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How do I remove the cam from an Elna Air Electronic SU?

The machine is working, but we have no manual. I can't find any way to remove it, and we have 17 other cams to try. The cam has probably been on the machine for twenty years or more. Perhaps it is just seized?

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    quiltdyer Dec 21, 2012

    Thank you so much for the suggested solution from dlloyd44 for the solution to my problem! It works!

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Try going to the sites of
sewvacdoctor.com
a1sewingmachines.com
and call them or email about a manual and how to get the cam off
that way the cam doesn't get broken

Posted on Dec 21, 2012

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    quiltdyer Dec 21, 2012

    Thanks for your suggestions. The second link you gave didn't work for me.

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SOURCE: have a 1970's elna su supermatic but cams don't work

There are two types of discs - single and double.
For the thinner single discs do as follows:
1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the single disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch length or width you wish. I usually try "3" for the width and 1/2 for the length to start.

For the thicker double discs do as follows:

1.Turn stitch width knob to "0"
2. Turn stitch length knob to "0"
3. Insert the double disc
4. Turn the top selector to "A"
5. Make sure the needle selector is in the centered position.
6. You may now choose any stitch width.
7. The stitch length must be put on "A" - this is the difference between the single and double discs!
I hope this helps!

Posted on Apr 09, 2009

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SOURCE: What make of walking foot

You need a low shank style walking foot. Even back in the 80's when your SU air electronic was new, the walking foot sold by Elna was an after market one, and not made by Tavaro. Same with the ruffler attachment, it was after market and actually fitted quite a few makes of machine.

I would just ask the dealer/shop if they will refund your money if you find it doesn't work just in case.

There is a low shank one on sewingpartsonline.com
http://www.sewingpartsonline.com/walking-foot-low-shank-p60444.aspx and they list the SU as compatible with it.

Take off the foot holder on your mache, and you need to fit the little open ended arm over the needle bar and the foot bracket onto the foot with your machine's regular thumb screw. The up and down movement of the needle bar operates the walking foot.

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