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I have an Elna Carina Electonic machine. It was just tuned up, but got jammed up in the bobbin. I took it out, used brush to get all lint out but now cannot get the bobbin unit back in an working. No help using the owners manual. The black disc seems to be my trouble, not a clue how it is positioned or how the metal piece of bobbin casing fits with the 2 screws holding it in place. I am not a great seamstress, and may never be again! any ideas for my machine?

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Lovely machine, don't dispair. You need to turn the rotary hook with your flywheel so that the open side of the hook is facing you. Now move the black inner piece around inside so that the cutout side is facing you too and just a bit to the left. Now lower the bobbin holder in with the metal arms facing towards you , they should slip in between the outer parts. You want the two bobbin case screws to line up with the holes underneath, just give it a bit of a wiggle until you feel it drop into place. Now screw in the two screws on the bobbin holder with your mini screwdriver from your kit to secure.

Now rotate the flywheel towards you, the bobbin holder should stay still while the rotary hook goes around.

If you have any issues feel free to email me on cwrogers@tpg.com.au and I'll try to elaborate or take a pic of the process tonight.

And remember to hold the two threads when you start a seam at the back for a few stitches to avoid the thread jams, just a quirk on these machines but I love them so much.

Hope this helps you.





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