Question about Elna Sewing Machines
Push down on the shiny metal centre spindle that holds the cam, this pops the cam up off the little "finger" that it locks onto. If you can't push down at all, try dribbling some good quality sewing machine oil (tri-flow if you can get it, its brilliant) down the centre of this spindle and give it an hour or so, then try again. The cam won't just pull off, you need to push the metal spindle down for it to release.
Posted on Jul 04, 2015
SOURCE: Elna Carina Zig'Zag Stitch Issue
Over time, and especially when not used, there is a likelihood of dust and old oil forming a sort of glue, or clag....
Remove the needle for safety, then, when you have the setting on Zig zag, gently push the needle arm to the opposite side of the zig stitch.......release the needle arm, and if it springs back quickly, it is fine, if it moves slowly, or almost not at all, then the clag needs removing with application of few drops of methylated spirit to start, at the sort of piston affair that shifts needle arm L & R .....move the needle arm back & forth until it frees up, a drop of oil to finish.........if almost seized, may require leaving overnight after using a penetrating lubricant if it is really resistant....I have had them on the bench for 3 days with manual manipulation a few times each day before they finally come good.
Posted on Feb 01, 2008
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
thought I had a manual with an image of this but can't find it.
But pretty simple.
Place thread onto one of the spool pins at the back right, and pull thread across to the left and around the white blob on top of the machine head then back to the right to the little thread eyelet, down through this and down to the thread guide taking thread around it from the right and back up on the left side, back up and through the thread take up lever, then down again catching behidn the little thread guide, then to needle bar thread guide, then to needle eye.
ALWAYS HOLD THE two threads firmly behind the pressure foot when you start sewing - Really important.
Always wind and insert the bobbin with the holes on top, smooth side downwards. Place bobbin into bobbin holder and take thread take towards you and into the tension spring groove, pressing down on the thread with your finger until you hear it click into the tension spring. pull back the other way to check it is in there, if it comes out, do it again.
Bobbin will rotate anticlockwise when you pull the thread.
THen put needle plate cover down and draw bottom thread to the top using flywheel or the needle up/down button on these lovely machines.
Hope this helps, if not post again and I'll dig out images from my SU manual.
Posted on Jun 08, 2011
SOURCE: Elna Carina service
Search yellow pages for local sewing machine repair men, then ring them and ask if they can replace the capacitors on your machine. If they start talking knowledgably about the Carina then I'd take it to them. In user groups, these types of technicians are called OSMG (old sewing machine guy) and they are worth their salt. There is also White Sewing Center in USA. website www.whitesewingcenter.com, and they specialise in Swiss Elnas.
Posted on Jun 16, 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
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