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Have a 1970's elna su supermatic but cams don't work

Have a 1970's elna su supermatic with lots of cams but can't get them to work properly

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  • catholmes May 21, 2009

    I have a similar problem with my Elna su (1970's). Except only the forward part of the cam stitch works. The part of the cam stitch that requires the machine to reverse stitch doesn't work. It just keeps doing the forward part.

    But the machine will reverse stitch when I'm not using a cam dics.

    Any ideas would be great!

    Thanks.

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There are two types of discs - single and double.
For the thinner single discs do as follows:
1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the single disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch length or width you wish. I usually try "3" for the width and 1/2 for the length to start.

For the thicker double discs do as follows:

1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the double disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch width.
7. The stitch length must be put on "A" - this is the difference between the single and double discs!
I hope this helps!

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I don't think you can do reverse with the cams!

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  • Tina Jul 26, 2013

    If you place the single cam in the machine with the stitch length wheel at A then it will stich backward. The wheel for stitch length needs to be at 0 for single cam (white inked images) to work properly. Double cams need to be at the A setting on the stitch length wheel to work.

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