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I am looking for a foot control for my Elna Air Electronic SP. Can you help?

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  • Anonymous Apr 01, 2009

    I also need a foot control for an Elna Air Electronic - my one is the orange and white model.

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    Jeremy May 11, 2010

    What's the model number of your machine?


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436410-20 is the number for your foot control(air electronic) any repair shop should be able to obtain one of these for less than $50.As an alternate,you can use a Singer Replacement 979583-003

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Electronic foot control on My Elna free arm model SU is not getting power to the machine from the electronic foot control. The light comes on, but the control will not provide power to the machine.

take the foot control in to a sewing machine repair shop and have it tested
earlier models were a simple resistance variation but later models are electronic control
it could be a simple broke connection in the control

Sep 04, 2016 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Elna Carina has an air electronic foot controller, so you need to firstly check the air line coming from the round air pedal has no holes, is not crimped or squashed under the chair leg. Hold the plug end against your hand or cheek, squeeze the round bulb and see if you can feel a puff of air coming from it. If no, then check the air control black membrane for a hole, ditto the air line hose. You can still buy parts from for these Elna Carina Electronic 66 Parts . If the line and foot pedal are sound, then the problem lies on the internal actuator which is inside the right side panel of the machine. You can remove this panel by undoing two screws on the side (disconnect from power first!)
The panel will remain connected to the machine body by some cables, you may be able to check out the actuator and see if it is faulty. If its just a tiny hole in it, it might be repairable with a drop of superglue. For parts/service in the USA, Whites Sewing Center is the Swiss Elna specialist, and they may have spare parts in stock.

Feb 09, 2015 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How do i fix a n elna su that will not stop after releasing the foot pedal

I'm guessing this is an Elna air electronic SU? If yes, then the problem is with the diagram inside the right side of the machine where your air control foot pedal tube feeds in. I havent' done this repair myself, I took mine to my favourite sewing machine technician. But if you are technically able, try joining the Yahoo Group called Elna Heirlooms, and then go through the threads there, there's been discussion on this repair before.

Dec 21, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Have inherited my mom's elna Stella tsp air electronic. The foot control became harder to press, then stopped working. Elna want ZAR858 for a new part! Can I repair it?

Im confused, Stella TSP air electronic has a round black and white air foot with a black air line to the side of the machine like this.


or the earlier Lotus TSP has a electric foot and cable which is made of older style plastics, these are harder to find now but carry an aftermarket one like this

No, not cheap parts but beautiful machines that with TLC work so well.

Mar 23, 2013 | Elna Sewing Machines

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You can get parts on line at But if you are in USA then White Sewing Center is the guru for all Swiss Elna parts. The air foot is just a air bulb and line so first check it for split or holes, often the chair leg may catch it. Great machine to own, I have 2!

May 14, 2012 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Have you checked the air line for any nicks/damage? these are pneumatic so firstly check the line and foot belows are intact, if you hold the plug end against your cheek and give the bellows a squeeze you should get a good blast of air. Sometimes the airline gets squished on the ground by a rolling chair wheel and this may damage it. There are parts available, and as its all just rubber line, there's no electricity involved in the foot control. For parts, try, or is the Elna guru in USA. If you aren't in USA, you may need to search locally for an Elna dealer, many parts for the Swiss machines are still available, just have to track down someone who will get them for you rather than try to sell you a new machine (for my money the TX is a sweetie).

If you have tried the airline and think its sound, then I'd suggest you jump over and join up the yahoo newsgroup called Elna Heirlooms, then search their threads, their members have covered the repairs to the inners of these before. Very helpful place to visit.

May 14, 2012 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Pedal on Elna air electronic gets stuck

can you please elaborate a bit further? do you mean the pneumatic foot control is not working? If so, check that the air line isn't sitting under your chair's leg, any pressure on this line will stop it working as it operates on air pressure into a bellows inside the machine. If you think that the foot control or the air line has a hole in it you will need to replace it, these parts are still available for sale from, just search using your Elna 2 digit model number to find it. All the Elna air electronics use the same foot control so there's no compatibility issues.

Oct 02, 2011 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I need a new foot for my old elna, where can I purchase one. Elna SP purchased around 1971 --1972 from White Sewing Center , Cocoa Fla I live in Mount Holly N.C. 28120

you can buy Elna parts from, he specialises in the Swiss Elnas and carries range of stock. Or or stock Elna parts for both early Swiss as well as the latet ones. not sure if you meant a pressure foot or the foot control. If its pressure feet the generic low shank feet may well fit your mschine too once you buy the pressure foot adaptor for the newer clip on feet. There was a Lotus Sp and a star SP but the pressure feet were the same with the built in shank you attached with a thumb screw. the air electronics had the adaptor and clip on feet but they have same height and needle position so can use on earlier ones too.

Oct 01, 2010 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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I have a old Elna machine. The air electronic SU 390 B. I have lost the manual and am trying to do buttonholes on a dress. I have forgotten the sequence of nob adjustments to complete the process.

Is this the duplex model with the base that fits into a sewing cabinet?

My Elna booklet lists a SP "air electronic" duplex (CL.39), if so, then it would be same stitches as the 38, yellow front panel, 7 built in stitches and automatic knob with blue markings for buttonholing.

Here is the SU manual images for buttonholing, should be exactly the same for the SP.

tally_girl_4.jpg Instructions are:
use buttonhole foot. turn the 3 dials to buttonhole marked in blue (stitch selection, width and length).
Mark length of buttonhol on the material. Place work under foot with the mark in the middile fo the foot, the start being directly below the needle. sew the first side, raise the needle. Turn stitch width dial to 2, blue. Sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to 3 blue. sew the second side. stop just short of the first side. Raise the needle.
turn the stitch width dial to 4 blue. sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to "fastening off stitch" blue dot. Sew a few stitches, holding back the material by hand. Raise needle, lift pressure foot and remove work, triming off threads.
Open the buttonhole with your seam ripper (put a pin across the end to avoid any nasties).

Aug 26, 2010 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

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