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Elina 40

Elina 40 Questions & Answers

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46 questions from our users

Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.asked

I refilled my bobbin Elina 40
Now my bobbin and spindle came out cant remove bobbin
Thank you

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Antoinette A.

Antoinette A.asked

Threaded a new bobbin tried to lift off and the whole spindle stuck to it cant take bobbin off

No answers

Heather T.

Heather T.asked

I have just bought a mini Elna for when we are travelling in the caravan. Can I change the foot to a quarter inch and can it be any Elna machine foot

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Lynn

Lynnasked

My Elina 40 displays E2 and won’t sew, don’t have a manual, could you please help? Thankyou Lyn

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lilybuffyau
lilybuffyau

In the manual it says it is an electronic problem and to take it back for repairs


Peta K

Peta Kasked

I can’t seem to get the tension correct- no matter what the dail is set at the needle three shows underneath, even on zero - how can I fix thi? Thanks

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

Hi Peta, sorry, this is a mechanic job

Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

some more thoughts.
Depends which thread you're using, the type of fabric, and is the needle the correct size for the fabric? EG, you need a smaller needle for thinner fabric, size 11 or so for fine fabric. Size 16 for denim.
The one thing I did find is that good results were only possible with good thread. It always went better on Guttermanns. Naturally. My worst experience, when the machine basically wouldn't work properly at all, was using the mega cheap three pack of Spotlight thread. Good luck. Let me know how you go.


Fay

Fayasked

What does 5P mean in the display

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

sorry, cant help with this one. Ive given my machine awauy


Eda

Edaasked

Does this machine come with a hard case?

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

Hi Eda, simply put, no. See your local dealer, she/he may have one (for a price)


Joanne W

Joanne Wasked

My machine just stopped, was sewing one minute went to iron material went back to sew and it just won’t work ,any one had this problem?

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

yes, happened all the time to me. Took it back to Spotlight (Elna aren't interested in dealing directly), they tested it and found no faults. Naturally it never happened with them although they promised they ran it for a long time. Good luck.


Bev

Bevasked

What dials do I use for a gathering thread?

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

As far as I know there is no dial for this. In the past, using another machine, I've used a special gathering attachment, but don't know if there is on for the Elina 40. I just used a long stitch length, sewed two rows and pulled the threads to gather. The old fashioned way.


helena

helenaasked

How do you adjust the position of the needle? Like move it to left and right? Thank you so much!? There is usually two arrows but I cannot find one on this machine and I lost the manual!

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Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

if you go down the numbers on the right hand display, youll see that the needle moved with certain stitch styles. EG it moves right or left with the buttonhole, and with other stitch styles as well. Sorry to be vague, Ive given mine away. In disgust.


paz_bob

paz_bobasked

I have an Elna 1000 and the manual does not mention anything about oiling. It is running quite loud though. Should I or shouldn’t I and if so where? Many many thanks hope you can assist me.

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rhondadknight
rhondadknight

yes, all machines need oiling occasionally, there are directions where to oil in your manual or online.

paz_bob
paz_bob

Thanks for that Rhonda. You’d hope it would be in the manual but as there’s no mention of it in the manual, I guess online will be my next step. Thanks

Terrigalteas
Terrigalteas

The machine also runs noisily if it needs cleaning. Particularly under the feed plate. It's all in the manual.


Lossy

Lossyasked

Where do l put the oil in a elnita sp machine?

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Diantina
Diantina

Youtube has some videos showing how to oil your machine. Much better than me trying to explain where and how. Also the manual should tell you where.


missyilean

missyileanasked

Hi, how do I adjust the tension on the pressure foot on my Elna 6000, there doesn't seem to be a dial for this.?

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Diantina
Diantina

Hi, As I mostly sew the same type of fabrics, I don't bother with changing the pressure foor but now that you mentioned it, I have looked in my manual and cannot find any mention of how to change it. Tried online and did find a website that talks about changing the tension and all I can come up with is the following:
Locate your presser foot tension regulator
If your regulator is dial, spin it towards the plus sign to tighten the pressure or towards the minus to loosen it.
If you have a pin, pressing down the pin will make it pop up and will create a light pressure, needed for heavy fabric. Press down on the pin again to create heavy pressure if you are sewing light fabric.
If you have a knob, it usually comes with an indicator next to it. Pressing up or down the indicator will increase or reduce pressure on your presser foot.
If your machine has a screw, use the screwdriver to turn the screw and change the presser foot tension. Turning the screw clockwise or towards a plus sign will create heavy pressure and turning it counterclockwise or towards the minus sign will give you light pressure.
Hope this helps. If you are sewing light material, I find if you put some tissue or lunch paper or even toilet paper behind the material it will feed much more smoothly and the paper just puts off and any that is left on will wash off. On the occasion I get a thick bit I just help the machine by pulling gently from the back to make the machine feed it through. Not a very professional answer but all I have. Sorry about this.


