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ELNA CARINA will not stitch using the 'reverse stitching' lever

This machine (approx 1982) has hardly ever been used, and everything works well. However the machine will not reverse stitch when the 'instant reverse sewing' lever is used. I can hear a noise inside the machine when I push the lever, but it will not stitch backwards......any suggestions I might try before taking to a repair shop?

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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

RickE1
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SOURCE: backward stitching

Knowing which kind of machine you have helps alot. Just guessing but maybe the reverse mechanism is stuck and needs some oil in it to free it up. Or the buttonhole mechanism is stuck in reverse part of it.
Probably you should have it looked at.

Posted on Jan 11, 2009

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SOURCE: needle stuck in right position, will only sew tiny,tiny stitches

oil it. down the shaft if you can get to it. and where ever there is a hole it always helps.

Posted on Mar 26, 2009

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SOURCE: Elna machanical sewing machine

50 year old elnas made stitches by cams. look to see if the machine has a cam in it. you can see this by opening lid on top of machine. cams are black with red or white showing the pattern of the cam. could also have broken cam stack gear. That would require technician with elna experience

Posted on Jul 12, 2009

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SOURCE: Pfaff 1222's 3 stretch stitches sew wrong and backwards only.

It sounds like the feed mechanism needs oil.

Posted on Feb 25, 2010

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