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Date: 3/31/04 1:19 PM

I was almost ready to buy an Elna 6001 Decorator's Touch.  But, as I was browsing through reviews on this site, I don't see very many comments about Elna machines.  Can anyone comment on them in general, and on this machine in particular.  I do see a lot of positive comments re Janome 6500 and 4800.  Would a Janome be a better purchase?  I just want a versatile, computerized machine to sew kids clothes, homedecorating, ruffles, zippers.  Whadda ya think?

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Date: 3/31/04 10:56 PM

I have an Elna 8007.   My local sewing store sold this line and I wanted the support.   I have been very pleased with it, and imagine the 6001 is quite similar, except for the embroidery.  The Elna's are made in Japan, I believe by the same company that makes the Janomes,  so are essentially the same machines.

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Date: 5/25/13 1:51 PM

I know this is an old post, but I thought I write a reply in case someone else is looking at an Elna 6001.

I've had this machine for about 8-9 years now and I love it. I've been using it steadily for mending, home decor sewing (denim slipcovers, curtains, pillows, bags etc) mainly and small alterations such as hemming up pants (denims and lighter weight fabrics as well). Recently I started to get into clothes sewing (a few light weight woven tops and linen skirts, and fine handkerchiefs so far). So I would say I am an average user.

What I like about the machine is that it handles light and heavy weight fabrics equally well. I was surprised to see how it can sew through multiple layers of denim (I wasn't expecting that). It has everything that I need and still some; decorative stitches that I have not used. I like the buttonhole feature, it is balanced or it can be adjusted so.

What I don't like, and this might be common to all sewing machines, is that you have to clean it frequently under the bobbin plate with your little brush, otherwise it stops sewing and jams the fabric and thread. Another negative is that when you stop stitching, the machine goes ahead and always makes an extra stitch. I am not sure what this feature is about, but basically this is the only thing I dislike.
I've been thinking about upgrading, just to be able to enjoy some of the new technology that's out there, but really for my needs, this machine is perfectly enough.

Here's a more in depth list of the features on the Elna 6001 that I frequently use:

- automatic needle threading,
- automatic buttonholes,
- needle down option,
- back stitching button (that automatically finishes off your stitching so it doesn't unravel),
- reverse stitching button (when you start stitching so it secures the beginning of your work but this can be also be used anywhere at the end as well, it works til you hold the button pushed in),
- slow/fast stitching speed adjustments,
- zipper installations with both invisible zipper foot/and regular zipper foot,
- the overlock stitch with the overlock foot (looks like edges overlocked with a serger) its #14 my favorite.

- the basic stitches (zig-zag, straight, etc)
- cording and piping with the optional feet.

If I can think of something else I come back and add it to the list.
But I hope this helps a little to decide on a sewing machine.

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Date: 5/25/13 7:54 PM

Elnas are now made and owned by Janome. But the Elnas have nice little touches that the equivalent Janome will not have, and Elnas have some stitches that are unique. So in general they are really nice machine! I have a bottom line Elna and it is certainly a bit nicer than a bottom line Janome, but the quality of build is probably the same - it is the features and cosmetics which are the difference. For instance my Elna, at the bottom of the line has presser foot pressure and also a nice compartmentalized accessory case that folds out rather then the pull of thing with some bottom line Janomes. But either machine line is, in my opinion, an excellent choice.

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