August 5, 2013

New baby...

of the sewing machine variety, that is!

She's an Elna Transforma, from the mid 50's. I've been scouring the thrift stores around me for an inexpensive free arm machine for quite some time and finally I found her!  She's a bit worn, obviously been used many, many, many times.  the paint is worn completely off a good portion of the free arm.

I knew nothing of Elnas prior to bringing her home, and truthfully, was quite nervous because she has some features I didn't recognize.

Anyways, I got her home, nervously showed the husband, who sighed and said all right. (had to show the boys too, they were ecstatic that I brought home a fun new toy...even if it wasn't for them! Ha!)  after some Internet research, learned about the knee pedal ( I thought it was a presser foot foot pedal on this baby!) Oiled her up and away we went!

I'm in love. L.O.V.E. love.  Love the knee pedal, love the sound, love the army green color!  She sews so much more accurately than my old singer.  which I still also love.  ( Think the Singer is jealous.)  He (yes, i have a male sewing machine.  he's a cranky old man.)  decided to sew perfectly after I put the Elna away and got back to finishing up a UFO on him.  Singer and I have a rocky relationship.  Threats work. 

 The only thing is that She doesn't fit well into my sewing table, because of the knee pedal.  Its a pain to get in and out, plus I'd need an insert to get a smooth surface for non-free arm needs.

But!  The genius Swiss designer who designed this thing, did a really amazing bit of product design on the case.  It folds open to become A FREAKIN' EXTENSION TABLE!  

Yes.  that green thing is the case folded open.

Ingenious.  Why cant product design these days be so useful?

I don't know if I want to use the case on a daily basis, so I might get the husband to cut an insert for my current table.  Or something.  I can tell you though, that this little lady might just become my primary machine. 

Sorry Singer 301.  You were fun, but its time to move on. 

Some notes about her, just in case someone is looking around for more personal reviews and whatnot, there isn't a whole lot of info beyond the history and specs - She's not hard to thread, just feels a little backwards from most other machines.  The thread goes around the back and comes up the front.  The bobbin I find tricky to load, but its not too hard.  just have to finesse it into the tension spring.  Knee pedal takes some getting used to, but I'm digging it.  Oh, and the only oiling spots that the manual says is necessary are painted red.  I think there's three spots.  maybe 4.  I oiled more places though, because I didn't know how well it was taken care of previously. Important!  the needle goes in with the flat side facing back. thread it from front to back.  this caused me hours of Internet searches to find out. It will not work any other way.

She's a joy to sew on.  Really.  If you are into sewing on vintage machines, The Elnas are fantastic.

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