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How to change lightbulb in Air Electronic SU TSP Jubilee 500 and Carinas

If you own an Elna Air Electronic and blow a lightbulb then here is the instructions to change it. The lightbulb will be a bayonet fitting 15w but maybe remove old one first to make sure you get the right length bulb at the shop.

Firstly unplug the machine. Take your mini screwdriver that came in your kit and look at the top of the machine above the needle. There is a little hole there, put the screwdriver into the hole and push down on it, this lowers the bulb holder in the head of the machine down below the casing on a slant towards the back of the sewing bed, its spring loaded so you may need a second pair of hands to do it the first time.

Hold the screwdriver down, and grasp the bulb, push it up and twist anticlockwise to undo the bayonet fitting. Push down and repeat the process to insert the new bulb, turning clockwise to insert it into the bayonet fitting. Release the screwdriver and the bulb holder will retract back into position.

If you have a Stella air electronic then it is very similar except for the location where you need to push. On the Stella look at the rear of the machine head above the bobbin cover and you will see a little slide mounted right at the end of the rear casing. Same thing but for these, put the screwdriver across the top of the slide horizontally, then push down on it to lower the bulb mounting.

That's it! Happy sewing.

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How do you change the light?


what model is this for?

On the Air electronic SU and Carina there is a little hole in the top that you put your mini screw driver into and push down - this pushes the light socket down so you can access the bulb, bayonet 15W fitting.
tally_girl_57.jpg On the Stellas it is similar retracting light socket but there is a little lever on the back of the machine head that you need to push down, use screwdriver across it to give leverage.

Jul 25, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Can you please tell me how to replace the light? Thank you.


If this is an air electronic then there is a little lever on the side of the head of the machine, that you push down with your screwdriver to bring the lightbulb socket down inside the head.

It is spring loaded so takes a bit of strength, or a second pair of hands sometimes to manage it.

If yours isn't an air electronic please comment with the model and I'll try to help.

Jun 01, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Can't replace the bulb in my Elna air electronic SU


Disconnect from electricity and ensure the bulb has cooled down (or if blown for a while, no problems).

Using your screwdriver, press down into a hole on the top of the case to make the bulb protude below the casing. Bayonet socket, push in and turn towards the back to remove bulb. tally_girl_5.jpg Reverse the process to insert new bulb (15W maximum).
Bulb is inclined as per diagbram above.

Feb 19, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Cannot get to the lightbulb on an Elna SU sewing machine to chang


On the left hand side of the machine on the end cap.

Changing the Light Bulb
The sewing light is located behind the face plate.
UNPLUG THE MACHINE. Wait until the bulb is COOL before you touch it!
1 2 3 Remove screw cap , screw and face plate .
To remove: pull out bulb from socket.
To replace: insert bulb into socket.
Attach face plate and insert screw and screw cap.
NOTE: Replace bulb with same type rated 12V, 5W.

I hope this helps. Don't forget to rate my answer.

Jan 31, 2009 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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