portuguese Water Dogs

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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PWD

Portuguese Water Dogs

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PFIT

Premium Feed In Tariff

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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PFIF

Project Feed It Forward

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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RDH

Rabid Dogs of Hell

Computing » Gaming

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RCAD

Raining Cats And Dogs

Miscellaneous » Funnies

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RADAR

Raising Aid for Dogs At Risk

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RASFF

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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READ

Reading Education Assistance Dogs

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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RTF

Ready to Feed

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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RDW

Real Dogs Work

Governmental » US Government

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RFV

Relative Feed Value

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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REFIT

Renewable Energy Feed in Tariff

Governmental » Energy

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RFF

Required Form Feed

Computing » General Computing

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RDR

Reservoir Dogs Run

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RPF

Reverse Power Feed

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RMRD

Rocky Mountain Rescue Dogs

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RAFF

Rotary Acceleration Feed Forward

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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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