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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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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?


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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

Feb 27, 2015 | Elna Sewing Machines

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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.

Nov 11, 2013 | White Sewing 1521

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I am trying to shir using elastic thread in my bobbin but my fabric will not shir & my elastic there jams causing me to start all over. I have studied many tutorials. It seems I need to tighten the...


Have you wound the bobbin with the shiring under tension? you need the shirring elastic to be stretched somewhat as it goes onto the bobbin so that when stitched out, it relaxes and pulls the fabric up.

And yes, usually you need to tighten up the bobbin tension also to stretch the elastic some more.

The Ellure has a horizonal drop in bobbin so you will need to access this to adjust the tension. This may require unscrewing the two screws holding down the needle plate (metal flat plate you sew over). Take this off and now you'll see the bobbin holder area clearly. Look where the tension spring is, the little groove you pull the thread into when threading up. Is there a small dial just near this, about 7mm across? it will have a groove in the top and hopefully a + and - marking.

IMPORTANT: carefully make a note of where it is set now. Take a picture or write a little diagram down so you can get it back to normal setting. Use your little accessory screwdriver and carefully turn it one click to +, then test sew. YOu may need to turn it up 3 clicks to get the elastic stretched enough. Just make sure you know where to set the dial back to when you are done.

Also, remember you won't be able to shir heavy fabric, just light weight cottons work best.

I find that stitching lots of straight lines of shirring like you see tube bodice sundresses made in ready to wear is very hard, factories will have a machine that sews 20 rows at once. And getting enough gathers is trial and error with a domestic sewing machine.

Here's how I do it. Turn down top selvage edge of the fabric width you want to gather, turn down about 10mm and straight stitch around. Now on the wrong side with a sewing marker pen rule lines down from here across the fabric width spaced 1 cm apart. Now lie shirring elastic on these lines and stitch over it with a narrow zig zag stitch making sure not to catch the elastic with the needle. Start each sitching seam one cm from the raw edge of the fabric and finish the seam the same way.

Now I pull the elastic up from each side pulling all of them evenly until I"ve got it gathered enough. Now place right sides together and stitch the fabric into a tube catching the elastic ends in and securing them.

I hope this helps you out.

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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.

Apr 22, 2010 | Brother CS-100-T Computerized Sewing...

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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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