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Needle stays stuck whilst motor runs. Elna sewing machine

Every few seconds the needle stays down and doesnt move but the motor still goes, plus motor makes a squealing noise sometimes...a mechanic on phone said it might be the timing? is it fixable at home?Its an Elna Stella SP sewing machine.

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Its a lovely swiss made machine, this is an electronic motor so the needle pressure should remain constant no matter what speed you sew at. The needle staying down and the squealing sounds more like drive issues inside or possibly gunk buildup.

If it was my machine, I would take it to a qualified Elna technician and ask for him to look at it. These machines are small and well made so well worth spending the money to give it a service and get it back to 1000% IMHO.

Posted on Apr 11, 2011

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    whoops, typo, that would be 100%

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Help!I have ano Elna 72oo.The shaft that holds the needle does not go up and down. The flywheel goes round but nothing happens.


Check to make sure you have not accidentally set the machine to wind a bobbin. That will prevent the needle bar from moving.

Otherwise, it is probably time for service.

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Have you acquired an early Swiss Elna Sewing Machine??


There are still many of these Elna Supermatic sewing machines around and being used; they might not have all the electronic bells and whistles of a new model but they are a very well made solid metal case machine, parts can still be found and they will produce a good quality stitch and handle a wide range of fabric types.

Maintaining these early models means regular cleaning and oiling. Each time you get your Elna out to sew you need to remove the needle plate and open up the bobbin cover, take out the bobbin then using a little brush carefully remove all lint and fluff that you can see from the race, around the feed dogs and in the surrounding area. Your model may have marked red dots for oiling points, usually one in the middle of the bobbin holder, and often another red dot nearby in the race area. Plus a couple on the body area sometimes or top of the machine. Oil these marked points with a drop of good quality clear sewing machine oil when you get the machine out to sew, especially into the bobbin holder, then run the machine slowly without a bobbin or thread for a few seconds to spread the oil through the moving parts.

Use Swiss Elna metal bobbins only, they are very distinctive and only have holes on the top with a smooth underside and are slightly dished. Always wind the bobbin with holes on top and load it into bobbin holder same way; this way you always have the thread coming off the bobbin in the right direction.

It is important to always click the bobbin thread into the tension spring on the outside of the bobbin holder, there is usually an audible sound as you get it into tension. Just hold the thread tail with one hand and pull it around into the groove on the outside of the bobbin case, then put a finger onto the bobbin to hold it still, and push down on the thread tail with your index finger to push it down into the tension spring, you should hear it click in. Lift the thread tail vertically to check, the thread wont come out if its in fully.

Whenever you start a new seam ALWAYS hold the two threads at the back of the needle plate firmly as you start stitching until you've completed 4 or 5 stitches, to keep them clear of getting pulled back into the bobbin race. This saves those horrible jam ups happening when you start a seam.

Change your needle regularly to ensure it is sharp and use the right sized needle and type for the fabric you are sewing; these machines take the standard 130/7H needle system, and always install flat shank to the back of the needle bar.

Happy sewing on your vintage Elna.

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My Elna Supermatic only sews on slow speed now. Why?


It appears to be an older mechanical machine. Has a thorough cleaning and oiling been performed on it? These old machines need frequent oiling with fresh good quality sewing machine oil to keep them running smoothly. The fact that it is slowing down, indicates to me that the old oil has solidified and is sticking things. Continued use in its present state could burn up the motor.

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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How to get the needle to come up nothing will move on a 130 elna contessa


my sewing machine would do that from time to time, try turning the wheel hard enough to break the thread if it's stuck, if that doesnt work then try unscrewing the needle and turning the knob so that it lifts away from the needle then you can get a better view of whats going inside.

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if you have a manual, check and see where the feed dog lever is and make sure it's in the up position. when the feed dog is in the down position it's in the darn mode staying in one place,, but when it's in the up position the machine will sew.
here is a link for a manual, if you don't have a manual
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/instruction-manual-elna-2110.aspx

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I suspect your Super needs some degunking internally, the old dust,, fluff and oil dries up inside and goes hard and this can eventually gum up unused parts. You could take off the top and have a look, usually a couple of screws holding down the top blue cover. Use a cotton bud and denatured alcohol and clean up around the needle centring wheel internally, cleaning and some gentle movement may free it up. Mary, you may also like to join the Elna Heirlooms Yahoo Group, lots of Swiss Elna owners share their love and knowledge for these vintage machines.

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I have star series elna 62 Supermatic, free arm with blue top, auto buttonhole. It winds bobbin slowly only if started by hand turning fly wheel, but makes a clunky noise. Will not stitch or move to...


Sounds like a drive issue with your Star Series, I'd check out yellow pages and phone a few sewing machine guys until you find someone who knows the vintage Elnas and can take a look at it. Or you could join the Yahoo group Elna Heirlooms and ask some of the guys on there who know these machines well. They may give you enough info to at least take it apart and take a look inside yourself.

There are a few web sites selling parts, www. sewingpartsonline.com has parts for this model listed including a motor. http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/elna-star-62-sewing-machine-parts.aspx

This is a great machine, I have one too and love it. I bought mine 2nd hand in 1988 and it still sews beautifully, outlasting my Elna Air Electronic SU. Mine has never been to a serviceman while I've had it, I always keep it in the case and inside a cupboard, and give it a good clean and oil when I pull it out to use. Its straight stitch is beautiful to behold.


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Needle hits the white plastic where the bobbin case sits.


It may be as simple as you didnt get the needle pushed all the way up in the needle bar. Get new package of needles and try a new needle and make *sure* it goes up as far as you can push it. the reason I suggest a new pkg of needles is if one is bad in the pkg, they are probably all bad. If that doesnt fix it then the needle bar timing/height is off and need to be repaired/adjusted by a tech.

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Thanks for return email.
I took the machine to an Elna dealer who fixed the problem by by-passing the (small board) switch that returns the needle to the ready position after filling the bobbin. It is quite frustrating not having that facility after being so used to it.

Kind regards
Yolande

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