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My Elna Carina 65 doesn't feed fabric . I've

My Elna Carina 65 doesn't feed fabric . I've cleaned it , and adjusted the tensions. It seems to sew very small stitches. I've had it for about 25 years. It's never done this.

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Is it possible that you've lowered the feed dogs and not raised them again? Is the stitch length dial set to 2.5 and not on a buttonhole blue setting or the Automatic "A" setting?

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My suggestion is that you join up the Yahoo group called "Elna Heirlooms" you'll find lots of very helpful fellow supermatic owners there and probably what you are looking for too. Here is one page from the manual for threading the bobbin into tension, once you've mastered this on the Elnas, its the same for all the Swiss ones.
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