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|Elna:TX Electronic (Sewing Machine)|
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|About signemarie |
|Member since: 2/10/12 |
|Reviews written: 4|
|Sewing skills:Advanced Beginner|
|sewing machines reviewed: 2|
|Posted on:||6/14/13 4:59 AM|
|Approx price paid:||$50|
|Had this machine for:||6 months|
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|What signemarie likes about this machine|
To start with, I would like to mention that I only got this Elna TX so cheap because it came without accesories and is severely cosmetically challenged. The accesory tray is a refurbished Lotus ZZ model (brown velvet). The front and top flap are not original TX plastic flaps, but Lotus ZZ metal flaps. There is a rough cutout in the top flap to make room for the thread take-up. That last part especially doesn't look too pretty. But the machine, oh, it's a nice one!
It sews 12 stitches including stretch (3gstep) zig zag, blind st, tricot stitch and a basic overlock stitch. I am pretty impressed with the stich range for such an old machine. All produce neat, well-balanced stitching, especially the straight and tricot stitch are very good looking! It also has a 4 step buttonhole that works very well for a 4step.
I love that it's so small and compact. It is quite noisy compared to my Elna ZZ (but I think that model is renowned for it's inobtrusive humming). I love the air controlled foot pedal, very easy and pleasant to push, even with bare feet or socks.
It chews knits and medium to thick fabrics like there's no tomorrow, but what really impress me about this machine is the speed! My god, it sews so friggin fast without compromising stitch quality. Completely seamless transition between paces - oh, it has a speed control on the side with a little turtle and hare symbols at each end.
All in all, I would buy this machine again. In normal cosmetic condition (and fully functioning), I would say that up to $200 could be a decent price. The stitching and speed are that great.
What signemarie does not like about this machine
It works with a twin needle, but there is no second thread holder. I just wind my second thread on a bobbin and put it in the (empty) accesory tray.
It's not super happy about very delicate fabrics (but I suppose few machines are), you have to go slow to prevent puckering.
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