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Elna SU needle position lever is very stiff

I try to move the needle position lever and it is almost impossible ...can do it but end up with raw thumb!

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    check out this solutionhttp://www.fixya.com/support/t2536329-ne... it covers this problem well, White Sewing Centre is the Swiss Elna Guru

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This is probably due to lack of use and just stiffening up of this lever, best thing is to take off the top cover and get some triflow oil into the lever area, then try to work it back and forwards. First though, always set the stitch length and stitch width dials to zero before you try to move the needle dial, this applies to changing the stitch selector too, always turn width and length to zero first to avoid wear on these parts internally.

If you are happy to delve a bit deeper into your machine internally you might want to join the Yahoo group called Elna Heirlooms where other Swiss elna owners share their love and knowledge of these machines, there will be message thread on this issue there for sure.

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Remove the top cover. Note where the shaft of the the needle position wheel enters a metal casting under the wheel. Old oil deposits gum up the shaft. Heating this area with a hair dryer usually frees up the shaft. Be careful you don't use too much heat that would melt the plastic wheel. Lubricate the shaft with tri-flow and work it in by turning the wheel while it is warm. If it sticks again after it cools, repeat the process. It may take several hours or days for the tri-flow to penetrate and free the wheel up.

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this wheel does seize over a period of time.Remove the top cover so that you can see the wheel. It can be unseized by spraying a mixture of 20% ammonia to 80% water under the wheel. Let it sit for 20-30 minutes, spray it again and then turn it with a pair of pliers. Do NOT break it!! use a soft cloth around it if you want to protect the wheel from scratches.
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SOURCE: I have a Elna SU

I was going to direct you to the www.arizonaexpressionz.com website which had lots of Elna instruction and service manuals including the SU but today its links seem to be out of action. It may come back to life so worth checking another time.

In the meantime, did your repair shop actually service the machine or just pull the top cover off, put in oil and tell you that's it. There are still Elna trained technicians out there who are familiar with the older Swiss made machines and its probably worth trying to find one if you think the service centre you've visited hasn't actually addressed the issue.

The other option is if you are in the USA, contacting White Sewing Centre and maybe sending it to them to be serviced. LInk is www.whitesewingcenter.com.

Or if you are technically minded yourself, you could join the "Elna Heirloom" group on Yahoo and then ask the other members there for help, there are lots of Elna lovers with models much older than the SU there who lovingly keep their machines running and share their knowledge. Just be clear as to whether yours is a Star Series SU (white with blue top) or Air Electronic SU (if you look on the id plate of the machine there will be a 2 digit code either 62 or 68.

I hope this helps you a little, I'd certainly persist with it if I was you. I just purchased my second SU 2nd hand after buying a new model of another brand 5 years ago and being quite disappointed with its performance, particularly with heavy jobs.

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