Question about Sewing Machines

1 Answer

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?

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 20 achievements.


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.

  • Sewing Machines Master
  • 1,133 Answers

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 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.

If you email me I have an Elna Carina - tally_girl_13.jpg

Posted on Mar 17, 2011


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

I need to remove the bobbin extractor from my Elna Carina. I am using a walking foot and the extractor hangs down and interferes.

You have to remove the shank(that holds your regular presser feet) and then put your walking foot.

Sep 18, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

I need to remove the bobbin extractor from my Elna Carina. I am using a walking foot and the extractor hangs down and interfers.

The spring that holds the bobbin extractor is probably stretched out causing this; as a short term fix, you could push it back up into the spring, then tape it there with masking tape. But ultimately, the spring will need to be replaced, an Elna service centre can do this simple repair. And by the way, the cute little Elna screwdriver that comes with your accessory kit can be used instead, the handle fits perfectly into the bobbin hole and can be used to remove the bobbin instead of the built in bobbin remover.

Sep 18, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

The bobbin winder on my Elna Carina will not turn when I try to wind the bobbin. Is this something I can work with or do I need to take it to my repair shop where it will not be a quick return.

You can always check on a standalone bobbin winder (like the Sidewinder) available at most fabric stores like JoAnn's or online for ~$30. It's always nice to have anyway because it saves wear-n-tear on your machine and can be used without unthreading your machine. Just be sure to confirm that your machine's bobbins will work as some do not, ie some Singer models...

Simplicity Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder

Feb 01, 2017 | Elna Sewing Machines

2 Answers

How do I clean the bobbin housing from all the fluff

A soft brush like a makeup brush will clear out the excess fluff. Remove bobbin case first. Or a can of pressurised air as used on computers.

Jun 07, 2015 | Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Elna overlocker has jammed what is wrong

Not threaded properly or lint jam in the feed dogs. I like to use an air can spray for removing lint, it better than a brush which tends to pack the lint instead of removing it.

Oct 20, 2014 | Sewing Machines

1 Answer

I would like to oil my elna 6003 but the manual does not show where to oil.

I'm pretty sure these have a wick in the rotary hook under the black plastic bobbin holder where the bobbin sits. Everything else is nylon gears or designed to be lubed during your annual recommended service by an Elna technician.

You can oil the wick yourself (don't do what I did and pull it out with tweezers, dooh). Take out the bobbin holder black bit (your manual should cover this in cleaning) and see if there is a depression/hole in the middle of the metal rotary hook. If so, just put a drop of oil in there once every couple of months.

More important is to clean out the rotary hook well regularly and everywhere else in there, just use the little brush to collect the lint, then wipe it off on a piece of cotton fabric waste to clean the brush, then clean a bit more until no lint remains. Now put the bobbin holder/case back into position lining up the marker point against the stopper. Done.

Hope this makes sense to you and matches what your machine looks like. Happy Sewing, Tally Girl

Sep 17, 2011 | Elna Quilter's Dream 6003Q

1 Answer

When the machine starts the bobbin shifts, instead of stitching it jams. I have tried to replace it but I don't seem to be having any luck. Elna 6003 quilters dream

Sounds like the bobbin case has shifted inside the rotary hook area. Have you got the manual? if so, does it give directions to remove the bobbin case as part of the cleaning instructions? If you have never taken it out, perhaps take pics with your digital camera to help you put it back in correctly. It is held in by a magnet underneath it. Remove the needle plate, pressure foot and needle, and the bobbin.

Have a good look at the bobbin case, it should have a stopper which sits against a little bump and might have two red marks to line up correctly. Are these lining up or has it shifted a little. If so, then lift out the bobbin case by holding the edge closest to you and lifting it upwards and towards you. Brush the underneath area out carefully to remove any lint or thread bits with your little brush bringing the lint out of the area and into a bin (dont push it around into the area under the rotary hook) and don't blow it out with air. Have a good look at the bobbin case too and check it for any damage, if you dislodge it while stitching the needle can strike it and as its plastic there may be little marks or bits of plastic now, if so, give them a gentle rub with fine grade sandpaper (away from the machine works) or a nail file to smooth off. I found that mine had a couple of holes and the thread was then catching on the rough edge of plastic and jamming constantly. I actually bought a new bobbin case after 3 goes to sort this out.

Now put the bobbin case back into place, lining up the red marks if it has them. Manually turn the flywheel towards you through a stitch sequence, the holder should sit still while the hook goes around it.

Reassemble the machine, rethread and test sew. I hope this helps, if you have tried all this already, then perhaps take it to your Elna dealer for further investigation/service.

Apr 05, 2011 | Elna Quilter's Dream 6003Q

1 Answer

Machine doesnt switch off keeps running slowly

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

Apr 01, 2010 | Elna Sewing Machines

1 Answer

Elna Sewing machine jammed

What type of elna and do you know how it was jammed?

If concerns bobbin area - make sure you have all lint and thread cleaned out. That could be jamming it.

Feb 12, 2010 | Elna 1010

1 Answer

Elna Carine Electronic Sewing Machine

You should be able to buy a manual online but it may be a cd or image pdf file. Try or If they don't have the Carina but have the Air Electronic SU, model 68 then this will be almost the same. Main difference is the Carina has the needle up/down button.

Here is threading up images to get you started.


Sep 21, 2008 | Elna 8007

Not finding what you are looking for?
Sewing Machines Logo

Related Topics:

166 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Sewing Machines Experts

Tally Girl
Tally Girl

Level 3 Expert

1133 Answers

Chris Wetmore

Level 2 Expert

185 Answers


Level 3 Expert

79186 Answers

Are you a Sewing Machine Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides