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Honest Folks, I could not help myself

Old 07-29-2013, 02:41 PM
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I passed on this machine last week at GW, price $39.99. Well, I went today looking for black sheets, none to be had, BUT she was still there but $10 cheaper. She still had her power cord and air foot controller which was a purchasing point for me. I know the air foot controller can be found for about $35 and up. But I was most intrigued by the cabinet she is mounted in. It says Parsons on the front made in Tennessee and has locking cster wheels attached to the legs. I am going to guess this machine and cabinet dates to the early 1980s.

She is an Elna SU Air Electronic type 69. She will be meeting her older sister this evening, the Elna SU Type 68 that I purchased about 1977 or 78.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:44 PM
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Very nice. Seems like I recall seeing a cabinet like that on our local Craigslist, and thought it looked interesting.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:51 PM
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REally pretty, cabinet and machine! I would say you got a good deal! it was waiting on you!
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Love the look of the cabinet. Lucky you!!!
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:57 PM
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You stole it:>
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Old 07-29-2013, 10:11 PM
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Ok so now i want to put casters on one of my machines. Lol
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:39 AM
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Great find!
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Old 07-30-2013, 08:38 AM
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Obviously she had been RHAPAW (rode hard and put away wet) many times.
Yes, at least the light still works.

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Lots of road rash, more than just pin rash.

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Thread nest in and around the bobbin case, wrong bobbin

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Some of the dust, lint and trash including half of a sewing machine needle

I did replace the bent needle, cleaned out and de-linted as much as possible. She is still making birdnests around the bobbin case. This one has me baffled a bit. Anyone here who has repaired/refurbished an Elna SU? Can't find much on the Internet other than the bobbin case is quite spendy if it needs replacing.
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Old 07-30-2013, 09:00 AM
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You got a great deal on that one!! Just the cabinet is worth that much even if you can't get the machine to work. Wish I could find good things at GW, but around here in the Dallas area, they want new prices for things. I'm never that lucky. One of these days I want to find a Singer 301. Hopefully.
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Well, you have your work cut out but you did get a bargain.
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