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Thread: Elna Carina Model 65 Air Electronic

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    Elna Carina Model 65 Air Electronic

    I bought this one today. It's mostly metal and made in the early 80's. It's one of the last models Elna made in Switzerland. I spent a few hours working on it. There are only a few
    problems with it. 1) it has one broken spool holder and it can't be repaired
    easily. The actual material on the on the inside of the lid is damaged. But, I was able to repair
    one spool holder, so I'm good to go. There were no accessories in the tray, but
    I have quite a few from my Supermatics so am good to go. The case on it has a
    slight break on the back so it doesn't latch well, so I have to use a bungee
    cord to keep it shut:> And the bobbin extractor is missing.

    But, it came with all 18 cams, cord and foot control and sews beautifully. I'm
    impressed with it!

    Anyone have this model?
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    That's my machine!!! Love it. Got it after using someone else's and it was so smooth. I don't use the cams much at all, and I can't get the buttonholes in right. But it just hums along. I have it in to a dealer only once in all the years I had it, and I think it ran better before it was cleaned! I think I had it about 30 years.

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    Cool! Do you remember what you paid for it 30 years ago?

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    Oh, I am so excited to see this post! I am considering buying something similar today. In a recent donation, I got a bunch of cams for an Elna, so I contacted the thrift store that got the rest of the donation to learn about the machine.

    All they could tell me is that "It is white (Elna SU air electronic). It does have a pneumatic foot control. It does have an instruction manual."

    They are asking $40. Does this sound like a good deal?

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    Oh, I am so excited to see this post! I am considering buying something similar today. In a recent donation, I got a bunch of cams for an Elna, so I contacted the thrift store that got the rest of the donation to learn about the machine.

    All they could tell me is that "It is white (Elna SU air electronic). It does have a pneumatic foot control. It does have an instruction manual."

    They are asking $40. Does this sound like a good deal?

    Thanks, and thanks for posting about your score!
    From what I was told, this machine was about $1,500 new 30 years ago. I'd pay $40 for it, in good condition with a manual. Mine doesn't have a manual and has a few things that need attention. But, if it's the same model as this one, I don't think you can go wrong for $40, especially if you have the cams.

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    When I saw this machine, I wondered why mine has a white band where that one is black. On the inside of my instruction manual it says: "Note: The Elna models, classes 65 and 66, are supplied with 3 different colour schemes, ie with a black, red or white decorative band. The instruction manual is the same for all 3 versions and contains all the necessy information concerning adjustments and the operation of the machine." I got mine about 28 years ago after seeing it at a county fair in Pleasanton, CA. It has been a wonderful machine and I just started using the cams about a year ago.

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    I have an older ELNA than this and really have had no problems with it. Just keeps humming along. Have replaced 3 feet. Just wore out the points or whatever was down there that told it to go.

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    Altho my Elan is from 1998, I love it.....I wish I could find one of the 65or66 models.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by AUQuilter View Post
    When I saw this machine, I wondered why mine has a white band where that one is black. On the inside of my instruction manual it says: "Note: The Elna models, classes 65 and 66, are supplied with 3 different colour schemes, ie with a black, red or white decorative band. The instruction manual is the same for all 3 versions and contains all the necessy information concerning adjustments and the operation of the machine." I got mine about 28 years ago after seeing it at a county fair in Pleasanton, CA. It has been a wonderful machine and I just started using the cams about a year ago.
    Interesting! I didn't know about the color banding. Mine is a model 65/Carina and I just assumed the different colors were different models. I have 3 other vintage elnas(the green ones) that use the same cams, so I'll be able to interchange them all which is great.

    This one came with 18 cams including the one with the ducks which I've been wanting for some time, so that makes me happy:>

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    Well, I decided not to buy the Elna I viewed today. It was a 68, by the way. There was a woman at the thrift shop who was very knowledgeable about machines and she put it through its paces. She said it was very "sludgey" and needed a tune-up, although she said the motor sounded good. The zig-zag didn't work properly (hardly any zig, no matter what the setting) and the tension was off so that the fabric bunched a little, even with a straight stitch. She was willing to drop the price to $25, but estimated a tune-up would be $75-100. I just couldn't justify that.

