Question about Elna Quilter's Dream 6003Q
I have an Elna #1 sewing machine, the 'grasshopper' model, which runs fine but has a condenser/capacitor which is leaking. I don't think I can get the exact part to replace it with, but I'm wondering if I can replace it with the modern equivalent, and if so, how would I go about finding one?
I just purchased a fairly tidy Elna 'Grasshopper' sewing machine with the same leaking capacitor problem. I carefully removed the capacitor for examination. It is actually three capacitors in one - no chance of a direct modern replacement, but anyone with those three capacitors, a couple bits of insulated wire, and a small soldering iron should be able to shoehorn them into the same space. There is a circuit diagram printed on the side of the original capacitor, showing one 0,2 micro-Farad capacitor between the two mains power buses (the two wires from the top of the original capacitor which are soldered to the top of the two outer brass bars where all the wires attach), and following on from each of those a 0,0025 micro-Farad capacitor (so, two of those), the other side of both of those joined together and going to the chassis - representing the one cable from bottom of the original capacitor, which is screwed down. Easier than it sounds - I just have to find those capacitors. They must be NON-polarised capacitors, rated for 250 Volts, and I plan to use radial (rather than axial) style, aluminium type ones - very common. From what I can gather, I believe they are needed for that lovely little motor to run properly - to have torque ('oomph') at start-up - never mind the radio interference.
Posted on Jul 28, 2011
Lots of these old machines had condensers to prevent radio and TV interference (static on the radio when using the sewing machine). Depending on which one it is, you might be able to cut it out and bypass it.
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