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Thread: Elna Carina Model 65 Air Electronic

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    Super Member Candace's Avatar
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    I have probably 30 cams all combined. You can buy them on ebay or online. Whites Sewing Center/Ray White sells them. You can purchase a manual online also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I bought this one today. It's mostly metal and made in the early 80's. It's one of the last models Elna made in Switzerland. I spent a few hours working on it. There are only a few
    problems with it. 1) it has one broken spool holder and it can't be repaired
    easily. The actual material on the on the inside of the lid is damaged. But, I was able to repair
    one spool holder, so I'm good to go. There were no accessories in the tray, but
    I have quite a few from my Supermatics so am good to go. The case on it has a
    slight break on the back so it doesn't latch well, so I have to use a bungee
    cord to keep it shut:> And the bobbin extractor is missing.

    But, it came with all 18 cams, cord and foot control and sews beautifully. I'm
    impressed with it!

    Anyone have this model?
    Hello Candace,

    My friend has the same with a small book, I'm so glad! But from where the settings are of the machine with the cams to make diffrent stiches, it isn't there or I didn't find it jet. She have her Elna years, but she never used it and I saw it am thursday for the first time. Can and wil you help me, mabey kostet it less time, to sort it out. I'm so happy to found you!!!

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    i would love to find an older elna quilters pro model.... it was my favorite machine when i worked at a sewing machine store in the late 90's, early 2000's

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    I have the Elna Air Electronic. Pretty sure I bought it 1979 for a little over $1,000. I still have it in a cabinet. I now have the Elna 7300 quilting queen that I use now. The old Elna never failed and it was and is still a great machine. I guess I hold on to it just in case the one I use is in the shop or something.

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    Found my receipt awhile back and it looks like I paid $900 in 1985.

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    I do not have that Elna, but I DO have my mother's from 1965.

    I think it may be on it's last legs but I really still like it.
    If it dies, I have a White and a Kenmore...so am not totally unable to sew!

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    I have the Golden Jubilee version of this machine. I bought it new for around $900.00, but I don't remember what year. Unfortunately, the mother board is going bad, and can't be replaced. I've tried two different repairmen, and gotten the same story both times. It still sews, but is getting quirky. Last time I used it it just stopped sewing in the middle of a seam. Tried again several hours later, and it sewed again. So, not very reliable anymore.

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    I had this machine and it was a good machine I gave it to my neighbor. I paid $500 , plus when I purchased, back in the 80's. I now have 3 baby locks and love them. It was a very Ez machine to work, and any machine would most likely cost you $100 plus to clean and oil it. I will say not to many machines are built where that one was it was a good machine, and well worth it, depending on your budget, most sewing machine shop sell good used machines, some of witch they use for demo in there shops.
    Nancy. . . Alameda, Ca.

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    Terrific buy and thank you for sharing
    Have a Blessed night
    Ellen

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    For anyone still interested (it's 2014 and I notice the last comment was 2012) ... I have this machine and it indeed was $1000+ in 1974: the equivalent of $5000+ today! I wish it was $40 back then! Technology has changed everything...
    I'm replacing the foot pedal, as it doesn't "re-puff" anymore ---I think that may be from lack of use since I haven't used it in about 2 yrs. Was quoted $40 at a sewing store but found it online new for $21. Maybe I should buy a "new" $40 one. It's nice and compact and except for the foot pedal has been very reliable for 40 yrs!

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