Jancar

Jancarasked

Why is the machine sewing slowly?

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Didi

Didiasked

I am having trouble with my auto buttonhole attachment keeps going to bl. Any ideas?

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Diantina
Diantina

Sorry, I haven't tried using the buttonhole attachment. If I get a chance will try it out and see what happens with mine


Sharon Kevin F

Sharon Kevin Fasked

I'm thinking of buying this elna as i'm a beginner, haven't touched a sewing machine since school many yrs ago.is I've read some reviews .is it worth buying it's only $299 at spotlight at the moment?

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frustrated
frustrated

NO - not if you are a beginner! I suggest you DON'T buy a computerised machine first up, just get an ordinary one with dials etc - this means your stitches will stay set. With the Elna 40 every time you switch it off you lose your settings & have to start again! I'm a fairly experienced sewer & it frustrates the hell out me having to reset stitches every time!

helena
helena

I think it's worth buying. I don't get why "frustrated" thinks your stiches won't stay set, it's suppose to reset everytime. You don;t need to set up much anyways, it's just 3 buttons with the type (#) width and tension! It's pretty good in my opinion and if you'll be using it for a long time why get a cheaper one when this is good?

helena
helena

I think it's worth buying. I don't get why "frustrated" thinks your stiches won't stay set, it's suppose to reset everytime. You don;t need to set up much anyways, it's just 3 buttons with the type (#) width and tension! It's pretty good in my opinion and if you'll be using it for a long time why get a cheaper one when this is good?


Glen

Glenasked

Machine is not working. It’s showing E1 in the window bar. Anyone know what this means?

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frustrated
frustrated

According to page 35 of the manual E1 = "the machine is malfunctioning due to a problem in the electronic components." "Contact the service centre of the store from where the machine was purchased." (to me the E1 was buying this machine in the first place!). Have you tried switching it off then on again after a minute or 2? Maybe like a lot of computer stuff If you could try unplugging all its bits & leave for 24 hours then try again. If still the same E1 - then I guess you need to take it in for repair.

Glen
Glen

Thanks, I did switch it off and on a few times. I will try it again tomorrow and see what happens


oma

omaasked

The stitch pattern selector on my new Elina 40 does not seem to wor - it only sews a straight line.
Pushed the # (1), \/\/ (2), ---- (3) button, but nothing changes - no lights, no function - nothing.
What could be the problem??
Looking forward to a speedy reply - I need it desperately!
Ruth Avakian

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frustrated
frustrated

If there are no lights etc - something big is wrong - you need to take it to a repairer. Are the power plugs etc plugged in correctly (power on?). It should make a beeping noise when you first plug both cords in & switch on the power (at the wall) & also the switch on the machine. If you are not getting that - repair man needed!


Debbie

Debbieasked

I have had my Elna Elina 40 for just over 6 years, not used very often, but just got back into making some cushions. I have had the machine continually keep sewing even though I've taken my foot off pedal. Find this to be so dangerous. I rang Spotlight who advised I will have to order a new pedal, but its a special order. Does anyone else have this problem. I noticed in this thread somewhere that you can use the machine without a foot pedal. If that is the case, how does this work, maybe I've knocked a setting somewhere rather than having a foot pedal problem. In saying that I have the FC come up on the screen too, so be interesting to see any comments about this.

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Lise
Lise

To use without the foot control you simply don't connect the foot at all. Then push the start/stop button on the front of the machine. For memory it is the last button in the row on the machine front. Use the slide bar to control the speed. Other buttons work as usual.

Debbie
Debbie

Thank you will try this

skyhi
skyhi

Hi Debbie,

I have the same problem... it's like a ghost is operating the machine! Even after I finish sewing, it begins all by itself & even changes speed. Like you, the only thing I can do to stop it, is to switch off the power. Unfortunately, when I turn it back on, it continues to sew. At first it would display the error signal & then return to enable the settings. However, now I can't even begin the process by myself! So, I have had to admit defeat. I am looking into buying a new foot pedal, but fear it will only happen again as I think it may be a common fault with these machines, as I have read that other users have complained of the same problem :(.


Cookie

Cookieasked

How do you adjust the stitch length for the elina 40 please...?

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Peter M.
Peter M.

To adjust the stitch length on the Elina 40 you need to select the stitch length function.
By pressing the function button next to the + and - , the stitch length is the third option from memory. When you are in the stitch length functions the length is displayed as a numerical value in mm, once you have the desired length, you can return to pattern selection by pressing the function button again.


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