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Elna threading and reverse instructions

I dont know where my reverse is located, and I dont know how to properly thread the tension roller on the lever.   This is an Elna Primula 410.

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Re: Elna threading and reverse instructions

Threading an Elna Primula 410 - put the thread on the top rear spindle - then through the open metal guide at the back of the top (avoiding the tensioned bit on top as this is for the bobbin winding), then down through the tension wheels (making sure foot is up) - under metal loop at bottom, back up through metal loop at top - down again with thread running over top of two metal bars - then through loop on top of needle & then thread needle!
Hope this helps...

Posted on Mar 11, 2008

Re: Elna threading and reverse instructions

I have a Primula 310

The reverse is located in the middle of the stitch length dial, you press in the button whilst you reverse.

When threading up any sewing machine make sure the foot is 'up' as this opens the tension disks and the thread goes between. when you lower the foot the discs close around the thread and add the tension.

Hope this helps

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

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I have a PRO 4 DE Elna Lock from 24 years ago. I can't find the diagram where it explains which spool to tighten to adjust the 4 stitch tensions, with the colours on it. Does anyone have this? Please?

Wondering if this may be helpful:

Don't know if it's the same for your machine, but most recommendations are to thread the machine with the presser foot in the "up" position. This will release the tension disks so the thread will seat properly. Also, giving each thread a little tug when threading through the tension disk sometimes helps.

Be sure to thread in the order: upper looper, lower looper, right needle, left needle.

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How to adjust the tension on ELna F4. I started out with the factory settings but the needle threads are very loose no matter how high I turn the tension.

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When I am monogramming with my Elna 8600, the thread continually breaks, what could be the problem?

The top thread breaks
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I have the Elna 320. The top thread is getting caught in the bobbin and creating a snarl. What's wrong?

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How do I thread my machine? I cannot find my brochure. I sew a lot and have NEVER had this problem before--the stitches are all knotted at the back of the fabric. I dont know what I am doing wrong.

you need to check that the top thread is corrctly into the tension device, this is the most common cause of looping on the underside of the fabric because the tensioner is not pulling the top thread back up to the fabric surface as the needle is raised during the stitch sequence. Check that the tension is set to the middle number, usually 4 or 5, and that the thread has gone into the tension device. Always thread with the presser foot up, as this opens up the tension device so that the thread can seat fully.

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I need a manual for an Elna Special machine. I am not sure of how to thread the machine properly and I don't know what one of the dials on the front of the machine does.

There is also a Yahoo group for Heirloom Elna owners which this model is.
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