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Thread: A Grasshopper for $70.00...

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    Junior Member JMCDA's Avatar
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    A Grasshopper for $70.00...

    Hubby just sent a text saying a green Elna came in to the Antique Warehouse...is that a good price and is it a worthy addition to our growing collection?

    Thanks all!

    Joann

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    Depends...many old Elna's have a bad spot developed from non-use and sitting. A flat spot appears over time on one of the parts inside. If it's in working and good condition, it's worth the price. But, if you have to pay $100 to replace the bad part then maybe not so much. Really, you need to test drive it and see how it stitches before you buy it.

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    They do sew nice when they work - it may have a roar when it sews - there is a rubber wheel that runs around the inside of the balance wheel - when the machine sets the rubber goes flat - some times the rubber just plain wears out - pricy to fix but it should go a good long time once it is fixed.
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    I have an Elna Grasshopper and its awesome! Sews perfectly and is comparable to my Featherweight! Go for it!

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    he brought her home and she has a bit of a growl...good thing he knows how to fix these things....the hard part will be getting him to find the time to do it!

    ..and it is a Supermatic, not an Elna 1 but apparently still called a grasshopper - she sure is green!

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    Elna made a supermatic - they do all growl - glad you could rescue that one - I think you will like it once you get it working right.
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    good for you. Congratulations on your new to you machine.

    Funny, first time heard of "grasshopper" I couldn't help but think of the TV show back in the 70's--Kung Fu with David Caradine. Then I realized it was probably green.
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    LOL - having done some reading on the Supermatic and all the cams available - yet another thing to be on the look out for our collection!...some of the cam patterns are really unique!

    Joann

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