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VFD

Veterinary Feed Directive

Governmental » FDA

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VSFA

Virginia State Feed Association

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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VFI

Voluntary Feed Intake

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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WTF

Watch Them Feed

Medical » Veterinary

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WAWD

We Also Walk Dogs

Business » General Business

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WDFS

West Dakota Feed and Seed

Business » Companies & Firms

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WDFS

West Dakota Feed and Seed

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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WCGF

Wet Corn Gluten Feed

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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WCGF

Wet Corn Gluten Feed

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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WCMF

Wet Corn Milling Feed

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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WTPD

White Tailed Prairie Dogs

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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WLDO

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Sports

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WHFG

Whole Herd Feed Gain

Miscellaneous » Unit Measures

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WGFX

Willard Grain and Feed

Regional » Railroads

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WGFX

Willard Grain and Feed Incorporated

Regional » Railroads

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WFS

Wire Feed Speed

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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WAGS

Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs, Inc.

Community » Non-Profit Organizations

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WNNF

World News Network Feed

Community » News & Media

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WODAC

World of Dogs and Cats

Miscellaneous » Dogs Related

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XFU

Xenon Feed Unit

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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YAFI

Yet Another Feed Importer

Miscellaneous » Unclassified

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YNF

Your News Feed

Community » News & Media

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ZFA

Zootechnical Feed Additives

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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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