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My vintage Elna Sewing Machine model 68 is a workhorse. The plastic cover over the upper tension area has broken off. Where can I find a replacement part?

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Hello, Please can you tell me how to lower the dogs teeth on Elna SU airelectronic 68 so as to do free hand embroidery. Thank you julie Roberts


The owner's manual would have that information. If you don't have it, here's one:

Instruction Manual Elna 68

unfortunately, Elna manuals are usually not free

You could probably also ask your Elna dealer how to do darning on your machine. You will also need a darning or free motion quilting foot for your machine. Your machine either has the ability to raise/lower the feed dogs or the machine came with a darning plate to cover the feed dogs.

The following video series may have some information:
Vintage Elna Air Electronic SU Sewing Machine Series Part Overview

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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.

on Oct 02, 2011 | Elna Sewing Machines

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What is the rght tension for The Elna Contessa 410 sewing machine?


Every machine is different, so a "right" tension will vary. The factory standard tension setting is the midway point between high & low number...BUT that needs to be tweaked per your machine.

Skipped stitches? Be sure to use a brand new needle and a needle that is compatible with the thread and fabric you are sewing. (Replacing an old needle is the most common and least expensive fix for a lot of machine problems.)

Optimal tension is when the upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

Basic Maintenance Tension Skipped Stitches

What to Do If Your Sewing Machine Is Skipping Stitches

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How do i adjust the tension on elna 2003?


Not quite sure what you are asking. The upper tension is governed by the tension disk. Higher number is tighter, lower number is looser. Usually, the mid-range is a good place to start. Tension is correct when upper and bobbin threads meet in the middle of the fabric.

NOTE--ALWAYS RAISE the presser foot when threading so the thread will seat in the tension disk!

Understanding Thread Tension Threads

Sewing Lesson 10 How to Fix Tension on Your Sewing Machine

How to Adjust Sewing Machine Tension on Craftsy

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Why does the tension on my elna air electronic su 68 keep tightening up?


Firstly the SU AE is a great machine, I am assuming that the top tension is the problem as the Elna rotary hook and bobbin tension design should not be touched. (There is a little dial with numbers on and it should be set with the red number one put at the lever: don't move this from this setting.) And the top tension should be at 5 although sometimes you may move it between 4 -6 depending on the fabric you are sewing. I am wondering if the top tension dial is a bit gunked up with old thread or dust? You could check this yourself, if you turn it all the way down to zero and raise the pressure foot so that the tension discs are open. Now get a clean piece of scrap fabric with a selvage edge, cotton or calico is good. And run the selvage edge between the tension discs and see if you can remove any old gunk, black stuff from there. All thread contains dye obviously and dye particles do come off thread and can gunk up in this tension device. Also, make sure you are using good quality thread and following the correct threading path for your machine. Sounds like you might not have the manual and if this is the case, by all means contact me at tallygirl98 at yahoo dot com and I'll send you a scan of my manual. Lastly, you might find the Elna owners group really helpful, just get onto Yahoo groups and search for Elna Heirlooms group, you'll need to request membership but I've found that there are many Vintage Elna owners who are happily servicing and keeping their Swiss made Elnas ticking over sweetly and they share their knowledge. Hope this helps.
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On my elna supermatic 722010 sewing machine, the thread makes the bobbin pop out and the thread get tangled underneath. I have had it fixed twice, which is expensive. Should I just get rid of it and buy...


not unless you can find another swiss elna, like star series su. check bobbin in right way, holes on top to wind and load. you havent bought anothet type bobbin??? go to www.arizonaexpressionz.com and download a manual for supermatic. then read bobbin winding and threading carefully and rewinf bobbin and thread up again. make sure thread goes into tension spring all the way. bobbin should turn anticlockwise when yoou pull thread. also please brush clean bobbin holder area and check for any threads caught there. now a drop of quality clear machine oil in middle hole and gently run for 30secs to work in. do this every time you get your machine out. there are several oiling points shown in manual. oil them. these machines are quality but yours may need love tlc from a elna tech especially if it has not been serviced in a while. but a well maintained elna will out stitch a new plastic machine any day in my humble opinion. if you want to join yahoo group elna heirlooms, experts who service their own and share photos info manuals and love these vintage classics.

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Elna serger 925 presser foot lift lever broke off.


Here are 2 dillers that will repair it for you.

Sew Pros Inc 393 Broadway
El Cajon, CA 92021 (619) 442-3100 4.61 mi Burdick's Chula Vista Sew 278 Third Ave
Chula Vista, CA 91910 (619) 422-5325 10.56 mi


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What bobbins will work with a vintage Elna Lotus SP sewing machine?


Hi,
I did a search and found this post for you. I hope it will help.
The best-known Elna guru is Ray White, aka "Elnaman". He teaches classes on sewing machine repair but his speciality is Elnas. You can order parts or contact him at his website:
http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/index.p…

or you can contact him directly at:
Ray White
White Sewing Machine Center
PO Box 73
Bellview, MO 63623
Phone: 573-697-5841
elnaman@whitesewingcenter.com

You can also join the yahoo group "elnaheirloomsewingmachines" where very knowledgeable Elna owners/collectors share information and answer questions. Enjoy your Lotus!

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It is a cover, not a door, which is why it will not swing open. To remove it,there is a small round plastic screwhole cover which must be removed with a small, thin screwdriver or a fingernail. Once it is out ,you may remove the screw which is holding it on.
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