Question about Elna Sewing Machines
You need to set the stitch width dial to zero, the stitch length dial to zero so that the cam following arm is disengaged and moved back off the cam. Now look at the cam, it is sitting on a silver shiny spindle, press down onto this with your fingers and this will unlock the little finger which locks onto the cam, releasing the cam upwards. Press firmly and it should release.
Posted on Jul 19, 2015
Is it possible that you've lowered the feed dogs and not raised them again? Is the stitch length dial set to 2.5 and not on a buttonhole blue setting or the Automatic "A" setting?
Posted on Mar 27, 2011
There is a sewing guide available free here for the SU which is very similar to the Carina
but not an instruction Manual.
The SU, Carina, 500 and Jubilee all came with two books, instruction manual and sewing guide.
Posted on Jun 16, 2011
I can direct you to a service manual for your machine but it may be something that you need a trained Elna service technician to deal with.
Link is http://www.arizonaexpressionz.com/elna_service/air_elec_carina_elec_SM.pdf
I am more familiar with the SU air electronic where you just hold the outside of the flywheel and turn the inside knob to disengage and rengage the clutch - didn't realise the Carina had a button flywheel release until I looked in the service manual.
Anyway, you could try dismantling the flywheel following the exploded diagram in the service manual if you are technically minded.
Or just take it to a reputable serviceman, I'm a big fan to supporting these guys as their knowledge is invaluable.
Posted on Jul 13, 2011
You should be able to buy a manual online but it may be a cd or image pdf file. Try www.sewingpartsonline.com or www.sewusa.com. 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.
Posted on Sep 28, 2011
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