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Elna carina electronic + duplex sewing machine cam problem

I have a elna carina electronic + duplex sewing machine. When I use the cams the machine will not reverse to complete the stitch. I love my machine - help!

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Posted on Jan 02, 2017

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SOURCE: Elna Carina Zig'Zag Stitch Issue

Over time, and especially when not used, there is a likelihood of dust and old oil forming a sort of glue, or clag....

Remove the needle for safety, then, when you have the setting on Zig zag, gently push the needle arm to the opposite side of the zig stitch.......release the needle arm, and if it springs back quickly, it is fine, if it moves slowly, or almost not at all, then the clag needs removing with application of few drops of methylated spirit to start, at the sort of piston affair that shifts needle arm L & R .....move the needle arm back & forth until it frees up, a drop of oil to finish.........if almost seized, may require leaving overnight after using a penetrating lubricant if it is really resistant....I have had them on the bench for 3 days with manual manipulation a few times each day before they finally come good.

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Posted on Feb 01, 2008

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Tally Girl
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I have the same model, have you turned the first knob on left, the stitch selector, to the stitch you want? Then turn the middle knob, the stitch width to "4". Use the colour guide marks shown in the little picture on left of the knobs so you are dialing up the right settings. So for the zig zag, elastic blind hem, scallop, overcasting and multi-stretch stiches, 1-6 on the diagram you'll be setting the left knob to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively and the stitch width and length knobs to "green", you can vary the length and width to suit what you want.

Then for the cams, you need to set everything zero, turn stitch selector to 7, the cam setting. then turn the width to orange again (3-4) and the stitch lenth selector to the orange setting, right around the knob. This engages the "Elnagraph" the device under the flap on top of the machine to read the discs. Basically the green stitches the needle is swinging from side to side while the feed dogs move the fabric forward, making your zig zags, blind hems etc.
But when you engage the Elna graph, the machine matches stiches by moving the fabric "forward and backwards at certain times, while the needle does its thing from side to side. This is what makes elastic or stretchy type stitches because you are putting "stretch" into the seam by sewing forwards and backwards.

Please note: always turn your stitch width and length back to Zero BEFORE you make any changes to the left knob and select a new stitch as this saves on wear and tear to the moving parts in these wonderful machines.

I do hope this assists you and I haven't just told you stuff you already knew!

Posted on Mar 02, 2011

Tally Girl
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SOURCE: Machine Elna Supermatic 722010

tally_girl_2.jpg I don't suppose it would be so simple as setting the wheel inside the elnagraph to "A" to engage the automatic stitches? I've done it myself once or twice LOL.

Posted on Mar 03, 2011

Tally Girl
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SOURCE: my Elna Carina 65 doesn't feed fabric . I've

Is it possible that you've lowered the feed dogs and not raised them again? Is the stitch length dial set to 2.5 and not on a buttonhole blue setting or the Automatic "A" setting?

Posted on Mar 27, 2011

Tally Girl
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SOURCE: Does anyone know of a cam to use in an Elna Carina

I am certain that we demonstrated this stitch with voile or hankerchief linen and using a wing needle and fine silk thread or rayon machine embroidery thread with the turkish hemstitch cam, cam number 140.

For the non heirloom sewers out there entredeaux looks like this.

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Here is disc 140in the Elna discs sampler flyer
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I am a member of the yahoo newsgroup called "Elna Heirlooms" and the following image was contributed by a member. I believe that members also list any Elna items they may wish to sell.

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Or you could contact White sewing centre to order this cam if you don't already have it.
www.whitesewingcenter.com

If you find these images are just too small, feel free to email me on cwrogers@tpg.com.au and I'll send you the jpgs.

Posted on Jul 13, 2011

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I am certain that we demonstrated this stitch with voile or hankerchief linen and using a wing needle and fine silk thread or rayon machine embroidery thread with the turkish hemstitch cam, cam number 140.

For the non heirloom sewers out there entredeaux looks like this.

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I am a member of the yahoo newsgroup called "Elna Heirlooms" and the following image was contributed by a member. I believe that members also list any Elna items they may wish to sell.

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There are single cams where the needle just moves ffrom side to side while the fabric moves forward. And double cams where the needle moves from side to side while the feed dogs move the fabric forward and backwards to get a combination stitch. The trick is to get the Elnagraph to engage so the arm in it can "read" off the disc.

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