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I have a Elna sewing machine. The needle couldn't grap the thread from bobbin. I took the machine in to one sewing repair and he saids that my machine was old. He said that inside the machine, something was broken. The machine was too old and can't gets parts to it.

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If you are in the USA you could try www.whitesewingcenter.com, he is the Elna guru and may well have parts still. There are plenty of these machines still working; if you check out the Yahoo group called Elna Heirlooms you'll find other owners who often repair their own machines and share knowledge.

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If you machine is truly old (over 20-30 years) then you probably have a broken gear and on the elnas the part can be hard to find and if found, expensive to repair.

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Having thread breakage probelm and also can't track down the correct bobbin to use on the Elna 2005


have you got the manual for this machine? You can download one from here: http://www.ps2netdrivers.net/manual/elna.2005/

It is a front loading bobbin and removabel bobbin case so I think the bobbin is a plastic "Class 15" - like this http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bobbins-class-15-plastic-10-pack.aspx

Thread breaking could be caused several factors such as the thread actually being old and brittle, the needle or needle plate having burrs and catching the thread, incorrect threading, bobbin in bobbin case the wrong way, or top tension discs playing up/too tight or thread catching somewhere in the threading path.

I'd suggest that you trouble shoot this and refer to the manual for cleaning instructions. If you can access them clean between the tension discs (turn tension down to zero and "floss" between the by running the selvage edge of a piece of clean cotton scrap through the discs to remove any lint/dye buildup). Wind a fresh bobbin and rethread referring to the manual to ensure the bobbin is turning the right way. New needle and rethread top thread refering to threading diagram. Tension on 5 and test sew again.

If you are still having problems, then the machine may benefit from a service by your local Elna dealer, a good service and clean at least every 2 years is recommended.

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YOu can down load a manual from here http://www.arizonaexpressionz.com/elna_instruction_manuals/Elna7000.pdf

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Also, please check the manual when you go to buy twin needles, there are two types now as computerised machines usually need the twin needles offset from the shaft position. They have red or black plastic block between the shaft and the twin needles - I think you need the red ones but just double check the manual to make sure. And you can't do all the wide stitches with a twin needle as it will strike the foot.

Hope this helps a little.

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