Elna SU, 6003 & 945 Sewing Machines

by Seamstress
(Colorado)

I love these machines. I purchased the "SU" in the 1970's and the "6003" and the "945" in the 1990's.

I still use them all and have never had a problem with them. The SU is 42 years old and is the quietest running machine I've ever seen.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna 6003 Quilter's Dream

by Grandmere
(SCC, Florida)

I've had this machine since the spring of 2002 (Paducah), and I love it. It has never given me a moment's trouble, and I am not always kind to it. No matter what I've done to it, it works beautifully for me.

I'm in the market for another machine, only because I don't want to take my beloved Elna back and forth to Florida in a car any more, and take a chance on losing her.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna Lock Pro 5

by Elaine

I would be delighted to tell you about my Elna Lock Pro 5 machine (5 thread serger) but I desperately need to find an instruction book on how to use it.

I have never used a serger before so do not know anything!

However, this model of Elna is the one I inherited and would desperately love to learn.

Any help you can offer would be most gratefully received.

Thanks

Comments for Elna Lock Pro 5

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Great machine.
by: Anonymous

I won't use anything but Elna. I have a later Elna serger, 4-cone, and just bought an Elna Lock Pro 5. It has tons of possibilities. You really need the manual, as you HAVE to thread it in the exact order and in the exact places to get it to work. Also, there are different "throat plates," the metal plates under the needles, with different size holes for different size needles or stitches. If you only have one, I hope it's wide enough for two needles, otherwise you'll shatter one every time you try to use two needles. Threading it is a bear, but I'll tell you, this machine is a workhorse. Solid metal, versatile and very reliable provided you oil it and keep it clean. Learn to use it, you'll love it. There's no beating an Elna!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna Envision 8007

by Amey
(Florida)

I purchased this particular machine used from someone that said it was too much machine for them ...

I have had it for well over 6 years and I have used it nearly every month of the year..sewing various projects and using several of the features.... It is a Great sewing machine and if something goes wrong - "It is me"--somehow I am too tired and so I make a mistake in threading or whatever, but the machine has always served me very well.

A nice sturdy machine... I sew from very light fabrics (silks, chiffons, etc) to heavy materials like denim, leather, heavy canvas etc, and it has never skipped a beat....

Good Luck with your sewing adventures ..

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna 1010

by A Happy Elna Customer
(US)

I found the best, simple & most easy machine to use at a Goodwill for only $20.oo & it is the ELNA 1010.

It was in the white carry case,dirty,it had the book & some of the attachments. It looked like it had been dropped because the left side was cracked & a little offset,but I bought it anyway, because when I plugged it in it worked just fine.

The machine is by far the quietest machine I own & I love the stitches it makes. All I had to do was add a little oil according to the manual & she has been running like a champ since then.

It has been the best investment in my sewing machines that I have made so far. Once cleaned & oiled her,she looked like new & has a new home.

I love this little machine, it fits in one of my older cabinets & she is very easy & simple to use.

I looked at some of the newer models when I was shopping for a Quilting machine,but none compared to this little machine. I wouldn't trade her for any of the newer models of any brand because we all know how hard it is to find a good reliable machine.

I have had no problems with her at all, since I bought her over 5 months ago.

ELNA has a new customer!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Pro 7200

by Mabel
(Nebraska)

This is a fantastic machine. I have had it about 3 years and use it at least weekly.

I have quilted with it and sewn many blouses, jackets, etc. I love this machine.

The Elna Pro 7200 has been tough and held up to all the sewing that I do.

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna SU - I have had 2

by Kate
(Manchester UK)

I bought my Elna SU way back in the early 70's for £125. One of the Star series.

I loved it from the moment I got it home.

I made dozens and dozens of things including stretch clothes for my baby daughter, lots of wedding dresses etc.

One day when it was about 10 years old I was putting a zip into the very thick jeans of a work colleague, and, as the needle went into the thickest part, there was a loud click and my sewing machine worked no more.

I took it back to the dealer I had bought it from - now a friend, and she sent it away for repair.

In the meantime she gave me a good deal on a NewHome (Newhome owned 51% of her shop). I had worked in her shop, covering holidays etc.

The NewHome was a batch that had had fitted a more advanced stitch technology than shown in the manual, so I had to muddle through with the manual when I found the advanced stitches.

It did wonderful button holes, I remember, and it kept all my customers happy throughout those terrible weeks without my Elna.

When the Elna came back (the repair cost me £50. a third of the initial cost) it worked ok but I felt the embroidery was not as perfect as before, but I coped.

About another ten years later I was stitching with thicker material again and another loud click - this time the machine would straight stitch but nothing else - even the reverse button would not work.

Ebay had been invented by then, and I got the same model Elna for a very reasonable price from a sewing machine business in London - the machine was a part exchange he had taken - this Elna worked beautifully but the paintwork had been badly marked with scissors.

