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Date: 6/17/09 5:27 AM

Garnering opinions on the Elna Lotus!
Anyone have one out there, how do you find it?
Any bug bears?
I'm thinking of trying to add one to the herd and may have sourced someone prepared to sell one.
I like the idea of a really lightweight and small machine but excellent stitch quality, something I can almost pop into a handbag and go out with to class or retreats.
My Nana had an Elna SU and it was fabulous but very heavy and big, but she just loved Elnas.
Any comparisons to Featherweight Singers also gratefully received, my seller some times has those too but I don't know how much he would charge for either.
How do they compare by weight?
Thanks in advance!

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Date: 6/17/09 7:31 AM

My main machine is a Lotus ZZ. I love it. I've sewn everything imaginable on it. I do have some difficulty with quilting on it - you can't drop the feed-dogs, plus the "not quite a flatbed" surface you get with the flaps down is not great for manipulating a quilt. But if you don't quilt that won't be an issue. (Although I just noticed your username...)

I love my Lotus!
-- Edited on 6/17/09 7:33 AM --

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Date: 6/17/09 9:58 AM

Oooooh, no advice/info but except to say I've decided I want one too and have been waiting to come across one to snaffle at a price I can afford.

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Date: 6/17/09 10:41 AM

Only know 2 things: owners treasure them and they are extremely hard to find.

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Date: 6/17/09 9:23 PM

Bought one for my DD 12 years ago for her to learn to sew on
great machine , really good stitch quality and I have taken it to classes. Only thing to say is you need to hold the threads ie put tension on them when starting to sew as may get a bobbin tangle or do a the first 2 stitches by hand moving the flywheel.
We will not get rid of this machine

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Date: 6/17/09 11:50 PM

My college roommate had one, and I loved to sew on it (mid 70's).It was her high school graduation gift. When we weren't using it, she stored it in the desk's file drawer.

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Date: 6/18/09 1:35 AM

Well I am hoping the person who is on the hunt for me interstate finds one for me, I think they are way more affordable in Australia than Featherweights although my seller also has those now and then so we will see later on. In the meantime it sounds like i should save my pennies for a Lotus?
I am a quilter but also sew the odd garment and household items. I have specific machines reserved to handle the quiting stage but like the idea of a lightweight transportable little machine for piecing with.
For me the biggest advantage I can see is that Lotus (well some of them) can do ZZ but FW cannot. But then there is nothing like the look of a FW either, and there are still maybe more FW around for parts?
Lotus parts can be xy but I've also heard FW motors are getting very scarce but that other motors can be rigged up to make the darling FW continue to work.
I honestly don't need the machine, since i have quite a herd these days, but would like something lightweight with a killer straight stitch.

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Date: 6/18/09 4:44 AM

I think the most amazing straight stitch of my machines is my Elna grasshopper (Elna's first ever sewing machine). It only does straight stitch, but it does it incredibly! I do have a Singer Featherweight as well, but my Lotus does most of the sewing round here. Can you guess I like little machines?
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Date: 6/29/09 1:59 AM

Hi, I have a Lotus, and a Featherweight. I use the Featherweight more often. I felt that the Lotus bounced around a lot. I absolutely love it though. A little known secret, JC Penny had a machine called a Pencrest that is just like a Lotus, just a bit bigger. The one that I own has "Flower Power" like painting on the ends. All done by the manufacture. I think that it was marketed in the early 70's. Pencrest is a smooth little machine. I found both of the on e-bay by putting Pencrest in the search engine. I came across the first one one accident and then the second one with flowers after looking for a while. It took a bit before one was listed. Sew Cool







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Date: 4/15/11 1:35 AM

I own an Elna Lotus TSP. I bought it in college around 1977-ish. I chose this one because it was the best Elna I could afford at the time. Would have loved to have a SU with all the cams, etc, but not in my nursing school budget. I had taken a free hand machine embroidery class at a local sewing shop and the class used Elnas. I was so impressed by the neatness of the satin stitch and the way the bobbin loaded (no pesky bobbin case to break) that I saved up till I could afford my own Elna.

Anyway, it is the only machine I have used since that time, with the exception of an occasional random class machine.

I have done some quilting on it. Just straight stitch type. It can get a bit unwieldy trying to get the bulk of the quilt rolled up into the area under the upper arm of the machine, but I have done it.

Yes, the feed dogs can be "lowered". Actually, they do not lower, but have a cover that snaps onto them. You set the stitch length at 0 so that they are not necessarily moving back and forth.

I've done lots of freehand embroidery on this machine with feed dogs lowered and a 0 stitch length.

I have used this machine almost exclusively for 34 years now. Has made everything from my own wedding party attire to my daughter's wedding gown and flower girl dresses. I've made all my lined tailored drapes, quilts, baby clothes, kids play-clothes, PJs, bathing suits, Halloween costumes, party clothes, bathrobes, maternity wear, etc. I've used every kind of fabric imaginable. Done tons of machine applique as this has a beautiful satin stitch.

I love my machine!

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Elna Lotus TSP, Singer 503a-Rocketeer, Brother Innovis 1250D, Pfaff Passport 2.0, Kenmore 10-Stitch, Centennial Singer Featherweight from 1950

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