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Elna Supermatic 1952
I just got a new to me supermatic!
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Date: 8/13/09 1:05 AM

I just got a supermatic from 1952. I have read the guidebook and tried sewing straight stitches forward and backward. Tomorrow I will try the cams that came with it. It doesn't have the double needle holder, has only one foot, and has 9 cams. I have just won some feet and a few more cams on ebay for it. It sews nice even straight stitches. It is kind of noisy after using a modern machine. Is this normal?

I actually wanted it for nice topstitching and for the buttonholer that I won on ebay recently that doesn't fit my regular pfaff machine. I will test that tomorrow, too.

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Date: 8/13/09 7:23 AM

Congrats! You have a wonderful machine. It should not be noisy unless it needs a new motor pulley which is very common to this particular model. Does it sound like a blender full of rocks or does it go thump, thump, thump?

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Date: 8/13/09 8:49 AM

OIling can make a difference on the noice level. They are hungry for oil.

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Date: 8/13/09 9:25 AM

Picture Becca?Would love to see this beauty!

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Date: 8/13/09 10:13 PM

Ooooh yes, pics please!!!

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Date: 8/13/09 10:36 PM

Muffet and Emily Kate here are some pictures:
case
Date on bottom Would this be a manufacture date?
Front knee bar hanging down
elnagraph The cams have to be put in manually and the cam thumb nut tightened to hold them in place.
shuttle
back
innards
with case/table

I got a chance to try out its cams (9 of them) and the singer straight stitch buttonholer today and they all work beautifully. I actually wanted it for the buttonholer. It makes lovely buttonholes! buttonhole
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Date: 8/13/09 10:54 PM

OH EXCELLENT. And that buttonhole is SOooooo nice.I am so glad this machine works and the cams are so sweet - there are a lot of them out there. Somewhere on the web is a chart of all of them that this machine uses. I don't know where at this time, but I remember seeing that. Very nice purchase you made!

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Date: 8/13/09 11:11 PM

It definitely doesn't sound like a blender full of rocks. It is a loud mechanical noise but not really thump thump. I oiled it just now with wd-40 (the only oil I can find around the house) and it sounds slightly better. What sort of oil should I really get?
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Date: 8/14/09 10:42 AM

Quote: becca a
It definitely doesn't sound like a blender full of rocks. It is a loud mechanical noise but not really thump thump. I oiled it just now with wd-40 (the only oil I can find around the house) and it sounds slightly better. What sort of oil should I really get?
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You should definitely get an oil meant for sewing machines and not WD-40! While WD-40 is good for some things and do not recommend it for sewing machines. You can find sm oil at all of the Jo-Ann's and Hancock stores and probably even at other places. I wouldn't use 4-in-1 oil on it either.
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Date: 8/14/09 10:47 AM

Now that you mention it, I do have some sewing machine oil someplace--it leaked all over the serger accessories. Thanks.

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