Sometimes I can not believe what I don’t know! I have owned this Elna SU since 1987.
I bought this sweet thing second hand from a local sewing machine store. The previous owner decided she wanted a fancy new electronic machine. I paid a hefty price since at that time it was the top of the line. In fact, I still have the invoice where I paid for it in three installments.
In 2011, I took an online Craftsy class called Suspendous Stitches with Carol Ann Waugh. I even wrote a post about the class. In addition to the main project, we first made a stitch book. I was so disappointed because I only had three pages for my book.
Then the other day I decided I wanted to play a bit with the stitches for something I want to sew for an upcoming project. Looking at the stitches in the manual, I looked at a page (which I had looked at many, many times before) and I had a big DUHH moment.
On that page, I found out that my double cams don’t just sew one stitch. So how do I make the other stitches? It said to use one of the six built in stitches. WHAT?? I looked at the outside of the machine – I don’t see six. Then I opened up the Cam area, and of course, there is where the six built in stitches are. I know they are there, but just didn’t occur to use them with the cams.
So now I am so excited that I just don’t have a few stitches, but lots of them. I am starting to make a stitch book so I can refer back to them. Here are the pages I’ve completed so far. I’m not worrying about tension or thread type or color, just getting the stitches down so I can see what I have to play with.
Here is one page. The top stitch is using the cam on automatic. As I said, I thought that was the only stitch it made. But it also makes the six other ones. Now, I have to admit, some of the stitches I’d never use, but some I will.
I still have 10 more cams to stitch out before I finish my stitch book. I’m so excited about this. Doesn’t take much to make this girl happy!! Looking forward to showing you what I’ll be making with this stitches.
If you’ve had a DUHH moment or some new discovery recently, I’d love to hear about it. Hope you are having a creative week.
What a fun discovery!! I look forward to seeing what you create with some of these newly found stitches. Looks like some of them could add some interest to machine applique projects.
Wow, what a surprise 30-some years later!
It’s funny how we sometimes can’t see what is right in front of our nose! I took her class too. I enjoyed it, but I never ‘ made something’ , perhaps I need to be sent to my room! LOL. I’ll be waiting for what you create next.
I received my elns su in 1972 . my husband gifted it as a graduation gift when he got his Masters degree. I have a book of the stiches, and how to do all the different things that it can do. it is a real workhorse. I have only had one repair. my daughter as a todler lost her balance and sat on the foot pedal breaking something in the bobbin. I bought a second on for my daughter when she went to college. my high school age son got tired of waiting for me to hem his pants. he learned to make his own costumes for the different cons. The machine is more that worth what I paid for both of them.
Kathleen, Yes, I’m looking at applique and some other fun. Thanks for dropping by.
Sherrie, Yeah, pretty amazing it took me that long!!
Luann, Yes! I can’t believe you didn’t make anything!! That is one class I did finish something! Yes, you need to be sent to your room.
Millie, I’ve yet to hear someone say they hate this machine. I will admit over the years I’ve gotten mad at it, but I have yet to have any repair needs although have had it serviced. Your hubby sure got his money’s worth out of it. Love that your son learned to use it. Yep, it’s a workhorse for sure! Thanks for telling your Elna story.
Would love to find out how to adjust machine. My bittom
Stitches are loose loops. Any ideas?
Jim, I would recommend you check out some You Tube videos and join the Elna Facebook groups. I’ve had that problem on my other machine, but never om my Elna. When I have a problem, I always start with rethreading the machine, and making sure the bobbin thread was threaded on the bobbin correctly. Good Luck!