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Date: 6/28/10 8:43 AM

Went back to the shop yesterday to further my search. I assured the owner of the shop - "I will be buying from you. I just don't so this quickly".
They are a great shop - lifetime lessons on your machine - many classes etc...

I went in thinking I was really leaning toward a Pfaff. After chatting with her (and reading some recent posts here) I've decided to wait on a Pfaff - too many issues with them at the moment.

She is highly recommending the Elnas. The two I am looking at are the 3230 ($699) and the 6600 ($1300). They are apples & oranges to each other. (25 stitches vs 250; semi-electronic vs computerized etc) I am a beginner and like the lower price for sure. Not sure what I would do with the extra 225 stitches... But it certainly has pretty bells & whistles. I plan to quilt & home dec - not garment sewing.

I've read a few posts elsewhere with negative comments on Elna in general. Can you all tell me if the machines are solid and fill me in on anything I should know on this brand?
Thanks so much - you all have been very kind to this beginner!

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Date: 6/28/10 8:59 AM

Elna is an excellent brand, and I usually recommend Elnas or Janome machines because they are generally very high quality and reasonably priced.

I recommend the 5300. As a garment sewist, you will need the extra buttonholes, and you will need to be able to adjust their width. You only ever use a small fraction of the 50 stitches, but the extra buttonholes are worth it.

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Date: 6/28/10 9:41 AM

I've never heard anything negative about Elna so would like to know what you were told/read. If you're planning on doing lots of home-dec, you'll want an extra high lift and enough power to get the job done. Most of the Elna models DO have the extra-high lift. Did you find out about the needle positions? That's still not clear to me if the 3230 can be moved right of center? I can see that being a problem but the 6600 is probably going to be over-kill. Those prices seem a bit high to me but I know there's a price increase coming up. Janome makes the Elna machines (some Kenmores too). I can't explain this, but to me Elna's are a bit nicer--offering a few more features in like models. For example, there were quite a few subtle differences between the 7300 that I bought and Janome's 6600 twin. Of course they aren't swiss-made anymore and some use that fact to down-play the current machines under the Elna label much in the same way we disparage the newer Singers being "not what they used to be"....but today's Elnas are very good, imho.
-- Edited on 6/28/10 9:42 AM --

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Date: 6/28/10 10:05 AM

Quote: Soolip
Elna is an excellent brand, and I usually recommend Elnas or Janome machines because they are generally very high quality and reasonably priced.



I recommend the 5300. As a garment sewist, you will need the extra buttonholes, and you will need to be able to adjust their width.

Soolip, are current Elnas using standard Janome innards, or is there still some strong Elna heritage in place? If they're using a standard Janome frame, what would you think about suggesting the Janome TB30, as both less expensive ($400) yet with six buttonholes?
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Date: 6/28/10 11:10 AM

I think the TB30 is an excellent option.

Janome and Elna machines have, for the most part, common innards.

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Date: 6/28/10 1:33 PM

Quote: Soolip
I think the TB30 is an excellent option.



Janome and Elna machines have, for the most part, common innards.


OK. It seems that the OP might benefit from looking at the TB30, considering the savings of $300 and the presence of a tight budget. (Although this has to be balanced against the free classes, etc. of the Elna dealer. Perhaps the Janome dealer has a similar deal, though.)
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Date: 6/28/10 2:13 PM

I know you wanted to buy from your local dealer, but there is a sewing place, brubakersewing.com that went to a Quilt Show and is selling the 6600Q for $800. It may be a little more, I just can't remember the exact price, but I'd check into it. You can call them yourself and tell them Flo told them about the special. These machines were used 2 or 3 hours for three days. Ask to speak to the owner. Feel free to PM me if you need help. HTH

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Date: 6/28/10 11:04 PM

This dealer only carries Bernina, Elna and Pfaff. There are other dealers in the area - but honestly, I didn't love them. Both other shops were a bit rude. I'm a real beginner. Most of the other shops only offer 1 or 2 classes with your new machine. This shop offers classes for life as often as I need on my machine. It is also a quilt shop selling fabric, offers many classes etc so I suspect I will be there often.
I don't mind paying a bit more for the support - but would really like to stick with the three brands they carry.
The $500 difference Flo mentions above though is HUGE and I will investigate that. Thanks for the tip.
Any other feedback on Elna is much appreciated. This is getting to be a much bigger decision than I thought it would be....

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Date: 6/28/10 11:23 PM

I have an Elna 6200 sewing machine and an Elna 745 overlocker/coverstitch machine (serger).
I couldnt possibly express how much I LOVE my machines or ever recommend Elna highly enough. Over the years I've had many different brands of machines but none have been as good as my Elna's.
They are very well made and sew beautifully. They are extremely reliable and have features and stitches that the average sewer will actually use.
The only negative I can think of is that additional genuine Elna feet can be expensive or hard to find in store, however many Janome and Pfaff feet fit Elna. I have also bought quite a few extra feet and accessories off Ebay. I buy from a trader named 'dafent' and they are excellent for price and speed of delivery.
Any time I get asked for machine recommendations my answer is always Elna. If something ever happened to my machines, Id replace them with more Elna's.
I love, love, love my Elna's and whole hearted believe if you have the chance to own one you should buy one, you wont regret it.

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Date: 6/29/10 1:39 AM

I don't know about sewing machines but I own a Pfaff 4862 coverlock (a combined serger/coverstitch machine). I originally looked at the Elna 744 combined machine and found that the Pfaff 4862 is almost identical with a few small variations. A lot of the feet and attachments are interchangeable.

REcently when I needed to have it fixed I took it to the repairer at my local Bernina shop (they fix anything) and he confirmed it's almost identical to the Elna and easy to repair. It cost very little to repair rather than if I'd taken it to the Pfaff dealer.

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