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quilting123
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Date: 12/19/08 7:31 PM

I want to buy one of these older Elna machines. Does anyone have any experience with them since the reviews I have read here seem to say they are very good. Are they quiet also because the machine I have now is a clunker? How much would I probably spend on one? After I buy one of these I would also like to buy the smaller Lotus. Has anyone had any experience with this one?
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Date: 12/19/08 8:34 PM

I have an Air Electronic, and you will have to pry it from my cold dead hands. Not just because it came from my grandmother, but because it has never let me down. It purrs just like an expensive swiss watch. I love how it is light weight and portable, yet it is all metal and very sturdy.

My mom's burned out the motor several years ago and I picked one up on Ebay for $300. I don't know what you would have to pay now, but you do see them once and awhile.
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Date: 12/19/08 9:00 PM

I bought an Elna Air Electronic almost thirty years ago. It has been a great machine - very dependable -

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Date: 12/19/08 9:58 PM

If you want to buy a good elna, Ray White is the man, the "Elna guy"
http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/ebaybargains.php

http://www.whitesewingcenter.com/page3.php
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Date: 12/19/08 10:03 PM

I have an old Elna Su which I love and will never part with- does a great stitch. I bought a wee Lotus for my DD about 10yrs ago for her to learn to sew. She is still using it - she not only makes some of her clothes but she uses it to piece quilts. She uses my newer machines for the actual quilting. There is a good heirloom Elna group over on yahoo which is very active

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Date: 12/20/08 0:29 AM

I have an Elna Air Electronic which I bought in 1979. It's secondary to my Viking Rose now, but it is a wonderful sturdy little machine and quite portable though heavy for it's size (it has a metal housing). I will never sell it and if I had to choose which machine to save in case of fire, I might just choose my Elna.

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Date: 12/20/08 12:11 PM

I, too, own an Elna Carina SU 66, which I purchased new in 1984. I recently had it factory serviced and restored. I also own a "computerized" Viking 400, which is a fine machine but given the choice, I still pick the Elna every time! I doubt that any sewer who has one, will part with it. They just don't make 'em like this anymore.

They're getting more and more difficult to find nowadays. The name Elna is still around, but the company that manufactured them is not. The name was sold to Janome. Also, the air electronic foot controls are no longer being manufactured. They are mostly plastic so if you need a replacement, and many people do, they will be at a premium.

Check out Ray White's website as someone here also suggested. Also yahoo groups has an elnaheirloom group that has a lot of information.

They used to have an advertising campaign "I love my Elna" and no truer words were ever said. I love my Elna.

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Date: 5/16/09 9:27 AM

Hi,
I just found your post where you stated "I, too, own an Elna Carina SU 66, which I purchased new in 1984. I recently had it factory serviced and restored."
Can you please tell me where you sent this machine to do this, possibly a link or phone contact? My mother is 79 yrs. old and is having trouble deciding what to do, repair or new. She loves her Elna, this same model, and getting confused about the wisest decision for her needs.
I will GREATLY appreciate your reply. I just joined this forum & saw your post and so hope to hear from you and your opinion on how your Elna worked after the repair.
My mother's machine won't zigzag. She loves it and is having trouble finding someone dependable that can repair it, or even an Elna Dealer.
Again, thank you and I hope to hear from you.
Sent a PM then read you have to be a member for 5 days to send one, so now posting this.

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Date: 5/16/09 10:28 AM

I had an Air Electronic (not the top model but the second-to-top), and parted with it most reluctantly when I moved to Japan (different voltage).

My mother was devoted to Husqvarna, but I loved my Elna because...

The bottom thread never snarled, the top tension was always dream-perfect. Thanks to that, I got into the habit of flat-felling all my seams and adding piping to edges, because they turned out so beautifully. (Golden haze of memory...).

It had revolutionary new (=now perfectly ordinary) useful stitches such as the triple straight stitch and 3-step zigzag. They weren't decorative, but useful.

I could build up a considerable head of steam and ROAR down my seams with never a skipped stitch, broken needle, etc.

On my mother's machine, I sewed out of sheer desperation and according to my mother shocked the minister who happened to overhear my language...but with my Elna, I looked forward to sewing, and was never tempted to use unladylike language!

P.S. Yes these old Elnas have metal parts (not nylon), they last and last, but you should make sure you have a machine that has been serviced regularly,
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Date: 5/16/09 10:55 AM

What would you consider regular servicing? I am fortunate to have a very good dealer that is about 30 mins drive from here, but honestly I don't like giving it up for a week. Dh has been able to oil it and clean it some. Should I be concerned that it doesn't get "professionally serviced"?

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