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I've borrowed an old elna machine and I used it fine a year ago, but this year I've forgotten how to thread it and how the bobbin threading works as well. Could you please help?

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Go to www.sewusa.com and you can see threading of different machines. You can buy a manual from them also. You tube shows how to thread machines also. Good luck

Posted on Jan 01, 2011

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    Tally Girl Jul 14, 2011

    How did you go with your vintage Elna. If you are not familiar with the Swiss Elnas, the following may help you.

    Early models would have 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. If this model has red dots, then definitely give each dot 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. Also brush out the bobbin holder area with a little brush first.

    Also, use Elna bobbins only, they are very distinctive and only have holes on the top smooth underside. Wind the bobbin with holes on top and load it into bobbin holder same way; this way you always have the thread onto the bobbin flowing in the right direction. And 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.

    Lastly, HOLD the two threads at the back of the needle plate when you start a seam, to keep them clear of getting pulled back into the bobbin race. Always good practice and saves little jams happening.

    The Swiss Elnas are beautifully made machines and there are many loyal owners of 40+ year old machines out there still sewing away - Yahoo has a user group called "Elna Heirlooms" where many fellow Swiss Elnas swap info, you may wish to join up.

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Have a look at the image above, you need to load the bobbin in and click the thread into the tension spring so it doesn't lift back out when you pull the thread upwards. There should be an audible click as it goes in.

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It is a front loading bobbin and removabel bobbin case so I think the bobbin is a plastic "Class 15" - like this http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/bobbins-class-15-plastic-10-pack.aspx

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