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GPADF

Great Plains Assistance Dogs Foundation

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WNNF

World News Network Feed

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DCR

Dogs Can Run

Miscellaneous » Funnies

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SDA

Service Dogs for America

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GDAF

Guide Dogs of America Foundation

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SGD

SouthEastern Guide Dogs, Incorporated

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AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials

Miscellaneous » Food & Nutrition

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UGD

Upstate Guide Dogs

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FCI

Feed Certification Institute

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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FHL

Feed His Lambs

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FIC

Feed Information Centre

Miscellaneous » Farming & Agriculture

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WAGS

Wisconsin Academy for Graduate Service Dogs, Inc.

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SOSD

Save Our Street Dogs

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LNF

Low Noise Feed

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ABDCH

Association of British Dogs' and Cats' Homes

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FOAD

Feed Our Adorable Dolphins

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AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials

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SDCX

Consolidated Minerals Incorporated Feed Supplement Division

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IRF

Interrupted Return Feed

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EFIC

European Feed Information Centre

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AAFCO

Association of American Feed Control Officials

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FIM

Feed In Model

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DDA

Dogs for Disabled Americans

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GDOA

Guide Dogs of America

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GPD

Great Plains Dogs

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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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