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What does the differential feed do?

I have my MIL's Eclipse serger and am wondering what the purpose of the differential feed is. I have read through the manual, though I find it very confusing, pictures and text don't match up on the correct page. It really is just a sloppy photocopy.
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Get a basic book on serging from your library. The higher the #, the feed dogs infront feed fabric in faster, keeping knits, etc from stretching. It can also gather if you go to the highest #. A slightly lower # the N can be used for slippery fabrics because it slows the front feed dogs, but be careful because it can stretch and ruin the fabric. I have only once needed the lower # for a really slippery chiffon. Start on scraps and experiemnt. It's not used very often unless you sew daily or professionally.

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