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Thread: Elna Carina Model 65 Air Electronic

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    Super Member LindaMRB's Avatar
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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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    I have an elna SU. I got it in the early 70's. The only machine I use. I tried using my niece's once, it was plastic and I just couldn't do it. Are machines now days not made of metal? I LOVE my elna. I hope I have it forever! I found several websites devoted to them just by googling it. you can also view the manual online so you don't have to buy it.

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    I had this machine! It was a dream machine for the period! I loved it and used it for about 20 years off and on. Just sold it on ebay recently for about $125 I think - no accessories with it...couldn't find the books, cams etc. - Now I found them! Anyway...I paid $788. in 1979 for this machine. WOW I got a deal I think. I never took it in for a cleaning! Bad - yes?

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    Don't have that model but had their SU62 back in the 70's. Loved that machine and the fact it was basically all metal. Sold it when I got my Viking Designer1 and have been kicking myself ever since. Tried to buy it back for twice the money and the lady wouldn't part with it. Guess she knew what a gem she had.

    Elna made a great machine back then. I have one of their sergers too and have never had trouble with it that wasn't my own doing.....basically threading it. Now I keep it for 3-thread only and picked up another serger for cover stitch. This way I don't have to rethread either one.
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    I don't have it but it is a beauty
    "Life's tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late".

    Benjamin Franklin

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    What a beauty! Have fun with her!

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    I have an Elna Air Electronic 59. It doesn't have cams but does have different stitches. It came to me as a barter deal. I love it. I had to replace the foot pedal and it sews wonderfully.

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