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Message Board > Sewing Machines > Made my first eBay machine purchase (Elna 744) ( Moderated by Sharon1952, EleanorSews)

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Made my first eBay machine purchase (Elna 744)
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Date: 5/21/06 11:53 PM

Hello All,

Well, I took the plunge and purchased a slightly used (for 3 months) Elna 744 serger that I'd heard great things about from folks on this list. The only reason I got it from eBay (using a seller with 100% postive feedback) is that there are no local Elna dealers from whom I could have purchased it in town, so I figured long distance is long distance.

So, what's the next step? What should I look for and/or do when it arrives? I've used Pfaff sergers for over ten years and will still use my very good Pfaff 4852. I purchased the Elna 744 to be a designated coverstitch machine (it has three, yippee!). I'm pretty adept at serger threading, reading stitches for tension problems, etc, but am still new to this sewing-machine-arrives-in-the-mail idea.

How do you kick the tires, so to speak?

Thanks,
Lisa

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Date: 5/22/06 0:50 AM

Lisa - my Pfaff 4862 is very similar to the Elna 744 - it uses a lot of the same feet so you will find most of your Pfaff feet will work on it. The benefit as you say is the 3 coverstitches and one fantastic feature is the pop out needles for ease of threading. I wanted the Elna but they're not well supported near me and I really like my Pfaff now.

I think the threading is really similar, tension releases are similar, auto tensions etc. I don't think you'll have a lot to learn - sorry.

However, Kylnne2 is the font of all knowledge re the 744. I don't think you can PM here but she's sure to pick your post up and respond.

Hope you enjoy it.

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Date: 5/22/06 9:35 AM

I have bought 2 machines now on ebay with great satisfaction both times. When you get it, first look for obvious damage, and then set it up and play. If everything seems fine then get on ebay and leave positive feed back for your seller.
If there is a problem contact the seller right away and give them a chance to resolve things before you leave them negative feedback.

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Date: 5/22/06 4:12 PM

Congratulations Lisa on your new 744. I think you will love it, especially for the auto tensions and tilt needles as Maree posted. If you already own a Pfaff 4852 the 744 will be a breeze to learn because of the similar design. There is a video for the 744 you can get from Elna if your serger arrives without one and you wish to have one. Enjoy ..

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Date: 5/24/06 2:27 PM

What to look for when it arrives? Damage!

If you open the box and see lots of peanuts -- or even worse, newspaper confetti - then check everything very closely for damage.

Not saying it happens to all of them -- but when a 20 or 30 pound machine starts moving around inside a cardboard box, those little styrofoam peanuts aren't much help at all! Imagine what would happen if you swung a sledgehammer into a stack of foam peanuts -- and that's only 5 or 6 pounds! Now imaging a 20 or 30 pound sledgehammer head inside that box -- and the shipper is dropping the box over and over again. Shudder!!! Look for that sort of damage -- bent thread spool pins, bent feet, shattered handwheel's, etc.

If you see hard pieces of foam, or stiff rolls of cardboard when you open the box, then there's a good chance the seller actually knew how to pack a sewing machine. You're probably going to be okay.

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Date: 5/24/06 4:08 PM

You have 90 days to post feedback. so don't rush. Make sure all is well. I have twice made the mistake of posting positive feedback too quickly and found the seller less motivated to work with me on a problem.

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Date: 6/1/06 10:44 PM

Hello Ladies!!!

This is my first post here at Pattern Review.

I want to tell you how VERY helpful this site has been to me.

I recently purchased a serger in Target. It was a EuroPro and it was clearanced to $139. I knew NOTHING about sergers and really wasn't looking for one as I thought they were unafordable. Well I had immediate serger lust. I have been sewing since I was in 9th grade and we are empty-nesters now so I have finally taken one of the bedrooms and made myself a sewing room.

I took that serger home and sewed my first serged seem . . . and I was thrilled to pieces. I read the whole manual twice, went to the libarary and took home 5 serger books. Did lots of research, ordered 6 feet for it and then went up to the sewing room to make practice potholders. One beautiful potholder and the next seem was a huge Kerplunk!!!! Timing must have gone out as one of the internal arms bottomed out before making a full rotation. I was crushed. Took it back and looked at the display model. It had the identical problem!!!!

Needless to say I was very, very sad. I got on the internet and learned all I could about many models and went to a couple local dealers (talk about sticker shock!).

Well . . . after reading the VERY helpful reviews here and the posts about various models, I purchased an Elna 744 from Ebay for a total of $399.00. Seller says it is refurbished and operating flawlessly. He is selling many used sewing machine and sergers and has a great rating, so I trust my "new-to-me" serger will be humming on my sewing table in about a week.

I can't wait to tell you that I am enjoying my serger as much as you ladies (and gentlemen).

Thanks again!! (sorry for the l-o-n-g post)

Blessings!
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Date: 6/2/06 3:31 AM

Rosie - so glad you could join PR. Congrats on the new 744 - I'm sure you'll love it.

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Date: 6/2/06 3:34 AM

Rosie, what a bargain you got for your 744. I paid double that for my Elna. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine. There is a video for the 744. If your machine doesn't come with one you might want to ask an Elna dealer for it. Congratulations.

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Date: 6/2/06 10:49 AM

Hi All,
As for my new to me Elna 744 from eBay; "So far, so good!"

It came in the original box, surrounded by stiff foam slats. The machine was clean and looked shiny new. All the pieces were there, even a pack of schmetz needles.

Though I paid more than AlwaysRosie did (you lucky duck!), I'm very pleased so far. I've already used the triple cover hem feature and will next branch out to the other two cover stitches. The Elna 744 is set up next to my Pfaff 4852 serger and looks like its long-lost sister.

I'm pleased so far, but want to do more sewing with it to make sure all is truly well. A good eBay sewing machine purchase, so far.

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