The Elna 7200, a computerized quilting sewing machine similar to the Janome 6500, has many positive reviews by quilters who like the performance and features of this versatile Elna sewing machine.
Even though the 7200 has the ability to do beautiful alphabet letters in both block and script, the most people who use this sewing machine are quilters, who use it heavily for their many projects.
Sold only at dealers, the Elna line has earned a reputation over the years, that is hard to beat. Elna sewing machines are high-end machines, on par with Janome and Bernina higher-end models.
Elna-7200 Quilting Sewing Machine
Features of the 7200
Here are some of the features that make this Elna sewing machine a favorite of many:
128 interesting stitches - utility, quilting, cross stitch, heirloom stitches, and 7 styles of buttonhole stitches.
For really big openings you can use the 4 step classic or bound buttonhole. Some reviewers mentioned that they especially like the buttonhole applique stitch, a feature that the Janome 6500 does not have.
Large LCD screen - The screen has an adjustable back light. The screen tells you the recommended foot, stitch width and length. And it shows you both the mirror image and face to face. In addition, it even shows you what your stitch will look like—before you try it out.
Heirloom stitches - These are neat. You can choose from Point de Paris, Turkish or Venetian, etc. Your quilts will have a really custom high-end look.
Knee lifter - This allows you to raise or lower the presser foot. It can be used to pivot corners, sew free hand embroidery or piece patchwork. This is one of the features that quilters appreciate most.
Knee lifter for the 7200
Separate bobbin winder - a real time saver when you are in the midst of a project!
One complaint that is fairly common for both the Elna 7200 and Janome 6500 is that the machines do have some problems with small areas of paint chipping.
Most reviewers loved their quilting machines and so were willing to put up with this minor inconvenience. A little clear nail polish should keep the problem from getting any worse.
Elna machines can be hard to find. Sometimes you can find a good deal on Craigslist, and there are usually some machines available on Ebay.