Experience with Elna sewing machine?

canuckladyMay 10, 2013

Hi everyone,

Newly retired and with a new granddaughter (and another grandchild due later this year) I've dusted off my geriatric Singer sewing machine which is older even than I am! It was my mother's. Time for a new one.

I feel quite out of touch and on the advice of a friend who is a high school home ec teacher, I've been looking at Janome machines. I learned today that Elna are made by Janome and are slightly less pricey. I've been looking closely at the 520 and am wondering if anyone here has had any experience with Elna, and/or specifically this model? A local dealer sells these (also Pfaff, Husquvarna and Janome) and after a lengthy discussion today she suggested the Elna 520.

I would say my sewing skills & experience fall in the intermediate category; make drapes, soft furnishings, baby and children's clothes (all those years ago, now to revisit that happy time as a grandma).

Any information would be really welcome. Thank you!

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I have owned 4 Elna sewing and 2 sergers..I still have 2 machines and a serger. All were originals made by Elna in Sweden except my recent purchase of the 7100 made by Janome. They were all great--very long lasting and dependable. I still have my Elna Carina with air pedal in my closet, but the 7100 is a different animal...has a bigger throat for quilting and only does strait stitching. However, I have been very pleased with it's performance. I would suggest you look at the Pfaff,,I have 2 of these and they are very good machines. They have built in IDT so you never need to buy a walking foot--and you can choose the features you want. Brother makes very friendly machines also--I have 2 of their embroidery models and I love, love love them!

    Bookmark   May 11, 2013 at 8:06AM
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Elnas were never made in Sweden. They were Swiss. But you cannot compare the old European ones with the new Janome made ones - its apples and oranges.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 11:55AM
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I agree, cooksnsews...it popped into my head just today that I should have said Tavaro,(?) Switzerland. My bad! Everyone has her own opinion about what the best machine is, and it is good we can share our opinions. Because if we all liked one brand best, there would be no options to choose from.

    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 7:55PM
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Thank you for the feedback. I very much appreciate it.

The Elna I've been looking at I think will suit my needs for now; it comes with a plexi glass table , walking foot, 1/4" foot and free motion foot included in the $599 price. I thought that sounded good as I've been checking around for awhile.

She also includes lessons in the price as I am going to need them to maximize all the features it offers.

Thanks again, please feel free to add any other comments as it'll be next week before I can get in there to buy it.


    Bookmark   May 13, 2013 at 9:30PM
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