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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Elna Lotus (new 2012 model) Love Thread ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Date: 8/7/12 7:44 PM


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2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
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Date: 8/7/12 7:48 PM

I bought one of these for my granddaughter's 7th birthday this summer. It's a great little machine!

Some features that have made it super for her:

Electronic. No machine "groaning" before it kicks into gear and gets moving.

Start/Stop Button on front. No need for foot pedal if you choose - she really, really, really likes this. (and so do I, now that I've had a chance to try it!)

Speed control (call it a "throttle" or "speed governor") is super - she goes super slow on some things... and she sails along on other tasks without getting freaked out. lol

Super easy display of stitches and what foot is appropriate. She changes out feet for different tasks easily already!

Auto Thread Cutter. Simple push of button... love it! No having to hold threads to the rear when getting started, etc... we haven't had one single bird's nest happen!

Drop in bobbin/clear view. She has an easy time getting the bobbins inserted properly.

She worked on her machine today for the first time with no help. I had been looking over her shoulder when she threaded the machine, loaded the bobbin, etc... but she's on her own with it now already. Gotta love that. The simple numbered directions for threading the machine and loading bobbins can't be beat.

I'll post more later... gotta run.... but hope this thread helps some people get to know this little machine. :)

Oh.. PS... my granddaughter got two simple sundresses done (one for her, one for her mom) and entered into our County Fair this week. Stay tuned... we find out in 2 days whether she scored ribbons or not!
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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 8/7/12 10:15 PM

Sure is awful cute. What is the pricing like?

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Date: 8/8/12 0:40 AM

Paid $900.

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Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
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APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 8/8/12 0:41 AM

Oh. Which means if you don't live in F'n Colorado*, you can probably buy the thing for $700.

*Official statement: I love it here. Colorado's been good to me. But dang, it's a sewing machine/decent-fabric-store wasteland!

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 8/8/12 5:09 AM

Michigan must qualify also, then, since the price I was quoted was $950.

Yay for your granddaughter's work! Two sundresses--I am impressed!

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Date: 8/8/12 5:25 AM

What a cute machine!!! Your granddaughter must love it. Have you been tempted to take it for a spin?

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Date: 8/8/12 10:04 AM

I've used it to construct two quilted handbags... and I used it to piece about half of a full size quilt top. Used my Elna 62 to piece the other half.

I'll be buying a second one for me for a tote-around machine so I can leave the expensive babies at home where they belong. This will also be a good thing so my granddaughter can take her machine home soon and she'll still have an identical machine here to work on when she's with me.

A few things: I bought the walking foot for it, and it works fabulously (given it's not a $4,000 Pfaff!)

Currently, the kiddie-size-sewing table is my coffee table (I've got a big square one). So the kidlet has got a cutting mat, all of her tools (from her own sewing basket) and a Little Mermaid chair completing her own little "nest" in the middle of my living room. lol This works well so I can just sit behind her on the sofa and see how she's doing.

She was sewing great 1/4" seams (with a 1/4" guide foot I bought) to make straps for her latest little sundress all on her own yesterday. The machine, for the most part, tells her what feet to use for what stitches - so she's had a chance to try quite a few things already - even on these simplest of projects.

I also got her an overcasting foot (worked very, very well - even on cheapo thin cotton from Walmart) that worked to finish off the bottom raw edge before using the blind hem foot (that was included.)

Yesterday was the first day that I let her just "go to it" without me sitting behind her.

She felt like a real big-shot. :)

She also found a pattern for a dress when we were out and about over the weekend. Her school (2nd grade this year!) starts in 5 days - so I'm probably going to cut that one out for her today but let her do the sewing on it.

One of the biggest challenges (it seems) was finding a pair of dressmaker quality scissors that a little hand can use. Her hand isn't big enough to be able to open most scissors... but Gingher makes a dressmaker quality scissor in a 4" rounded tip shape. I really wasn't wanting the rounded points - but to get the sharp, quality scissor in a 4" anything was a great thing for her.

This machine really seems booby-proof. Things that would have jammed up other mechanical machines just don't faze this one. It's perfect, IMO, to give the kid a great chance at learning to sew without having loads of frustrating moments with a crappy .... err..."challenging" machine.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 8/8/12 10:07 AM

Oh... kinda too bad that photos above don't show it with the cover removed.

It's a really cute open arm machine - and that's how my granddaughter likes to use it... she seems to have more control by being able to have her hands guiding fabric in front of the open arm instead of being "on top of" the fabric when the flaps are still on the thing.

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My projects (and life and times!) are on www.RipStitcher.com

Wish list:
Bernina 550QE (for it's cute little footprint)
Sashiko
Ovation serger
APQS George ... oh heck... go Millie!

2014: Sold the 7700 to make room for a 5.5mm machine alongside side my Ellie.
2013: Wow.. no real new toys - too much family drama!!!!
2012: New Elna Lotus for granddaughter, Red Elna Press, Horizon 7700, Gidget 2 Table, Babylock Ellisimo Gold
1970's: Elna SU62 & ElnaPress

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Date: 8/8/12 8:15 PM

Well, this machine is growing on me now. I like it! its perfect for a beginner, or for a travel/toter/back-up. I really like the top storage for the feet and the way the spool pin is recessed. what i like most is the thread-cutter! Its a first for me to see a cutter on a basic machine with 18 stitches. NICE touch! I like the flaps..that makes for a very tidy, self-contained little package. Now there aren't many stitches but it does include the blanket stitch, which is nice. I do feel the $900-ish price point is a little high but I remember thinking the same thing about the Jem Platinum 760..i think the 760 was around $700 when it came out. The price gradually dropped over time to around $500...and less once they were discontinued...but they weren't plentiful by then. They had many more stitches but no cutter, no flaps, no speed speed control (?), no on-board storage other than a chintzy too-small, awkward compartment. But they sewed as well as the big models. The needle position is something you have to get used to...its not misplaced, but it feels as though it is bc its a completely new design.

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