Manufactured in Switzerland in June 1954. This Elna is operated with a knee bar rather than a foot pedal. The all metal case converts the free arm to a flat bed sewing surface. I like the way Elna designed the case to be used this way.
My Elna arrived with manual, accessories and half a dozen cams to make decorative and zig zag stitches.
This is where the cams are inserted.
The accessory tray fits over the free arm and opens up where the cams and feet are stored.
Of course, after cleaning, I oiled her up to immediately play with the cams. I put dark brown thread in the bobbin with yellow in the top. Then I switched the top thread to red, I thought it looked better. Elna sews flawlessly.
Look at that paint job! Isn't she pretty?
The little tool that looks like the letter "Y" is the cam lifter for removing the cams from the machine, it works really well.
This is the accessory box put together. There is a compartment under the row of bobbins which is holding two screwdrivers.
The sample stitches were made on two pieces of 100% cotton with one layer of 100% cotton batting sandwiched between. The top layer is plain white and bottom side is white with mint green stripes all salvaged from my scrap box.
I was very impressed with the tension on this Elna, the only trouble I had was when I didn't have the bobbin threaded correctly. The bobbin is located behind the presser foot, which I find difficult to thread properly.
I've been sewing reuseable nylon shopping bags, lunch bags and little book/knitting/fruit/toy bags for over twenty years. I first started making them when grocery stores switched from paper to plastic bags. I found that the plastic bags fell apart in transit between the grocery store, parking lot, my car and kitchen. My dear friend Evelyn asked me to sew a nylon bag for her grand-daughter to haul back and forth to daycare. Evelyn gave me a bag which is exact size she wants. I don't have a pattern for that size so I improvised. The size of the bag is correct, the fit on the bottom is not perfect, but certainly functional.
This is Pearl my 1940 Singer 15-91 straight stitch sewing machine in a 1914 Singer drawing room cabinet.
The pocket is 100% cotton with 100% cotton batting. I free-motioned quilted it using Pearl. The feed-dogs are dropped by turning a screw under neath the machine. The folded ribbons are basted on before finishing the edges.
Pearl sews an excellent precise stitch! I really, really enjoy top stitching with this machine. I have walking foot for it, which I rarely use because it feeds so well.
I folded the fabric over to show how lovely the underside stitches are. The only grief I have with sewing on Pearl is operator error. The machine sews in reverse when the lever is pushed up, sometimes I forget to push the lever back down for forward stitching so I end up starting a seam in reverse! Oooops! I did all the straight stitching on Pearl.
The zig zag stitching on the handles and the embroidery were done on Big Bertha my Pfaff QE 4.
It finished! Yippee ~ dancing around the room with glee!
Things have finally settled down in my craft emporium following all the excitement from Shannon and AJ's wedding on July 2nd. The newlyweds stayed with us until July 10. They were very busy packing their wedding gifts and Shannon's furniture that we had been storing in our basement since September 2009. In a sentimental moment, I gifted Shannon my favourite sewing machine (Heidi my Husqvarna 500) and the early 1900s solid block cut oak Singer cabinet Heidi resides in.
I had more difficulty parting with the cabinet than the sewing machine. They will be living in Kingston, Ontario, where Shannon has plans to sew a dog bed and coat for her new puppy that is expected to be born next week. I'm delighted that she'll have a reliable sewing machine, as well as a lovely piece of furniture. I have replaced the Singer cabinet with a small second hand desk, at the moment Ruby my Husqvarna 6570 is set up on it. The desk has two big drawers full of surger thread and two smaller drawers full of sewing machine accessories, Ruby's cams and manual. There is tons more storage space in the desk then the old Singer cabinet.
Just before their wedding I did do some sewing but time was at a premium so nothing was blogged about. I sewed a white cotton corset Simplicity 5006 Misses' Lingerie
I used a narrow red satin ribbon and tiny round eyelet buttonholes. The pattern called for cording (?) and grommets. Both were not my idea of lingerie under a wedding gown. I made view A which is the white corset on the envelope. It fit her like a glove and reduced her waist from 29 inches to 27.5 inches. She said it was comfortable, the only problem was she couldn't eat all her wedding dinner because there was no room in the corset for her tummy to expand. I never took a single photo not even one on the dress form./span>Three of the four bridesmaids had their dresses shortened. I recycled the fabric to make handkerchiefs for the groom and his groomsmen's tuxedos. I also made two red garters for Shannon.
Véronique's fiancée Scott caught the garter. They are getting married July 7, 2012 in Montréal. I will most likely be doing some wedding sewing again next June.
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.