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Thread: Has anyone used/have a Elna?

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    Hi!
    In the next year or so(saving up money) I am going to get another sewing machine. I've decided to get a Elna, because my mom really likes hers, and there is a dealer near where I live. There are also free lessons with the machine.
    Last time I was in there to get my singer serviced, I asked, and the dealer showed me this one http://www.elnausa.com/products/sewing/xquisit/ the 3210. I don't want a electrical, and I looked at the manual online and I was happy with what I saw.
    So, anybody on here that has a lot of expereince, or just has a Elna?
    Thanks

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    I don't have alot of experience with or own an Elna, but I have been thinking about one. :D It sound much better than a Singer or Brother. I hope that all the Elna owners will respond to your request. :thumbup:

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    I have an Elna 8007 bought maybe 6 to 8 years ago, and I love it. I have thought about trading up but its such a good machine that I have deceided to keep it til it dies. It does every stitch imaginable and came with a quilting package. Before that was a Kenmore that I purchased at Sears and had that for at least 10 years. All the machines are good, just a matter of trying them and seeing what you like best. Happy Quilting.

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    I have an Elna 2600. She's a real workhorse. Sewing through anything I ask of her. The Elna 2600 is the current entry level Elna, and is a manual, then it goes 2800, and then up to the 3200's you were talking about.

    The Elna has a unique feature that it has the bobbin spool pin postitioned exactly right to let you use the big spools. I don't know if they are all this way but certainly the 2600 and the 2800 are this way. They have the same body style. The 2600 has 18 different stitches. I have used them all. It also has a variable size, so you can change the stitch lengths and widths. I once heard that this function is like have more stitches, but it might have been a sales thing, I don't know.

    I love to sew on my Elna. I have machine quilted a handful of quilts on it. Currently I am working on a King of all things. She just sews right on. The rotary hook assembly (the thing your bobbin sits in) is very well made and is easily removed for cleaning and de-linting.

    The one thing I would change about is for it to have a light switch. I leave my light bulb out most of the time because it gets pretty hot working by it. It's a nice little machine. It doesn't have all the toys and do-dads but it sews, it sews like a dream, demanding very little.

    If I am piecing I can set the fabric on the sewing line and let it run. It sews beautifully straight with little to no help guiding the fabric from me.

    I did end up wanting bells and whistles and bought a Brother 2001ULT, but the thought of selling my Little Elna leaves me feeling blind and empty. I just love her. She is never far from my projects and usually at the heart of all of them.

    I hope that helps you. I'd be happy to answer any more questions you might have... Oh why I went with a Brother the second time. Money partly, to buy an Elna that does all that my Brother does would have set me back thousands, and DH really wanted me to have the option to do Disney embroidery.

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    Until I got my Featherweight (which I LOVE for piecing), I did everything on my Elna 6005 Heirloom Edition. I bought it used several years ago. I have a 'different' reason for selecting this one. My friend in Washington who got me going on quilting had the same model. Since she was teaching me long-distance (I'm in CA), I figured if I got the same machine, she could give me pointers on it too. I've been really happy with it. It has lots of different stitches - most of which I've never used, but like knowing they are there. It doesn't have a lot of bells/whistles, but I wouldn't know how to use them anyway. I don't need to do machine embroidery, so don't mind that is doesn't have that feature. The drop-in bobbin is easy and it's a cinch to take out the housing of it to suck up the fuzzies. It was pretty easy to get started on it, and I haven't had a speck of trouble with it. One of my favorite parts is the needle-up/needle-down feature. I wouldn't buy ANY machine without that.

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    I have 2 Elnas, love both of them.

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    Thank you so much for all your replies! It will take a while to save up, but I am going to get one for sure
    Emily

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    My husband knowing that I cant save a dime told me that he would match whatever I saved, soooooo for a year I saved birthday money, mothers day money, christmas money, never went shopping and after a year I had $1,000 dollars..... so I went to the local quilt shop (with my $2000) that sells Elna's, purchased a "store demostration model" Elna with full warranty and even purchased a Koala cabinet, still using both to this day. I really do love my Elna.
    Gail

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    :) Oh that's a good story! :)

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    hi quilter i have one,i,ve had for several years i love my elna quilter dream sewing machine that,s i one i have ,hope to see you post yours soon

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    I have an Elna Carina, must be about 30 years old by now and still sews like a dream... prior to this machine I had another Elna and prior to that I had a green baby Elna.... must have been their first machine, maybe.... I wouldn't have any other.... it suits me well.... I am not keen on the other machines you mentioned....

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