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My elna 300 will only sew 2 of the 12 to 14 stitches it is capable of. It will sew straight and zig zag. I turn the dials to the settings in the manual using the different color areas on the dials but the decorative and utility stitches only sew out in a zig zag pattern. What could be wrong with the machine? truittsusan1@gmail.com

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    Susan Oct 20, 2013

    Sorry the model of my elna is 500 ( not 300.)

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    Susan Nov 04, 2013

    The gears needed lubricating big time. Now I have all my stitches. Thanks everyone!

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Sounds like the pattern selector is bound up. Make sure your zig zag is set to zero when changing patterns. That may help.

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First, make sure you select the straight stitch setting on the round dial. It is the one that has the dashed lines, looking like the stitch itself. Then, you may also want to be sure that the stitch WIDTH (dial with the picture that looks like a straight line gradually turning into a zig-zag) to the lowest setting, which is generally 0. With some machines, even after selecting a straight stitch setting, moving the stitch width can change needle position. Sometimes it will initiate the zig zag, other times it will move needle position left to right. Does that fix it?

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