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The press button in thr Elnagraph is stuck and doesn't line up with the circular guide. How can I move it?

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I have a Elna air electronic 68, I am not able to use different function. Like thr preprogrammed.

Your AE 68 will have three dials across the front, from L-R, stitch selector, stitch width and stitch length. To sew any stitch with a sidewise needle movement, you will need to turn the stitch selector to that stitch on the selector, then turn the stitch width to between 3 and 4 and the stitch length to a similar setting, adjusting to get the stitch formation you need. To sew with the discs, set all the dials to zero, then insert a cam into the Elnagraph on top of the machine. Then turn the selector to the disc icon, and the stitch length around to the "S" and stitch width to 4.

Don't use reverse if using the elnagraph stitches.

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Just bought jaguar 596 sewing machine plugged in and lit up pressed start button and needle is stuck to the right not even threaded yet button to indicate right to left won't work be grateful for help

give a gentle pull and get it into position, could have gotten stuck by accident, also put a piece of fabric under the needle and press on the foot pedal to make the machine "go". It should begin moving the needle bar and straighten up.

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My double discs no longer work on me Elan Supermatic sewing machine

Are you sure you have the settings right on the machine? It can be a little unintuitive with these old Swiss beauties. Start by checking the disc is fully clicked into the Elnagraph, there is a little finger underneath which marries up with a hole in the disc. Now turn the dial in front of the elnagraph to A, the automatic setting. Now turn the stitch length dial to the straight line and the stitch width to A also.
There were a few variants of the supermatic and I have descibed the last one the Star Series, this machine is white with blue top. But I have got a manual for the earlier green supermatic as well so could drag this out if you havent resolved the problem. I do find that any machine left for a while unused may,suffer from loss of needle swing, the needle bar bearing gets funked up. Can be worked loose with Triflow and gentle wiggling. The bar bearing slides across on a shiny metal rod and is,pulled back to centre by a spring, so,this could also have broken,or come off.

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How to embroider with elna su electronic

There are a couple of Elna SU models, the Star Series SU is white with a blue top panel. Or the air electronic SU is a white machine and a dozen years newer (80's). Both have a disc elnagraph reader in a flap on top of the machine and sew a range of stitches involving either side to side stitch formation or side to side and forwards and backwards, albiet revolutionary when new but not what modern computerised embroidery machines can produce now. To use, you set stitch width and length dials to zero, then insert the black disc into the elnagraph ensuring you line up the disc with a little finger underneath. There should be a red marking on the disc and the shaft to assist with this. Press down until the disc clicks into place. Now turn stitch length to S for supermatic and width to 4 and sew. You can vary the stitch width to adjust stitch and the AE also has a little dial that elongates or closes up the stitch. Try machine embroidery thread for a silky stitch especially with satin stitch where the thread is close together. Also wing needles can be interesting when using the turkish hem stitch disc.

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I just got an old Sears Kenmore Sewing machine model 385.17781. Everything is working fine except the reverse stitch. When the reverse button is pressed, the fabric doesn't move or sometimes movin

it sounds like the feed dogs & the reverse button need to be
checked at a repair shop,
to see why they are not responding to each other.

Sep 08, 2012 | Sewing Machines

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Older Elna machine-black stitch discs, how do I use them

These discs are either single or double discs, the doubles give forwards and backwards movement by the feed dogs moving the fabric as well as side to side movement of the needle. This gives you the "Supermatic" stitches, revolutionary in 1952 when Elna developed this technology.

I'm assuming that you have a Supermatic (green) or Star Series SU (white with blue top) Elna model? your model will have a code number on the side plate by the power point, it may be 62 if its a Star, there is some variation in how you select the automatic stitches between these models but the basics are similar.

Start first by turning the stitch width selector to zero and stitch length selector to zero.

