Member since 3/26/14
Date: 4/10/14 0:28 AM
Hi everyone, my first post is asking for your kind advise based on your expertise and experience of sewing.
I saw someone on ebay, selling her mum's Elna Pro 704 Dex for AUD$500, bought in 1998 for AU$1,800. Never been used or ran, because the mother didn't know how to thread it and probably couldn't be bothered to have a lesson. So the machine is just sitting in the cupboard.
This is something that I would love to have, the dual machine, serger and cover stitch machine, and the price is also well within my budget. I really need a new serger, would be handy to have coverstitch ability as well. But to buy brandnew dual machine like that, it is so expensive.
My question is:
1. Is it really that difficult to thread this machine? Or the lady just couldn't be bothered to take lesson?
2. The machine was not serviced, because the daughter thought, it hasn't been used. Is it worth buying if it is in this condition?
3. Is it really a good and user friendly machine?
4. Should I just forget this machine, and buy a brand new serger (as I desperately need serger more than a coverstitch machine)?
Thanks for your advice.
Member since 8/24/02
Date: 4/10/14 1:55 AM
Elna servers are generally very easy to thread.
Have you checked the server reviews?
There maybe a you tube video on the machine that might help you decide.
I have 2 elna servers old mechanical and 945 both sturdy reliable easy to thread machines
Member since 5/2/09
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Date: 4/10/14 4:02 AM
I don't think it would be difficult to thread, but 1998 was 16 years ago, and if it's just been sitting unused in the box all that long time and never oiled for 16 whole years, it might not even be able to move very good anymore, and be pretty stiff and frozen up by now, until it got re-oiled just everyplace. Also, I think the daughter, maybe because she does not sew, (?) has made a mistake in telling you it can do a cover stitch. I think it might have only one bank of regular overlock needles, does not cover stitch for a stitch choice at all, and is only a 4 thread overlocker instead. So even if it might be a neat machine, I would at least check those things out first,just in case, just since if they are important to you.
I don't have one, but looked at a picture of one, and I don't think it even has what it would take, for me to get any cover stitch kind of stitches out of it probably.
-- Edited on 4/10/14 4:06 AM --
Member since 5/16/08
Date: 4/10/14 9:47 AM
if it's just been sitting unused in the box all that long time and never oiled for 16 whole years, it might not even be able to move very good anymore, and be pretty stiff and frozen up by now,
... Also, I think the daughter, maybe because she does not sew, (?) has made a mistake in telling you it can do a cover stitch.
I agree that this machine might be in dire need of oiling.
According to this post on a Theads magazine forum, this machine does a bunch of different stitches, including a coverstitch. I would look at the machine and the manual to confirm this before I bought it.
Also, I would plug it in, then see and hear how it runs, even without thread, before agreeing to the sale. If it runs rough, or not at all, that may be a point on which to bargain with the seller.
Good luck, and tell us what you decide!
-- Edited on 4/10/14 9:49 AM --
|2 Airedales n Me
British Columbia CANADA
Member since 3/24/09
Date: 4/11/14 1:27 PM
I own the serger you've asked about and have it set permanently on coverstitch. I'm afraid I didn't find it that easy to thread - or at least to keep threaded. (Yes, I did have it serviced but it still wasn't great). After a few years of on-again-off-again success with the machine I decided to get a Baby Lock Imagine and am very happy I did that. The automatic looper threading system is just wonderful.
Member since 8/15/08
Date: 4/13/14 11:47 PM
I think the ease of threading is directly related to the amount of use. The more you thread it, the easier it gets. I have the Elna 945 and enjoy using it very much, but I also took some classes on this machine that really opened my eyes as to what the machine could really do!
I do not weep at the world I am too busy sharpening my oyster knife.
zora neal hurston
Member since 5/22/08
Date: 5/13/14 8:32 AM
I have an Elna 945 and find it quite easy to thread. My only gripe is that the manual tells you to unthread the machine before you change the setting dial. When I took lessons I was also told not to tie knots in the thread and pull them through the machine. That said I really like the machine. I agree with everyone else that the machine you are looking at will need to be oiled and a check run done before you decide to buy.
I have a Janome Mylock 634D and that IS difficult to thread. So much so that it comes from the manufacturer with the machine already threaded so that you just have to tie knots in the thread and pull it through.
Member since 7/22/09
Date: 7/22/14 2:56 PM
Hi, I see that this thread is a few months old, however---I own an Elna 704 dex, and it does indeed have a coverstitch! Just thought that should be clarified. It is a coverstitch model.
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