Ella was manufactured in Switzerland between 1970 and 1972. This Elna Special is ivory coloured with a soft pink top cover. She comes in an all metal gray case.The front half of the carrying case fits over the free arm to make a flat bed sewing surface.
At 27.5 pounds or 12.5 kilograms Ella is a very heavy machine, too heavy to be considered portable. The carrying case is very solid and does an excellent job of protecting the Ella.
It has seven built-in practical stitches including blind hem and a four step button hole. Stitch width, length and needle position are adjustable. The machine uses drop in Elna metal bobbins, standard needles and low shank feet. The foot controller has a two speed range.
The manual is well written, with good pictures and easy to follow instructions. Threading, bobbin winding and loading are simple.
I have sewn leather/polar fleece booties with velcro and elastic fasteners for my dog as well as polyester grocery and lunch bags with Ella. I also tested the free motion quilting on a sample and repaired a pair of jeans. The motor runs smoothly and quietly.
She sews beautiful, precise stitches on everything from fine sheer fabrics to heavy denim and leather. There is a feed dog cover plate and darning foot for free motion quilting.
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