    Oh, well. Need any cams?
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    That's too bad...I live in N. CA too and I lived in the Napa Valley during my high school years. Small world. I would be interested in the cams if you can't use them. I'll PM you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    Cool! Do you remember what you paid for it 30 years ago?

    I do remember it was a lot of money and I did not ask my husband first!! Just bought it!!

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    I do not have this model but I have an Elna SU from 1973 and I would not part with it for anything. It runs so smooth and quiet compared to newer machines

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    Congrats, enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by willferg View Post
    Oh, I am so excited to see this post! I am considering buying something similar today. In a recent donation, I got a bunch of cams for an Elna, so I contacted the thrift store that got the rest of the donation to learn about the machine.

    All they could tell me is that "It is white (Elna SU air electronic). It does have a pneumatic foot control. It does have an instruction manual."

    They are asking $40. Does this sound like a good deal?

    Thanks, and thanks for posting about your score!
    I still have my Elna SU Air Electronic that I bought 30+ years ago. I still have her because it is the first sewing machine that I paid big bucks for. She is light and very portable. Last summer DH asked me to make a cushion for his boat. I tried to make it on my Elna 7300 Quilting Queen Pro. The Queen balked at the job as she did not like stitching the vinyl and refused to sew the vinyl piping. So I brought in the SU to do the job and she did it without hesitation. The only part that I had to replace was the pneumatic foot control because it was "puppy chewed". For $40 I would buy another one.
    Sweet Caroline

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    Very nice! What did you name her??

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    Ignorance is bliss, or so they say!
    My GF had an Elna in the 70's but I have never heard of "cams?
    Can someone please tell me/us?
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    Heather
    In Queensland, Australia

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    Heather, these are what they look like. Many vintage machines and manufacturers used external cams that you pop in and out for different decorative stitches. http://images.search.yahoo.com/image...mb=QugTSLM6i2y

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    Jane, my machines all have the same name..."sewing machine". I'm not one that gives them people names:> Hehe.

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    Hi, I'm new on here and not really a quilter but I seen this machine that I now presently own. Have been going crazy trying to find a manual and also...WOW really? 18 cams??? I have 1. Can anyone direct me for either? I would love to utilize this machine for all its worth!! Thanks so much for any information that you can add! Have a wonderful day!

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    I have probably 30 cams all combined. You can buy them on ebay or online. Whites Sewing Center/Ray White sells them. You can purchase a manual online also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Candace View Post
    I bought this one today. It's mostly metal and made in the early 80's. It's one of the last models Elna made in Switzerland. I spent a few hours working on it. There are only a few
    problems with it. 1) it has one broken spool holder and it can't be repaired
    easily. The actual material on the on the inside of the lid is damaged. But, I was able to repair
    one spool holder, so I'm good to go. There were no accessories in the tray, but
    I have quite a few from my Supermatics so am good to go. The case on it has a
    slight break on the back so it doesn't latch well, so I have to use a bungee
    cord to keep it shut:> And the bobbin extractor is missing.

    But, it came with all 18 cams, cord and foot control and sews beautifully. I'm
    impressed with it!

    Anyone have this model?
    Hello Candace,

    My friend has the same with a small book, I'm so glad! But from where the settings are of the machine with the cams to make diffrent stiches, it isn't there or I didn't find it jet. She have her Elna years, but she never used it and I saw it am thursday for the first time. Can and wil you help me, mabey kostet it less time, to sort it out. I'm so happy to found you!!!

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    i would love to find an older elna quilters pro model.... it was my favorite machine when i worked at a sewing machine store in the late 90's, early 2000's

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    I have the Elna Air Electronic. Pretty sure I bought it 1979 for a little over $1,000. I still have it in a cabinet. I now have the Elna 7300 quilting queen that I use now. The old Elna never failed and it was and is still a great machine. I guess I hold on to it just in case the one I use is in the shop or something.

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    Found my receipt awhile back and it looks like I paid $900 in 1985.

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