The term "dropfeed" comes from the action of the feed dogs in the sewing machine that "drop" out of the way when the needle comes down. This orbital action is used most commonly on household style machines, most garment style machines and a lot of other machines like overlock machines (serger) and Interlock machines (coverhem).
While this is the most common style of machine, it works well on light and medium weight materials.
Inexpensive and common to produce
Minimal parts to the feed mechanism
Works well for most garment weight materials.
Multiple layers of materials can cause uneven feeding
Not commonly used for heavy weight materials
Not appropriate for leather work or upholstery
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