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How do I operate the differential feed? I bought

How do I operate the differential feed? I bought this serger used without a manual. It works great, I would just like to have a manual to learn how to work the differential feed.

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The differential feed is usually on the right side, you will see a some numbers. Their should be one that sticks out (might be red, The letter "N", "0", or a line) This is the normal setting. A larger number is going to gather the fabric and a smaller (.99 and below) is going to stretch.

Hope that helps :)
Chris

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