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My Elna SU air has a cam stuck in the top. I have put oil on top and let it sit for hours but when I push down on the center post the cam will not pop up. What else can I do?

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If your SU is an Air Electronic model i.e. 80's model, Elna didn't make a walking foot to fit. However, if you've got a walking foot that is the same height from sole plate to the screw fitting as a standard Elna foot then you could give it a try. The walking foot connects to the presser bar with a screw but the needle bar also needs to hook into a secondary lever on the side of the walking foot to make the foot actually move. Probably sounds very confusing . Check the movement of the foot manually by hand turning the fly wheel to see how it works before you actually use with the motor to minimise any problems if the foot doesn't fit.

Also you'll probably only be able to do straight stitch with this foot due to the clearance around the needle plate.


Posted on Oct 28, 2008

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Check the brushes in the motor. My old Elna super did the same thing. We replaced the brushes and it has been working like a charm ever since. It's 40 years old and still going strong.

Posted on Dec 14, 2008

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SOURCE: have a 1970's elna su supermatic but cams don't work

There are two types of discs - single and double.
For the thinner single discs do as follows:
1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the single disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch length or width you wish. I usually try "3" for the width and 1/2 for the length to start.

For the thicker double discs do as follows:

1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the double disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch width.
7. The stitch length must be put on "A" - this is the difference between the single and double discs!
I hope this helps!

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

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I have an Elna SU. I cannot get my cam stitches to work....what could I be doing wrong? I have followed the manual.


If your machine is mechanical, not computerized, it probably needs a thorough oiling with fresh good quality sewing machine oil. The old oil has solidified over time and locked the moving parts in place.

Wheel on right side that controls the needle up and down is very tight...

It was working now it seems to be frozen the needle part wont move

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Oct 26, 2016 | Elna Sewing Machines

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I need a manual for an Elna Air Electronic SU that has "cams". I can not find a model number. What is or where is the model number so that I can order a manual.


Somewhere on your machine, perhaps underneath, inside, or on the back, there should be a plate or engraving with the serial number and the model number of your machine.

http://whitesewingcenter.com/elnaidentify.php


Then search the internet inputting:
Manufacturer + Model + the word "Manual"

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Sep 26, 2015 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How to remove a can from an elna Carina . Its stuck and can't remove it. My grandma gave it to me . She hasn't used it in years


push down on the shiny metal centre spindle that holds the cam, this pops the cam up off the little "finger" that it locks onto. If you can't push down at all, try dribbling some good quality sewing machine oil (tri-flow if you can get it, its brilliant) down the centre of this spindle and give it an hour or so, then try again. The cam won't just pull off, you need to push the metal spindle down for it to release.

Jul 03, 2015 | Elna Sewing Machines

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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 Yahoo.com 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.

Dec 20, 2011 | Sewing Machines

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I have a Elna SU - new in the mid-70's and recently took it to an auth. repair place. The needle position wheel is very stiff - almost impossible to move. It is used mainly in conjunction w/the...


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.

Aug 07, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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How do you change the light?


what model is this for?

On the Air electronic SU and Carina there is a little hole in the top that you put your mini screw driver into and push down - this pushes the light socket down so you can access the bulb, bayonet 15W fitting.
tally_girl_57.jpg On the Stellas it is similar retracting light socket but there is a little lever on the back of the machine head that you need to push down, use screwdriver across it to give leverage.

Jul 25, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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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.
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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.

Apr 10, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Can't replace the bulb in my Elna air electronic SU


Disconnect from electricity and ensure the bulb has cooled down (or if blown for a while, no problems).

Using your screwdriver, press down into a hole on the top of the case to make the bulb protude below the casing. Bayonet socket, push in and turn towards the back to remove bulb. tally_girl_5.jpg Reverse the process to insert new bulb (15W maximum).
Bulb is inclined as per diagbram above.

Feb 19, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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Have a 1970's elna su supermatic but cams don't work


There are two types of discs - single and double.
For the thinner single discs do as follows:
1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the single disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch length or width you wish. I usually try "3" for the width and 1/2 for the length to start.

For the thicker double discs do as follows:

1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the double disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch width.
7. The stitch length must be put on "A" - this is the difference between the single and double discs!
I hope this helps!

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