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Steamer on Elna press electronic

I Inherited an Elna Press Electronic without a manual. How does the steam/vapor gadget work. How does it heat up? It does not seem to engage when I turn the machine on.

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If you go to... http://www.elnausa.com/ and under contact us they may be able to help you with a manual and if your press is working.

Posted on Sep 27, 2008

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    The Vapourjet has no electrical components, it is a spray attachment, fill it, slide it onto the handle, then give its handle a squeeze to put a spray of water over your garment, then close the press, with both handles on the handles, one handle to pull it down, the other handle to close and apply the pressure - you need to hold it firmly as the spring is applying 27Kgs pressure and it will go down quickly if you don't. You only need to close it for 2-3 seconds then open and move the garment to next piece to press.
    The neat thing about the vapour jet is you just slide it on and off the handle, fill it from the tap and there is no element or tank to descale. Take care of it, they cost $175 to replace the vapourjet alone.
    The other thing with these, is that the foam on the board will go flat and should be replaced periodically. You can buy 10mm foam just so long as it is suitable for high temps and cut your own piece. And you can make new covers easily, just draw a pattern off the existing cover, and run one up, use 1" wide bias binding for the drawstring casing and some cotton for the cover. Or there are traders on Ebay who sell the covers and foam too.
    The best way to iron a business shirt on these is in the following sequence: hold each corner of the back yoke and lay it across the board and press, then hold shirt by collar, take two sleeves in other hand and place the body of the shirt at the back of the press in the gap to the rear, collar and sleeves to the right and keep the sleeves right out of the way. Now bring the front of the shirt onto the board and press, then move the shirt towards you, pressing each section. So front, under arm, back in two goes, under other arm, then other front. Now press each sleeve, then collar and your done. It takes a bit to get used to it but once you find a rhythm and technique for each garment you'll speed through the ironing. I do the school shirts in about 1 min each. Lastly, if you are ironing the whole basket, start with nylons and the dial on lowest setting, then iron all the low temp items, them move up to the wools and turn up the heat, and finish with cottons and linens. This way you are heating the press up to max temp as you iron and don't need to turn it down then wait for the shoe to cool. They are highly effective for pressing and as there is no electrical bits in the board, you can even pin pleats into the foam to hold them. And its fantastic if you sew for attaching interfacing, just put a piece of waste fabric down first, then your pieces to interface, then interfacing on top, sticky side down and press for 10 secs then check bond.
    I see these a lot on Ebay; I think people don't learn how to use the press but I love mine, so much better to sit down and iron with one, and you don't do any work other than opening and closing it. Lovely.

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