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I have a old Elna machine. The air electronic SU 390 B. I have lost the manual and am trying to do buttonholes on a dress. I have forgotten the sequence of nob adjustments to complete the process.

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    Tally Girl Mar 03, 2011

    Just checking you have the air electronic SU model ? this has three knobs across the front and a little picture of stitches to the left of these? And the Elna-graph flap on top for the elna discs to go into?

    If so, I have the manual at home and can scan you the buttonholing pages. But from memory, there is a blue buttonhole icon on the stitch length knob and blue numbers 1-4 on the stitch width dial. So you set the stitch selector to zigzag, and then set the length to the blue buttonhole icon and start on the blue 1 on the stitch width. This sews the first bar tack, then switch to blue 2, for sewing down one side, then 3 for other bartack, then 4 to sew back up the other side. Then I think there was a blue dot to stitch a couple of stitches in place to lock off. There should be a buttonholing foot which is long slide with slot in the back end to hold the button so your buttonhole stitches out to the right length.

    Hope this helps, if you'd like me to scan you the right page, please ask.
    cheers
    Carolyn

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Is this the duplex model with the base that fits into a sewing cabinet?

My Elna booklet lists a SP "air electronic" duplex (CL.39), if so, then it would be same stitches as the 38, yellow front panel, 7 built in stitches and automatic knob with blue markings for buttonholing.

Here is the SU manual images for buttonholing, should be exactly the same for the SP.

I have a old Elna - tally_girl_4.jpg Instructions are:
use buttonhole foot. turn the 3 dials to buttonhole marked in blue (stitch selection, width and length).
Mark length of buttonhol on the material. Place work under foot with the mark in the middile fo the foot, the start being directly below the needle. sew the first side, raise the needle. Turn stitch width dial to 2, blue. Sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to 3 blue. sew the second side. stop just short of the first side. Raise the needle.
turn the stitch width dial to 4 blue. sew a few stitches for bartack. Raise the needle.
Turn stitch width dial to "fastening off stitch" blue dot. Sew a few stitches, holding back the material by hand. Raise needle, lift pressure foot and remove work, triming off threads.
Open the buttonhole with your seam ripper (put a pin across the end to avoid any nasties).

Posted on Mar 07, 2011

  • Jane Kirkham Sep 03, 2012

    That was very helpful,but now my machine will only do the second side. I can't make another buttonhole and don't know what to do. Can you help?

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