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peterle

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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2019, 08:07:47 PM »
@ hutch:

I also love my Elnas. I even got some spare parts lately for my supermatic from the 60īs.

They usually donīt walk across the table. This is probably just because the rubber feet of your machine got hard or desintegrated. Just change them, and everything will be ok.

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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2019, 01:49:40 AM »
I found a few tricks in the maintenance from using a mix of Singer sewing machine oil and a teflon additive for the lighter parts and for the bevel gears inside the free arm I use a teflon grease that does not throw off and it makes a noticeable difference in terms of the smoothness and speed. You are probably right about the rubber feet but its closer to the speed when they are maintained properly that helps them walk across the table. I only use it in short bursts when doing long seams so its not a problem.
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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #17 on: February 12, 2019, 04:17:54 AM »
I also find a chunk of carpet gripper or shelf liner under a machine will prevent or at least help with the walking.

I also like to use sewing cabinets for end tables, night stands, etc. Double and triple duty for the furniture then. 

Of course I'm the only one dealing with any mess I make. 

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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #18 on: February 12, 2019, 10:34:18 AM »
We have an old Elna zigzag in need of a new friction drive wheel. I haven't had any luck sourcing a replacement part, though. Anyone else encountered this problem?

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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #19 on: February 12, 2019, 12:27:59 PM »
You need to know the exact model and in most instances the best you will get is a second hand machine that you can use for parts. I used Ebay to find stuff like this and its usually something that someone has had in their attic for years as a left over from their parents or grandparents. If there are any old Elna dealers or service folks left in the US you may just be lucky and find some bits, I was lucky and found a repairer who had been in the business for 50 years who had a number of the specialised feet for my model.
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Re: Industrial machines and 'artisan' machines
« Reply #20 on: February 12, 2019, 01:27:37 PM »
I heard that there were some replacement drive wheels made, but the quality was defective. The Elna I bought was probably found in an attic or similar. I lost count of the number of machines we've got. Needless to say, eBay was involved! ;)