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Puckering lower fabric when adding piping

I am using the old Elna jubilee (20 years old or more) that gave my daughter and don't remember how to lower the feed dogs. I am trying to do piping on a crib bumper and the bottom fabric is feeding in too quickly and puckering. How can I make the fabric feed more evenly. It is 2 layers of cotton with a corduroy piping in the middle thanks so much Karen

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