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Thread: Elna Stella Air Electronic Machine

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    Elna Stella Air Electronic Machine

    Can anyone tell me if this machine which I proudly purchased with my first pay check in 1983 does free machine embroidery at all? I don't want to wreck the machine trying...
    THank you!!

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    The feed dogs don't drop and the throat space is veeeery small. You can try it with the feed dogs up or get the feed cover plate(which I don't care for at all). I've not had great success with my vintage Elnas and FMQ. I use my other machines for that.

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    I'm with you in not wanting to wreck your Elna, playing with embroidering. Watch CL for a cheap any kind of machine that you won't mind messing up as you play with it--some of the older machines are better at zig zag than Elna anyway--and I would never attempt free-motion with mine (a 1986 special edition air driven top of the line model--I am not in my sewing room so can't just look over and see the name of it). It is super quiet, which I love; and I am the only one allowed to use it--I keep it serviced myself--and it has never again seen the inside of a sewing machine sales or repair center. If you keep at it, you might be able to find a decent zig zag older machine at a yard sale for $5 or $10. When someone has a yard sale, any money is better than no money--know what I mean.....just say do you have a machine you want to sell real cheap....
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    My most favorite machine for free motion is my Elna Air Electronic SU68....Yes ou do have to cover the feed dogs but it sure does a great job...Just my choice.....Experiment....

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