Meanwhile the other one sat on the shelf - it meant though, that I had a spare power cable and foot piece.

I spotted a Lotus SP (same dealer) and just missed that by pennies - the dealer had recognised my user name and wrote saying he had some more Lotus machines which were not ready yet, and he would e-mail me when he was putting them up for auction.

I wrote back telling him about how my Elna SU was doing and, bless him, he said he had an another SU about ready to be put up for auction and I won that.

From the looks of it, it seems to be an earlier model, as the dial is different. But I could not find anything it could not do that my second one did.

My first Elna which looked like new - no scissor marks - I disposed of very sadly after taking pieces off it, but I still had a spare footpiece.

About a year after this the dealer who was still on Ebay wrote to say he was about to put a Lotus up for auction but it was without accessories. I won that for a reasonable amount too and kitted it out with accessories.

So I have my lovely Elna pair upstairs and the little one lives downstairs.

It is annoying that after all the work my first Elna had done for myself and for cash customers, it was a little favour for a colleague that had wrecked it first and then again all those years later.

I have to admit that the little job I was working on was on thick hard denim plus the thickness of the zip and the next time stitching a coat's hem across the folded up sideseams.

I have collected most of the discs now - a lot from Canada and US - the missing ones seem always to be with other discs and duplicating would cost such a lot.

One of my favouries is the sideways darning one - when you use it with the serpentine built-in stitch you can make flowers. You have to stop stitching when the pattern reaches the reversal point and turn the material with the needle in the work so the next petal will be exactly opposite the first and stitch another petal, stopping which you reach the middle of the flower again - needle in and turn the fabric to place the next petal etc - experiment doing this if you have this disc. It looks beautiful on dark fabric stitched with multicoloured cotton.

I once said if there was a fire I would grab my young daughter with one hand and the Elna with my other.

Now it would be my laptop with one hand and still the Elna with the other.

Comments for Elna SU - I have had 2

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

I made a mistake about the elna disc number..
by: Kate

It is disc 151 Darning forward and back, I think, that makes the flowers, not disc 166 darning sideways, sorry.

Some people ignore this disc because the marking on the disc itself is only a thick straight line.

The cam makes the machine stitch so many stitches forward and so many back in an almost straight line.

By setting the built-in stitch to the Serpentine stitch, the machine then gives this forward and back stitching gentle curves.

The length of the stitch, of course, governs the length of the petals.

With a decorative thread underneath (with a slacker tension) I did some beautiful lurex flowers.

You see, the "petals" are not filled in like Satin Stitch so you can use other specialist threads wrapped around the spool/bobbin underneath. I thought about using smooth DMC cross stitch thread or something textured like woolly thread or similar.

Perhaps something black and very shiny on a black fabric.

Oh dear, the ideas are starting . . .


Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Why You Shouldn't Buy
an Elna 6001 Decorators Touch

by Sarah
(Rochester, NY)

How do I hate thee, let me count the ways....


  • Your bobbin thread gets caught in the stitching, when approaching low bobbin thread.

  • You spontaneously turn off and on.

  • Because the machine reverts to a 2.2 straight stitch when the machine is first turned on. No matter what stitch you were using--it suddenly becomes a straight stitch.

  • Your buttonholes are horrible. I ruined a beautiful linen blouse even though I made about 20 test buttonholes.


This machine is just WRETCHED. I sold my beautiful old Viking on e-Bay to buy this piece of crap and I am so sorry.

An acquaintance who owns a fabric store and sells these pieces of trash convinced me to buy it and it is just TRASH TRASH TRASH. Did I mention that it's trash?????

Do not ever buy an Elna. Oh my sweet old Viking, where are you now, my love....

Comments for Why You Shouldn't Buy
an Elna 6001 Decorators Touch

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Elna 6001
by: Anonymous

I have this machine and don't find any negatives , its easy enough to use for a beginner and expert alike. It never turns on and off as was suggested and having to reset the stitch when you switch back on is no big deal.
I would give it 5 stars, do not be put off buying one.

Sorry About Your Elna
by: Julie

I am so sorry for your loss, I really do feel your pain.

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.

Elna 3005

by Anonymous

Elna 3005 Sewing Machine

Elna 3005 Sewing Machine

I have an Elna 3005. To start with, I have had two of the Extension table (Accessory boxes). They are a joke if you intend to use them.

The door has broken off each time that I have used them. It is made of plastic and not durable what-so-ever. Just one's opinion

I would like to read what others, (who own an Elna 3005) think!

Click here to post comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Elna.



Follow Best Sewing Machines Reviewed on FacebookFollow SewingReviewer on Twitter


Subscribe to
Best Sewing Machines Newsletter

Your First Name

Your E-mail Address

We keep this private.

Follow The Sewing Blog too



Does Amazon Have
What You Need?



Quantcast