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    Quote Originally Posted by geckos42
    Some of you may remember my post topic "Eastward Bound & looking for great quilt shops". Well, I'm back from my fabulous trip and sad to share that my luggage - containing clothes (for 6 weeks), quilting fabric, the quilt for my grandson (my avatar), gifts, toys, books (for my grandkids), my Dell netbook and worst of all, my ELNA machine - was stolen from my car.

    To add insult to injury, I had called the insurance company just days before to increase my deductible from $500 to $1000! :-( My daughter says I was really tempting the gods. :cry:

    So (deep breath) I'm in the market for a replacement machine as my stolen one hasn't shown up on eBay or in local pawn shops. I loved my Elna SU air electronic, even though it's 25 years old. However it was a sewing machine and since February, I've become a quilter.

    I'm interested in your opinions/feedback on the Elna 6600 (Quilting Queen). I haven't test driven it, but I've looked at it - twice. I know Janome bought out Elna so there may be opinions about the similarities/differences between the two manufacturers.

    Thanks in advance for your input,
    KARREN
    this is why I never, never leave anything in my car I don't want to lose. so sorry for all your loss. hopefully you may get some back.

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    The Elna should be a 7300 because the Janome similar machine is a 6600. I have the Elna 8300 Quilting Queen Pro and LOVE it. I have been an Elna girl from the beginning (with a short foray into the Kenmore world) and have always been pleased with Elna products. You can use Janome feet and attachments on the 8300 and it is still workhorse of a machine. I've made plenty of quilts on my machine but also made upholstery covers for my parents' handcrafted furniture and am now working on a sheer batiste christening gown. You will not be disappointed in the Elna which gives you a lot of machine for your hard earned dollars.

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    OMG! I am so sorry. I wonder if they knew what they were getting? Start looking at pawn shops. ebay, craigs list. Hope you can recover some of your things.

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    I am very sorry you lost all your things. You asked about the Janome 6600, I have had mine for just about 2 years and love it. Made automatic buttonholes for the 1st time yesterday. It's been great for sewing and quilting. I like the extra throat room for machine quilting.

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    That is awful that your machine and other items were stolen. Unfortunately, we live in a society that is not safe, not like it used to be.

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    I don't understand the mentality of people who take what isn't theirs to take. I am so sorry you have to deal with the headache (and the heartache).

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    Quote Originally Posted by mocha827
    The Elna should be a 7300 because the Janome similar machine is a 6600. I have the Elna 8300 Quilting Queen Pro and LOVE it. I have been an Elna girl from the beginning (with a short foray into the Kenmore world) and have always been pleased with Elna products. You can use Janome feet and attachments on the 8300 and it is still workhorse of a machine. I've made plenty of quilts on my machine but also made upholstery covers for my parents' handcrafted furniture and am now working on a sheer batiste christening gown. You will not be disappointed in the Elna which gives you a lot of machine for your hard earned dollars.
    EDIT: the machine I have for sewing is the Elna 7300. The 8300 is my embroidery machine.

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    Oh so sorry. I love my Elna and would just be heartbroken to have it stolen. Best wishes.

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    I have an Elna 6600, it is OK, BUT the foot assembly is not as well machined as the old Elnas were. I do not like the way the spool holders work in the 6600 either. It has been designed by someone that knows nothing about sewing!!!!
    The spool is held the wrong way so the thread feeds off the top of the spool - and does lead to bunchy tangles -instead of unrolling the normal way. Althougth they added an upright spool holder, it is still clumsy.
    I have a little old Elna Air Electronic Stella, that is quite battered, but outsews ALL of the other sewing machines I have ever tried, because of the design of the foot and teeth although it only sewes a straight and zig-zag stitch!
    I would suggest you spend some time trying out others, I say this regretfully, too!

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    Ladies, thank you sincerely for your heart-warming comments. I will NEVER again leave my car out of the garage or with anything of value inside. Like I said, I was in a very upscale neighborhood and never dreamed anyone would have the slightest interest in a 25-yr. old machine. I couldn't have been MORE wrong.

    I'm delighted to share good news. My X-husband found, bid on, bought an Elna like mine (NOT mine, but LIKE it) and is having it shipped to me. I'm flabbergasted. Not a gesture I would have expected him to make.

    It's coming from FL and should be here (AZ) in a week. I'll have it serviced and let you know how it runs. I'm overjoyed, humbled, excited, and feeling very UN-worthy of his generosity.

    I'll immediately record the serial number and put it to work churning out more quilts - photos of which I'll share here.

    Thank you all for your advice, suggestions, concerns and good wishes.

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    So sorry for your loss.

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    Oh that's just plain awful!!! I think I would still be crying!! :(

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    I am so sorry about your Elna. Mine is about 15 years old and I love it. I have a new Janome and it seems to be pretty interchange items like feet and stuff. I hope you get your old one back because the first is your best.

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    People who do stuff like this, should have a lifetime of bad luck, what pigs, and that is too kind of a word for them, I am so sorry this has happened to you.

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    That stinks...so sorry for your loss.

