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Elna:520 (Sewing Machine)
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Review rated Helpful by 3 people   Very Helpful by 2 people   
Reviewed by:Lemoncake
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Member since: 10/31/13
Reviews written: 2
Sewing skills:Intermediate
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Posted on:11/19/13 6:59 AM
Had this machine for:5 days
Recommended? Yes
Online Merchants:Amazon.com
Elna 520Features
  • Computerized
  • Needle Threader
  • Needle Up/Down Setting
  • One step buttonhole
  • Drop-In bobbin
  • Free Arm
  • Adjustable Stitch Length and Width
  • Adjustable Presser Foot Pressure
  • Adjustable Needle Position
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This machine has a good variety of stitches for dressmaking. The automatic button holes are so helpful! I find it very easy to use even though this is a big step up from my previous beginner level mechanical machine. It copes with all thicknesses of fabrics and does not try to "eat" softer fabrics which my old machine used to consume.

The Elna 520 is good looking - perhaps a strange observation, but I find many machines unattractive. It is ergonomically designed and just has a good feel to use.

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There is no proper storage for feet etc. It is noisier than I thought it would be and, when the bobbin is not full, I am aware of it jumping around.

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erinsluck said...
Ken's Sewing center has a mat that absorbs vibration and noise. Think it says Janome. If you aren't happy with it this soon could you trade for something without loss you like better?
11/19/13 8:50 AM
Mufffet said...
The Janome muffling mat is absolutely great - better by far than the cushy stuff from the hardware store - but actually your machine shouldn't jump around - ask your dealer about your issues - this is a nice machine and costs in the mid range and should NOT have this issue. Nor should it have bobbin clattering. Perhaps your dealer can work with you on these issues! :)
11/19/13 10:14 AM
Lemoncake said...
Thank you for your advice! I am certainly going to look for that muffling mat and to speak to the dealer about the bobbin. I have actually noticed that it only happens when the bobbin is nearly empty. I suppose that makes sense!
11/20/13 8:51 AM
AminaHijabi said...
how much did you pay?
11/20/13 6:47 PM
bestgrammy said...
I think you are saying that when the bobbin is not full then it...the bobbin...jumps around...rather than the sewing machine jumps around, right? Are you happy with this sewing machine? You gave it a yes recommendation. It would be nice to have more information...but I do appreciate you writing a review. Are you using the bobbins that came with the machine? IMHO...if the bobbin is jumping...even when only not full...then the bobbin is too small for its bobbin holder...even if only very slightly.
11/21/13 1:34 PM
Mufffet said...
At my dealer's the 540 is 699, so I wonder what the 520 is?! Amina - good point! We would love to see the price a person paid.
11/22/13 4:52 PM
Lemoncake said...
I live in South Africa and paid R6 999 (South African Rands) I am not sure what this converts to. I have just made a lovely dress out of Viscose and the machine handled it beautifully. My old machine used the struggle with Viscose.
11/23/13 3:41 AM
sammyowner said...
In Canada the machine retails for $599. My machine doesnot vibrate.
11/23/13 11:29 PM
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