New Machine….

Well, new to me! I am not sure how old this one actually is. I am normally a Singer girl but this little Elna caught my eye last weekend at a local antique fest and the price was right. I brought her home and she sews well.

According to the manual, she is an Elna Plana. She does a straight stitch and zig zag. She only came with one bobbin and the case was missing but I figured I could get $20 worth of fun out of this.

If anyone knows anything about this model, I would appreciate hearing about it. As I mentioned, I know quite a bit about Singers but not much of anything about Elnas.

Until next time…


About katyquilts

I am a wife, mom of four amazing adult kids, and a former librarian. I love making everything from traditional quilts to art quilts. I am thankful to God my Father and Creator for the gift of creativity!
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2 Responses to New Machine….

  1. katyquilts says:

    Thanks Pat! I really appreciate the info! My daughter has a Grasshopper and it is amazingly quiet as well. I will check out the ISMACS site for more info. Have a great day! Katy

  2. pat gardner says:

    Elna made the first free arm for home use I believe back in the late 40’s. I have an Elna1 ” the Grasshopper” it is called. Elna later developed the Supermatic it had a free arm and used cams for decorative stitches all at the beginning of the 50’s.These were a garden green color. The beige/brown series came out later in the decade ( around the time of the 400 singers judging from the color chang) They made the supermatic the most sophisticated model and then those that were a little less complicated and more affordable, the zz was one of these, the Plana was simple no free arm but with all the quality of all swiss built Elna of the day. I own several as well as my prize star super from the 70’s all are the quietest machines I have ever worked on. On ismacs there is a section on these vintage Elnas very helpful. They are my favorite machine although I have just acquired 2 401 and a403 both rival the Elnas quality but they are not as quiet!!!!!! Pat Gardner

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