20 Most Recent Elna 3210 Mechanical Sewing Machine Questions & Answers

* Try to hold the end of the top thread towards to the back of the machine while you turn the hand wheel towards you .* Have the tension on top set to four.
* Check the bobbin tension. It should be set to set to four. This is an equivalent pull with the above tension.
*If this doesn't work the machine will need to be "timed" properly. Your local repairman can help.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Sep 05, 2017

How long since it was last serviced? Sounds like it could use some TLC from your local sewing machine tech.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Apr 20, 2017

Use a different stitch, use the triple zig zag or serpentine stitch so he needle is going through the fabric three or four times as it swings left to right.ma plain zigzag, because thread is tensioned, will pull lightweight fabric up. Try another raw edge finish, such as french seams, pinking shears or overcasting stitch. Of course for professional looking seams an overlocker (serger) is the answer as it has blades that trim the fabric edge and neaten with 2, 3 or 4 thread seam, encasing the raw edge.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Apr 28, 2015

they are either the type that screw on or ones that push in a hole .turn it up and look it over

Elna 3210... | Answered on Mar 10, 2015

When zig zagging over a raw edge, the tension on the thread will pull in the fabric, especially in lightweight cottons or even lighter organza. Its not the best edging method for very light weight fabrics. You can try using a smaller zig zag, loosening off the top tension a little bit. Or if your machine has it, use the triple zig zag or serpentine stitch, where the needle goes through the fabric three times to make up each zig stitch, this stitch is better for edging most fabrics and is my preferred stitch.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Feb 01, 2015

Zigzagging on the raw edge of a lightweight fabric will pull up, because the needle is swinging to the right side off the fabric, bet solution is to use the three step zigzag to overcast the raw edge, it looks like a zigzag mad of dots in the stitch icon. Dont know your model well, but its late model so should have this stitch.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Nov 26, 2014

When you drop the feed dogs they drop instantly. When you raise them it takes 1-2 stitches for them to com back up. Move the switch on the back to the up position and sew a couple of stitches.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Aug 22, 2014

try go to the elna website and go to contact us, and contact elna
customer service and ask them about oiling the machine , it may
be a self oiling sewing machine.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Mar 30, 2013

This sounds like the thread is not in your take up lever, are you sure that it is threaded correctly? Maybe it is wrapping around one of the eyelets or the take up lever rather than just going through the eyelet. The fact that the thread is wearing at the needle is indicative that the thread is too tight when the needle goes downwards. Is your top tension set too high perhaps. The skipping stitches part is normally indicative of either a blunt needle, using a sharp needle on knit fabric, or the timing is out slightly.
You should be able to trouble shoot the first two options. For the timing, will it sew a zig zag stitch at all? If timing is out or you've tried all the other trouble shooting; I'd suggest a trip to the serviceman.

Elna 3210... | Answered on Oct 03, 2011


First of all you should visit your manfacturer website to download a manual for your model

Following the instruction manual, unscrew & remove the throat plate (needle plate) from the machine.

Using the brush supplied or a clean paintbrush, remove all the lint from the machine. You have a front loading bobbin in your machine so also clean out this area.
Using a bit of the suction from the vacuum cleaner wouldnt hurt either.

Make sure that all fabric & thread from the fabric jam is removed.
It is more than likely that your needle was blunt or broken & the needle has actually pushed the fabric etc into the hole in the throat plate.

Once all that is done then put the throat plate back in, rethread your machine & reinsert the bobbin following the directions in your manual.

If after all that you still have a problem I would take your machine to a repair place & get them to look at it.""

Elna 3210... | Answered on Aug 10, 2011

go to website---doplodocs.com--they have manuals in pdf -for free
go to the alphebet letters on left hand side -find letter of your sewing machine for example-elna-go to the E-& click on it- it will take you to the next page--in the big orange box find the name elna--click on it--then it will take you to the next page & the large orange box on left down toward bottom says -MOST COMMON SEARCHES- look for your model number & click on it- then go to the last page & the box on the left that says-FIND USER GUIDE FOR ELNA & download
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Elna 3210... | Answered on Apr 16, 2011

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