Question about Elna Sewing Machines

Open Question

Timing is off on my Elna Air Electronic Model 68

The timing for the bobbin seems to be ''off''.  It appears the hook in the bobbin assembly is not positioned correctly.  Any ideas?

Posted by on


6 Suggested Answers

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi there,
Save hours of searching online or wasting money on unnecessary repairs by talking to a 6YA Expert who can help you resolve this issue over the phone in a minute or two.

Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.

Here's a link to this great service

Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


SOURCE: Elna sewing machine, the timing is out.

Hi, Purchased an elna contessa 130. could anyone advise threading procedures , as we do not have a manual with it.......problem with top tension.
Many thanks

Posted on Aug 02, 2008

  • 155 Answers

SOURCE: Installing the hook and bobbin assembly.

Needle Faces Where?  
I Need to Tighten the Tension....  
Changing a Needle  
Need Help  
Basic Questions-  
Bobbin Assembly Popped Out!  
Do You Think My Machine is Fixable?  
How to Change a Broken Needle  
Needle Bar Adjustment  
Oiling an Elna 3007  
Getting the Timing Belt Off?  
What Size Needles for My Machine?  
How to Oil my Machine?  
Where to Oil??  
Stitch Length Knob Woes  
Can't Seem to Put the Bobbin in Correctly  
Timing Belt Tension  
Running Very Slow-  
Oiling Points on Singer 257  
Oiling My Singer Touch & Sew  
Singer 457  
Featherweight Case Odor  
Brother XL2010 Q's  
Does My Machine Have More Than One Belt?  
Cannot Seem To Adjust the Tension  
What to Do About a Gumming Up Needle  
How Tighten My Bobbin Tension, Please  
Is it Covered Under Warranty?  
Proper Threading Instructions?  
Just a Foot Pedal?  
Simple Threading Instructions for a 1036  
Threading a Singer 600  
Replacing a Blade on a Johnson Ruffler  
Changing the Needle  
Lubricating a Singer 1036  
Thread Balling Underneath  
Warranty Info  
Machine Covered in Hardened Oil  
Spindle Stuck?  
Do Motors Die?  
Singer 457  
Brother Sewing Machine  
Servicing My Machine-  
Belt Replacement  
Lubricating My Sewing Machine  

check out this  good luck  thanks.

Posted on Oct 26, 2008

  • 87 Answers

SOURCE: Bobbin drive gear

You need to get the gear from your elna dealer. To time the machine, you want the tip of the hook to pass just over the top of the eye of the needle when the needle is in the left most or right most position depending on which side the eye of the needle will be higher

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

  • 980 Answers

SOURCE: Installing the hook and bobbin assembly.

The plastic bobbin case should sit on top of the raceway, it should slot in quite easily, once the bobbin case is in put the small metal clip at the top over to hold it in place.

Posted on May 28, 2009

  • 1 Answer

SOURCE: my elna SU air electronic model 68 is not working

I have a Elna air electronic No 69 I am having trouble with the tension . How can I fix this.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

The needle won't pick up bobbin thread on mu Elna Air Electronic SU

Has this just started after a jam up? As it's usually a symptom of timing being out.
However first check needle is in right way, flat shank to the back and threading is correct including the take up lever.
If no joy then mechanic service time

Apr 18, 2014 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

ELNA Clutch slip. I have an Elna SU 68 which has served me very well over the years. Recently the clutch has started slipping after about 20 mins sewing. I have stripped and cleaned the pulley and...

Hi Dave,
not sure where you are located for a repairer but the US Swiss Elna Guru is White Sewing Center for spares and repairs.

But I would strongly suggest that you jump over to Yahoo groups and join the group called "Elna heirlooms", then search the threads there as there has been lots of discussions in the past on the Air Electronic drive belts, I can't remember now what the fix is but there are some really talented mechanics in that group, Jim is one who springs to mind.

Also, these machines do have have capacitors inside the air electronic panel for controlling the speed. Also, in this group there is some shared images of manuals/parts/repairs which should be of help to you.

Jun 01, 2012 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

I had a zigzag problem with Elna SU Electronic Air, which I fixed with your solution, but some of the unfreeze liquid had gone down the bobbin winder hole and now the outer wheel on the right side wil

is the belt slipping now? You'll probably need to take off the top cover and see if you can clean up the spilt lubricant off the bobbin winder mechanisim and the drive belt on the right of this. The bobbin winder is friction driven, a rubber ring around a plastic barrel and when you click this over to the right the rubber ring drives off the main drive part of the machine.

removing the top panel is a bit tricky because you've got the handle there too, two screws unscrew it, then you need to manouvere the cover upwards and left to get it out of the bobbin feed part then tip it to the back of the machine to give you a view of the inners. You might want to subscribe to the Yahoo group called "Elna Heirlooms" as there's probably a prior thread on this there, lots of Swiss Elna owners who service their own machines, very useful place to visit.

May 15, 2012 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Something is "clicking" while sewing machine is

Firstly eliminate the needle, put in a new sharp one. A blunt, bent or burred needle will cause clicking, popping or squeaking sounds.

If you can still hear a clicking noise, then it is possible that the needle is touching the hook when down in the needle plate, and this would indicate that timing is out slightly.

If you take off the needle plate and bobbin cover, foot and remove thread, then sew very slowly watching the needle and hook, you may be able to see/hear the point of contact.

I've never adjusted timing on my machines, always left it to a technician. But there is some general images on timing repairs at if you are technically minded.

Oct 27, 2011 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

My elna SU air electronic model 68 is not working I need to fix it. How can I find a repair expert.

I have a Elna air electronic No 69 I am having trouble with the tension . How can I fix this.

Jul 13, 2009 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Bobbin drive gear

You need to get the gear from your elna dealer. To time the machine, you want the tip of the hook to pass just over the top of the eye of the needle when the needle is in the left most or right most position depending on which side the eye of the needle will be higher

Mar 18, 2009 | Elna 2007 Mechanical Sewing Machine

1 Answer

Elna Carine Electronic Sewing Machine

You should be able to buy a manual online but it may be a cd or image pdf file. Try or If they don't have the Carina but have the Air Electronic SU, model 68 then this will be almost the same. Main difference is the Carina has the needle up/down button.

Here is threading up images to get you started.


Sep 21, 2008 | Elna 8007

2 Answers

I need to thread an elna air electronic su sewing machine

that's a nice machine, one of the last mechanical Elnas with the discs for extra stitches. Firstly, you need to wind a bobbin, always use Elna swiss metal bobbins, with holes on one side only, slightly dished. Put on top of the bobbin spindle and take the thread from your spool on the spool holders at the back of the machine across to the tension disc on top left, its white bump, thread through the tension then back to the bobbin and pull the tail through a hole in the top of the bobbin. Flick bobbin across to the right against the stop, disengage the clutch by holding the outer flywheel and turning the inner towards you. Now press the foot pedal to start winding a bobbin, holding the thread tail so it starts off. Wind one full coverage of the bobbin so that the starting point is covered, then stop and cut the tail off with scissors. Now continue winding at 3/4 speed until bobbin is full, watch as it winds and give the thread a nudge with your finger so it fills top and bottom as well as in the middle of the bobbin. When it is full, the bobbin spindle will stop winding. Move it to the left, cut the thread and reennage the clutch by holding flywheel and turning the inner the other way. Now install the bobbin and click the thread into the tension device, see image.

Now thread up the top thread by taking the top thread from the spool, through the tension discs, across to the eyelet on top, down to the check spring, back up to the take up lever, then down to the needle catching the thread into the two thread guides enroute.
See this image.

Now thread through the needle front to back, hold the top thread, close the bobbin cover leaving the tail sticking out the top, lower the needle down by turning the flywheel towards you through one cycle and pull the top thread, drawing the bobbin thread up to the top of the needle plate with it. Pull both threads under the pressure foot to the back and your ready to go. Remember, top tension should be on 5 and bottom tension should be on the red 1, don't change it. Brush out the bobbin holder assembly each time you use this machine and add one drop of oil into the middle of the bobbin holder, there may be a red dot or just the indenation. Run the machine for 30 seconds after oiling without thread, slowly to spread the oil through the bobbin mechanism. Standard 130/704H needles, change regularly (6 hours of sewing) and pick right sized needle and type point for the work you are sewing. Good luck with your SU. If you wanted to join, there is a Yahoo group called "Elna Heirlooms" for fellow Swiss Elna owners.

Aug 24, 2008 | Singer 7462 Mechanical Sewing Machine

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sewing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

65 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Elna Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1133 Answers

Douglas Plant
Douglas Plant

Level 2 Expert

194 Answers

Donald DCruz
Donald DCruz

Level 3 Expert

17130 Answers

Are you an Elna Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides