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Subject: Antique Elna keeps jamming ...


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Date Posted: Sunday, January 11, 01:09:56pm

I thought perhaps the skilled experienced seamstresses here may know what I am doing wrong - or maybe it's just the machine. I have a very old Elna (from the 1960's) that was my mother's but has always been a fine machine. I've had it serviced regularly and it just came back from repair.
I am just an occasional sewer. A frequent problem is that the bobbin thread gets all wrapped up in the bobbin case, so much so that I have to cut everything and start over. What I think may be happening is that it's getting messed up when I switch back and forth from forward to reverse. Is there something I need to be mindful of?

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OP here. To note - tension OK, bobbin and upper thread are the same. Bobbin seems to wind OK. (NT)thxSunday, January 11, 01:24:33pm

If you've just had it repaired, and it didn't have the problem previously, perhaps you should ask your repairman to check it again? You should have some sort of warranty with the repair (NT)?Sunday, January 11, 11:59:40pm

sounds like its not threaded properly (NT)sewerMonday, January 12, 07:47:55am

I have a similar vintage Elna machine, and I've ad the same problem. Re thread it and it's fine. Good luck! (NT)~KrisMonday, January 12, 06:54:19pm

Thanks for the replies. I guess it's called bird-nesting when that happens. Another forum suggested re-threading or, changing needle and also holding the leading upper and lower threads when starting to stitch. (NT)Learning ... Thanks!Monday, January 12, 10:17:01pm

If you re-thread and hold the upper and lower threads when starting and still get the problem, I would check the spring in the bobbin. Maybe it has failed and is allowing the bobbin to spin. It's a cheap replacement. (NT)BJ, Irish SeamsFriday, January 23, 09:22:35am


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