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    Now that is very encouraging - your X bid on an Elna for you and having it shipped to you - I would say he has a good heart - what a decent thing for him to do for you - he deserves a big pat on the back. I hope it hurries to your home, sounds like that could be your new quilting pal. Things will work out for you. Have Faith.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BellaBoo
    I'm so sorry this happened to you. I had my car broken into before too and I felt sad for months over the small items that were taken I can imagine how bad you feel over your loss.
    We have the highest co pay on our vehicle insurance they offer so I don't leave anything in the car that I can't replace easy. When traveling I take everything out of the car every night and repack it every morning when at motels.
    We traveled from Oregon to San Antonio, TX for a convention several years back, and although it was time consuming, we completely unloaded our car every night at the motels. We actually got pretty well organized on the procedure by the time three weeks was up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckos42
    Ladies, thank you sincerely for your heart-warming comments. I will NEVER again leave my car out of the garage or with anything of value inside. Like I said, I was in a very upscale neighborhood and never dreamed anyone would have the slightest interest in a 25-yr. old machine. I couldn't have been MORE wrong.

    I'm delighted to share good news. My X-husband found, bid on, bought an Elna like mine (NOT mine, but LIKE it) and is having it shipped to me. I'm flabbergasted. Not a gesture I would have expected him to make.

    Oh, I am so happy for you! What a beautiful gesture on your X's part.

    It's coming from FL and should be here (AZ) in a week. I'll have it serviced and let you know how it runs. I'm overjoyed, humbled, excited, and feeling very UN-worthy of his generosity.

    I'll immediately record the serial number and put it to work churning out more quilts - photos of which I'll share here.

    Thank you all for your advice, suggestions, concerns and good wishes.

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    Don't have any suggestions on a machine, but I am so sorry that such a terrible thing happened to you. Hope you are able to recover some of your items.

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    So sorry to hear about your Elna. I totally understand your attachment to it as I had one that I bought in about 1980. I just didn't think any machine would ever suit me again. I bought a Bernina 830 record and have been very pleased with it, but it still wasn't my Elna. About 3 yrs ago, I found one on ebay and bought it. This baby was absolutely in mint condition. In fact it had been used so little, that part of it was frozen up from lack of use. I took it in, had it serviced, and it sews beautifully. With all that said, I find myself rarely using it as stick with my Bernina. Hope the one your X bought for you, turns out as nice... best wishes!

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    Ohhh, what a sad story. Sorry for your loss and hope that even with your higher deductible that your insurance company is generous with you.

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    Sorry to hear this

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    As another Elna SU owner, (40 yrs old and still purring along), I feel your pain. I am so sorry that you were violated this way. Good luck with your shopping for a new machine. Let us know what you decide on.

    Patti

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckos42
    Some of you may remember my post topic "Eastward Bound & looking for great quilt shops". Well, I'm back from my fabulous trip and sad to share that my luggage - containing clothes (for 6 weeks), quilting fabric, the quilt for my grandson (my avatar), gifts, toys, books (for my grandkids), my Dell netbook and worst of all, my ELNA machine - was stolen from my car.

    To add insult to injury, I had called the insurance company just days before to increase my deductible from $500 to $1000! :-( My daughter says I was really tempting the gods. :cry:

    So (deep breath) I'm in the market for a replacement machine as my stolen one hasn't shown up on eBay or in local pawn shops. I loved my Elna SU air electronic, even though it's 25 years old. However it was a sewing machine and since February, I've become a quilter.

    I'm interested in your opinions/feedback on the Elna 6600 (Quilting Queen). I haven't test driven it, but I've looked at it - twice. I know Janome bought out Elna so there may be opinions about the similarities/differences between the two manufacturers.

    Thanks in advance for your input,
    KARREN
    Did you check the local craiglist (thieves use it to make a fast buck)? That is how a friend of mine helped the police get her stuff back. She found the listing for her property, answered it from a new email account (no connection to anything in her belongings), and had the cops meet the thief to make the purchase! She did get most of her stuff back after the court case. Good luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madamekelly
    Quote Originally Posted by geckos42
    Some of you may remember my post topic "Eastward Bound & looking for great quilt shops". Well, I'm back from my fabulous trip and sad to share that my luggage - containing clothes (for 6 weeks), quilting fabric, the quilt for my grandson (my avatar), gifts, toys, books (for my grandkids), my Dell netbook and worst of all, my ELNA machine - was stolen from my car.

    To add insult to injury, I had called the insurance company just days before to increase my deductible from $500 to $1000! :-( My daughter says I was really tempting the gods. :cry:

    So (deep breath) I'm in the market for a replacement machine as my stolen one hasn't shown up on eBay or in local pawn shops. I loved my Elna SU air electronic, even though it's 25 years old. However it was a sewing machine and since February, I've become a quilter.

    I'm interested in your opinions/feedback on the Elna 6600 (Quilting Queen). I haven't test driven it, but I've looked at it - twice. I know Janome bought out Elna so there may be opinions about the similarities/differences between the two manufacturers.

    Thanks in advance for your input,
    KARREN
    Did you check the local craiglist (thieves use it to make a fast buck)? That is how a friend of mine helped the police get her stuff back. She found the listing for her property, answered it from a new email account (no connection to anything in her belongings), and had the cops meet the thief to make the purchase! She did get most of her stuff back after the court case. Good luck.
    My cousin checked Craig's List and eBay daily (during my 7-week absence). The Netbook serial number was entered into the national pawn shop registry. I think the "goods" were sold on the street and the clothes, quilt, fabric, etc. ended up in the landfill. They broke into several cars in the neighborhood that night, so they were on the move. It's sickening when I think that my treasures probably became trash. The fabric and quilt tops aren't much use to anyone else, unless they sew...with my stolen machine!

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