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How to shirr with elna elina 40

What are the machine settings for shirring elastic

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When putting your shirring elastic on the bobbin, don't thread the elastic through the bobbin holder,adjust the stitch length longer,and loosen the tension, other wise if you want to put it through the bobbin holder you have to loosen the tension screw on the bobbin holder, and then you have to adjust it back for ordinary sewing,

Posted on Feb 13, 2010

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I have an Elna Elina 40 and bobbin thread on the top when sewing. I have fixed thread tension up top and then when nothing changed I adjusted bobbin tension and nothing changes. Please help!


Please explain more fully the symptoms your machine is displaying and what you are attempting to do when making adjustments.
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If the bobbin thread is showing on top of the fabric, the upper thread is too tight and/or the bobbin tension is too loose.

Set the upper tension to the midway point between high & low number, then retest your machine. If the bobbin thread is still showing on top, then the bobbin tension is a bit too loose.

FWIW, it is normal when using 2 different color threads that you can see a "dot" of the other thread from the opposite side (especially with thin, fine fabric). If you try tightening both tensions to get rid of the "dot," the fabric will probably begin to pucker. If you are seeing a dot of each thread on the opposite side, your tension is perfect! Try stitching thicker fabric and see if the dots disappear. When sewing, it is best to use the same color thread for top and bottom or use a thread color that closely matches the fabric. Then the dots blend in and are not as noticeable.

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My sewing machine don't want to work the elastic tread that you use for smocking. I put it on the bobbin. Also, were can I download a free service/ repair manual?


To seek a manual, search the internet for:
Manufacturer + Model + the word "Manual"

Be sure you hand-wind the bobbin with the elastic thread. You may also need to loosen the bobbin tension a bit if the elastic thread is stretching too much while stitching.

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Set zig zag stitch on Elna Elina 40


I have looked but can't see a manual, but looks like push button stitch selection on front of machine, often it will be same as straight stitch, but need to take stitch width from 0 to 4

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Any advice on shirring with an old elna lotus sp. Brought out of retirement as my Brother refuses to shirr! bobbin threading etc can't find the manuals.


Suggest you watch in utube 'sewing with shirring elastic' not necessary be your model as the basic application is similar in other models.

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My machine is not shirring. I hand wind the elastic on the bobbin properly(in fact 4 different ways from no tension to medium tension on the elastic). I have it on a straight stitch and selected 4 as the...


you are doing it wrong, thread the machine top and bottom as normal, shirring elastic on your lap, select a small zig zag or pattern, sew and as you sew pull the shirring elastic taught, mif you wind the shirring elastic on the bobbin you will mess the tensions up.

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Can't shirr on new brother sewing machines!


The bobbin case tensions are "preset" from the factory. I would not recommend turning the tension screw that is locked with paint. You can however get a replacement case and break the seal and use that one for specialty thread and such.

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Shirring fabric?


Drop the bobbin with the elastic in the holder without feeding it through the holder, and enlarge the stitch length,

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