Not for thick fabric. Super basic machine. Probably wouldn't buy again
Very basic machine. I mainly sew hems. I don't sew much anymore and only needed a machine for quick repairs. Couldn't handle seams. Needle broke and unable to raise wheel.
Purchased in April 2021 at Spotlight Retail Stores for $200.00.
Several years in and still love this machine
Undoubtedly basic, but despite what the companies would like to sell that’s often all a person needs. I sew clothes and have been very satisfied with the results.
Easy to function and maintain. Sews a variety of fabrics well. Goes quite well over multiple layers. For best results use good quality thread and needles, as you always should. Not many feet come with/are available for this machine, but there are plenty available that fit if you ignore the branded advertising. Similarly, you might want to look up general instruction for sewing onlin...e rather than rely solely on the limited manual (mine has notes scribbled in the margins). Issues? Not many in my experience, this machine has been very reliable. Again, if you maintain it and use good quality thread etc you will cut issues other sewers have. I do have problems with bobbins sometimes, if it’s not wound exactly correct or there’s a minor tension issue. Correct and rethread and eventually it will just work. The plastic bobbins are a nuisance and I made the mistake of buying cheap, flimsy replacements at some stage which has helped nothing. I don’t think the bobbin winder is great. Other reviewers have also noted that this machine is full speed ahead only. Over all, I love it and am very attached. My Elna 1000 has been excellent value for the low price I paid and caused me not a fraction of the issues I’ve seen people having with much pricier machines and better known brands. It’s a basic mechanical model and delivers bang for every buck invested. I have not once regretted buying this machine. (I have regretted the lack of one step button holes and a few automated perks like that, but to get them I’d have to replace this machine. And I don’t want to.)
Purchased at Spotlight.
Worst machine I have ever owned
The wheel loosens & the machine 'slips' constantly during sewing . If you keep stopping & starting and tightening the wheel and you can get the needle to move up and down, the stitches form perfectly. It's unusable. Totally frustrating. Awful machine. I can't get it to work for any length of time on poplin, have no idea why it's called 'heavy duty'.
I got it half price on sale. Perhaps this is why they're on sale so often?
Purchased at Spotlight Retail Stores.
When I opened to get the bobbin out the entire circular section fell out with oil pouring over my desk.
Purchased a faulty machine. Following hours unsuccessful myself I contacted store they understood that the circular section surrounding the bobbin had fallen out with oil. Told me to place machine on side as only way the parts would go back in. Did that parts went in but machine still not working and loose around bobbin holder. With difficulty I gained a refund from Spotlight.
Purchased in November 2020 at Spotlight Retail Stores for $180.00.
The machine may be OK, but the instruction manual is useless
I used to have a Pfaff [made in Germany] and it lasted me almost 30 yrs. I bought Elna 1000 and realized that it is made in Thailand, not in Switzerland as it insinuates. That might be OK. But open the instruction book and you see right away it is crap. Impossible to follow the instruction, pages are misnumbered etc etc., just pure rubbish that you cannot rely on it for help if something goes wrong. I do not do so much sewing anymore as I used to, but it annoying when something goes amiss and you cannot figure out how to fix it because the instructions are useless. Never again.
Purchased in September 2018 at Spotlight Online Store for $180.00.
Issues with bottom thread can be fixed !!
The machine was great for a year then the bottom thread started to get loopy and uneven. I replaced the bobbin case and everything is great again. I use my machine allot (everyday) so apart from the bobbin casing issue, it is perfect. Only annoying thing is there is no on/off switch.
Purchased at Spotlight Retail Stores for $400.00.
Crap sewing machine
Will never recommend this to anyone or buy this crap ever agian.It has either not stitched together my clothes properly or it tears holes into my garments causing a massive mess .Also very high maintenance so steer clear of this one!!!!
Will never buy this crap again smh.But i guess you get what you pay for!!!
Purchased in September 2016 for $300.00.
I have to pay to get a missed instruction manual.
We got one used Elna 1000 from a friend, she misplaced the machine's manual, I e-mailed the company to get a pdf copy, they replied with instruction on how to find their dealers and buying the manual from them, what a cheap company that profit from instruction paper?!
Fine with simple sewing, struggles across seams
Straight stitching of two layers of fabric is fine; struggles with seams and skips with two layers of flannel.
Does not like the bobbin being low On thread, stitches unevenly.
Breaks the thread often in the feeds before it gets near the needle.
Purchased machine for a beginner quilter and started using it when she experienced numerous issues, some due to ignorance, others were the machine.
I do not recommend this machine for quilting or sewing thick fabric
Ok if you don’t need to sew double fabric or seams
The machine sews fine if you only require to use the straight stitch , as soon as you use the other options the tension adjusts itself ??? I purchased mine only two weeks ago and when I contacted the store they told me “ your tension is too tight “ given I’ve beensewingfor over 30 years I was annoyed they thought I was stupid
Lean & Noisy, like a Ferret
A lot of crappy reviews have been written about this sewing machine. I read them after i purchased it... but to my amazement & overlooking my very limited skills, this machine is not bad at all. Definitely for a beginner - it's true, over the past month of ownership I've had cockups, but these have been my fault.
A Few Cockups -
WOULDNT SEW - i had not clicked the bobbin holder thingy on top of machine back into place after filling bobbin
NEEDLES BREAKING - i had wrong brand, wrong size
STITCHES WERE CRAP - typical error for beginners..., tension was all over the shop. Googled what they should look like & best tension to use - & perfect ice cubes! Since becoming experienced (over 4 weeks), I've now sewn doubled over wool, boiled wool & sheepskin. And i used the standard ELNA needle - yea i know that's not what i should do, but my point is the machine did a beautiful job. Cotton didn't break once.
Questions & Answers
I was excited to buy this machine, now with all of the horrible reviews, I'm frightened to use it...
Please don't be concerned. It is a very basic machine so it is hard to compare it to more expensive models. I do have a problem when I sew thicker fabric but for hems and small.repairs, it has been ok. If it worries you, are you able to return the machine or exchange it for another model of machine?
It's just a machine. Why would you be scared to use it?
Mine's un-useable. Clutch slips mid-sewing all the time. Took it back to Spotlight for repair. Failed to address the actual fault. Got a patronising response about 'wrong needle' & 'keep machine clear of dust/oiled'. So its gathering dust. Totally waste of my money.
Don’t be terrified! Any mass produced machine has a percentage of failures and unfortunately with basic models people who have been disappointed are usually the ones passionate enough to review. Some people who reviewed obviously had a VERY faulty machine, but others - may not have put time into working out what they were doing wrong. I hope you have as good an experience as I have, but if you’re really put off then I think Susie B’s recommendation to see if you can exchange for another model you like the sound of is good :)
We have a brand new Elna 1000 machine, sewed 1 short piece of material fine, now won’t sew properly! The bottom stitch is not working, just looping & knotting up! We have followed the instructions, re threaded everything, have the same cotton on bobbin & top thread, bobbin is threaded correctly etc. but won’t sew properly????
Apart from turning the power off at the wall, is there a hidden light switch that turns the light off on this machine?
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