You need to insert the disc into the Elnagraph carefully, lining up the dot marking on the disc with the finger within the elnagraph, there is a little hole underside of the disc where this finger goes into to lock the disc in place. You now turn the stitch selector to "A" for automatic, and turn the stitch width to 4. Always turn your dials back to zero before removing the disc as there is a little feeler that swings over to "read" off the disc and you won't want to damage this.

The very early Elna supermatic take a slightly different disc, the finger hole is slightly different to the later machines and they were removed using a little tool. Later models it got easier and you push the middle of the elnagraph silver ring to release the disc.

I hope I haven't confused you more, you may want to join the Swiss Elna user group called Elna Heirlooms under groups, its a very helpful group of members and you should find a thread on these machines there.

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The cam seems to be locked up and won't release. I have the settings where the manual says to, but the button does not go down to release the cam.

Is this a Supermatic (green), Star SU (white with blue top) or an Air Electronic SU model, I'm guessing that it is one of these Elna models?
If it is one of the two latter models, then you need to set the stitch width to zero, stitch length to zero to disengage the feeler arms that read off the disc. Then press on the cam release knob in the middle of the Elnagraph.

The earlier Supermatics were a bit different and there was a tool you used to remove the cams I think.

You could try to remove to the top cover and then see if you can get some oil in under the Elnagraph, this may help to free up the mechanisim. There is a little finger that goes into the cam from the underside and you don't want to damage this as you remove the cam.

My other suggestion is to join the "Elna Heirlooms" user group on and see if one of the members there has a suggestion on how to get the cam off. There are some really knowledgeable Elna owners there so one of them may have encountered this problem too.

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My Elna Super has a single disc stuck in the top. My stitch width is at 0 as well as my stitch length and the selector is on A. Pressing on the knob will not release the disc. Any suggestions?

Turn the stitch selector off "A". Try again to release the disc by pressing on the central knob..

If you look at the elnagraph, can you see if the reading arm has moved away from the disc? If not, try rotating the fly wheel until the circle mark on the disc lines up with the white arrow in the elnagraph. Now try again.

There is actually a slight variation in the discs between the early supermatics and the later models - is it possible that you've acquired this disc from other than original purchase with the machine?

You can find out quite a bit of information on this if you subscribe to the yahoo group called "Elna Heirlooms" the other members are very knowledgable on the discs and there has been several theads on this. You might want to join up and read through past messages, there is also info under files and photos, lots of helpful members.

The difference is in the little hole on the underside of the disc that a little finger (called driving pin) locks into. Its deeper on some than others.

If you find that you still can't get the disc out then you may need to take it to an experienced SM technician for him to do a service. I treasure my Elna Star Series SU machine and will never part with it.

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My elna has cams to upgrade the number of stitches it can do but I am unable to get them to work. I believe I have installed them correctly but cannot activate them.

Throughout the Swiss Elna range there were several of their top of line models that have the black cams for additional stitches and they all have an "Elnagraph" device in the top of the machine case where you insert the cams.

There are single cams where the needle just moves ffrom side to side while the fabric moves forward. And double cams where the needle moves from side to side while the feed dogs move the fabric forward and backwards to get a combination stitch. The trick is to get the Elnagraph to engage so the arm in it can "read" off the disc.

There are a couple of other knobs that you need to adjust to get the cam stitch though.

Star Series: (white machine with blue top) you need to put the stitch selector inside the elnagraph flap to "A" on the Star series and then stitch width to 4 and stitch length to the red A zone.
Air Electronic SU or Carina: you have 3 knobs from left to right - stitch selector (put it on 7) , stitch width (put it on 4, orange area) and stitch length (turn it around to the orange zone for the automatic stitches).

And on the early Supermatic the adjustments are a little different again.

And ALWAYS turn the stitch width and length dials back to zero, before you change the stitch selector, or pop out a cam.

I hope this helps you get your Elna stitching from the cam, there is a great Yahoo group called Elna Heirlooms too where there are lots of knowledgeable Elna owners and some files listing all the cam stitches.

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the problem is some fabric, dust or thread is stuck behide the plate that holds the sewing needle and foot.

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