You might remember that I have been shopping for a vintage sewing machine. After that day I started looking hard. I decided the featherweights were awesome but just too pricey for what I wanted it for.
One day I typed Elna into my search engine (because my everyday machine is an Elna) and I found vintage Elnas. They really got me intrigued. Sure they weigh a lot more than the featherweight but they are more unique to me.
One night while talking to my friend Mara, who happens to be an addicted auction goer, I told her about my new search. She told me to hold one, she was pretty sure she had one that her late husband Ed had purchased. I could hear her walking, as she stepped into her garage she said, "Yes I thought he had one". "It's yours!" she told me. She said Ed would be proud if I would put it to use.
The blacksmith went Wednesday and picked it up for me.
It comes neatly packaged in this heavy metal green case.
My jack-of-all-trades blacksmith immediately got to work on it. For a night and a day, he sewed lots of scraps. He has it about 95% ready to use. It sews nice, but we still feel a professional clean up on it would be great.
I love my Elna Supermatic, dated 1953. It has one unique feature, the case turns into a sewing table. Oh yes, it also sews using a knee bar.
It also has cams. You insert these to make decorative stitches, including zig-zag. The machine has everything that originally came with it, the book, the tools, and attachment feet.
Thank you Mara! I will think of Ed every time I sew with it.
The same evening my Bernina Deco 600 embroidery machine arrived. I had purchased it off of EBay a week earlier. I feel I got a darn good deal on it. There were 3 software patterns included still in the original shrink wrap. They had a price tag of $139 each. That is more than I paid for the machine.
It sat for two days just like this. I feared it. I've never used one, knew nothing about it.
I am so lucky, life is good!