Wednesday, March 30, 2011
New/Old Sewing Machine# 1- My Elna
I mentioned a while back that my mother sent some wonderful things in the mail. This unassuming industrial looking box was what I got most excited about. I had an idea of what was inside, but how to get it out was quite mysterious. Hmmm? A hinge?
Maybe if we turn it this way we can take a peek.
Ahhh here she is... my lovely little grasshopper!
She came with a tin box of parts and a charming diagram of how to thread written in an old- fashioned hand.
This vintage sewing machine was the first ever produced by Elna, a Swiss manufacture, beginning in the 1930's. It was nicknamed The Grasshopper because of its color, and that fold up knee bar only adds to the insect impression. They all come with a sturdy case, which turns into a fantastic sewing table instantly!
I am obviously in love with her sweet looks, but the lightweight, portability factor is a big reason for my mother shipping her across the country. If I can get my little grasshopper running smoothly, she will be accompanying me to my sewing workshops in June at Squam. I'm looking forward to sharing her! Now, it's time to research where to find a new cord and manual. Any suggestions are always helpful!