I am a regular here, and check in often to here all the wonderful news and advice passed along.
I need help, over the holiday my sewing machine kind of went defunct. I have an older Elna, Air Electronic machine, that's been a work horse for me and very reliable. I've kept her maintained throughout the years. Actually she was a gift to me and at the time I purchased her, she was consider one of the creme of the crops, more or less.
Over the holidays, I was trying one of the many cams that came with the machine and doing some embroidery on some table napkins when I heard a click and low and behold, no more embroidery design. When I switched it back to the regular zig zag it wouldn't even do that. All it does now is straight stitch.
My question has any of the members had this machine and have you experienced similar situations with it. Like I said, she's been a work horse for me, with very little repair work done on it other than the tension going out on it from time to time.
My problem too is that my dear Elna dealer has decided to close shop after 40 + years in the business so I really don't know who I can trust to take the machine to to have it looked at and give me an honest quote to repair it. I live in the Twin Cities so if any of you gals from that area are Elna lovers, I'd really appreciate your input.
I do have my Mom's own Kenmore, its got to be close to 60 plus years old but it still works and I run it every now an then.
Would it be better for me to use the Elna as just a great quilting machine with the straight stitch and not invest in getting the additional functions repaired or should I look at investing in a new machine. I'd really like a long arm and would appreciate your input and suggestions on a machine that is reasonable priced.
Thanks for hearing me out. Gwena, Minnesota