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The thread take up guide on my elna 820 is jammed It worked when it stoped for colour change did not return to the top I have tried to turn the hand wheel but it will only move a fraction ether way

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try another needle-- one for the fabric being sewed

make sure the top thread has not come off the thread take up lever

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make sure the bobbin is turned the correct way in the bobbin case

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My elna 2800 is jamming the bobbin the thread keeps wrapping around the bobbin case. What can I do


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try changing the needle,,make sure the needle & thread & fabric are correct for each other
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Elna Supermatic 1960's/cream and blue. The machine is jammed. Hand wheel will turn backwards but not forward. I pulled some quilting thread out out the bobbin area, but didn't fix problem. ...


There may be threads jammed up in the bobbin holder area causing the jam. But removing the inner bobbin holder is a bit tricky if you haven't done it before. There are two little screws holding the silver inner down onto a black ceramic piece (inner guard ring), and you need to get these lined up the right way to get the bobbin holder back into position afterwards.

I would suggest that you join the Yahoo group Elna Heirlooms, then check out the files and photos loaded up by other members who work on their Elnas.

You shouldn't need to remove the feed dogs, just give them a clean with a little brush. But internally the machine may need a good clean and lube and without a service manual or good guide this can be challenging.

If you go this link http://www.arizonaexpressionz.com/elna_service_manuals.html you can down load the manual for this machine, the Star Series SU. Go to page 7 of the first part to see about removing the bobbin holder and inner guard ring.

It is a case of lining up the cut out of the black plate to the front, then putting the bobbin holder on top with the little arms facing front also, then replacing the two screws.

I'd suggest you take photos with a digital camera before you start to help you get it back in the right way.

I hope this helps you with the Supermatic, did you get the discs and accessories with it too? lovely Swiss quality machine with great stitching so if you can't get it unjammed, you may wish to find an experienced Elna Technician to take a look.

White Sewing Center stock lots of parts for these machines too, www.whitesewingcenter.com

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