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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: My foot pedal is really hot
Based on your description and since your sewing machine is older, the motor inside your machine is probably drawing more current to maintain the same output power and all that current is passing thru the foot operated switch.. What that means is that your motor windings may be breaking down from age and use or the contacts within the footswitch may be getting carbon on them from passing more current than the original design called for and becoming resistive ( which equates to it getting hot). I suggest you discontinue using it until you have it maintenanced to make sure you aren't risking a shock or fire hazard. Sight unseen, it's difficult to draw any other conclusion.
Posted on Dec 02, 2008
Take a look at the side plate on your Elna and look for a two digit code, this is the model number.
I'm assuming that you are in the USA on 110 Voltage. If so visit this website,
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/elna-sewing-machine-parts-model-list.aspx and choose your model. They sell replacement foot pedals, just check the profile of the plug that goes into your machine.
The other option is contact the Elna guru, www.whitesewingcenter.com, he stocks a wide range of swiss Elna parts and may have the original foot control second hand.
If you are on 240 voltage then you'll need to source it from a country that has the same voltage like UK, Australia or NZ.
Lastly, you may wish to join the Yahoo group called "ELna Heirlooms" this user group of Elna owners is really helpful and shares lots of their love and knowledge for these beautifully made Swiss machines. Many of them have even earlier models than yours such as the Green Grasshopper, the first Elna machine.
Posted on Dec 19, 2011
Have you checked the air line for any nicks/damage? these are pneumatic so firstly check the line and foot belows are intact, if you hold the plug end against your cheek and give the bellows a squeeze you should get a good blast of air. Sometimes the airline gets squished on the ground by a rolling chair wheel and this may damage it. There are parts available, and as its all just rubber line, there's no electricity involved in the foot control. For parts, try www.sewingpartsonline.com, or www.whitesewingcenter.com is the Elna guru in USA. If you aren't in USA, you may need to search locally for an Elna dealer, many parts for the Swiss machines are still available, just have to track down someone who will get them for you rather than try to sell you a new machine (for my money the TX is a sweetie).
If you have tried the airline and think its sound, then I'd suggest you jump over and join up the yahoo newsgroup called Elna Heirlooms, then search their threads, their members have covered the repairs to the inners of these before. Very helpful place to visit.
Posted on May 27, 2012
SOURCE: Run away foot pedal.
I had this problem with my Janome and also after I was given a new foot pedal as well, even though no fault could be found with it. I then suspected power surges as my computer went haywire at the same time on one occasion. I have never yet had the problem since I started to use surge sockets. I have only ever had the problem with my computerised machine, not my other although the foot pedals are the same.
Posted on Oct 07, 2012
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