Yay! A new machine

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I don't post very often here, but read quite a lot.

I've just been given a Elna Lotus and had to share my delight with other
people who would understand how happy I am with it!

Hooray! It's so tiny. It's amazing!

I was told that it was going to be thrown out, but if I could get it to work
I could have it. It took me getting on for an hour, but it works and is
sitting in the dining room with my serger and my Bernina :o)

Sarah
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Sarah Carter wrote:
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You better duck, Kate is going to be throwing a book at your head.
<VBG>

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Not a bit - while I did have to BUY my Lotus, I was GIVEN both my
Featherweight, my treadle, *and* my Jones hand crank!  I ain't
complaining if a fellow enthusiast scores a good deal and gives a
delightful little orphan a loving home!  :D

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Sarah Carter wrote:
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Congratulations!!!

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Congratulations!  Kate will probably have much more than that to say when
she reads your post.
"Happy Sewing Day to you1.
Emily



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Sarah Carter wrote:

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Yeeee Haw!  You have one of THE BEST small machines ever made!  I have
one - a basic ZZ.  There's also an SP in my web site (URL below... ) Do
check it out and tell us more!  :)

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Thanks! I knew there would be a few people here that would appreciate my
news :o)

This one is the ZZ too. A friend of my mother-in-law is moving house to live
with her son and has to declutter rapidly. She was going to throw it away
and my mother in law saved it hoping she's find someone who wanted it if she
could get it working which I did. I knew if I didn't want it I would find
someone else, but it's lovely.

The bobbins from my Bernina work in it which was a relief as it didn't have
any with it. It has the instruction book and a sewing guide, a zipper foot
and another which I haven't looked at properly yet, a seam ripper and a
screwdriver.

I'm going to have to source some needles as I only have my Bernina ones. I
have to admit that I'm a bit of a novice when it comes to different machines
having learnt on the Bernina at school and actively sought an identical one
when the time came to buy one for myself!

One this that I found amazing is that everything is perfectly designed on
the Elna Lotus. At one point there was me, my husband, my mother in law and
her husband staring at is in amazment when we found the spring to get the
bobbin out safely! *laughs*

Sarah
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Sarah Carter wrote:
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It, as do most machines, takes standard needles.  No need to "source" -
whatever fits your Bernina will do nicely.
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 Note that some Berninas do take a different length needle.  All of
mine do and I would not use those needles in a standard machine.  Now
having typed that I also have a couple of Singers that take a
different needle size.  Best to find the correct needle for each
machine.  Berninas are not mutually interchangeable with other brands
across the board..

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Singer 306 and 319 do take a different needle if they were not retimed,
but I didn't know Berninas cannot use a Schmetz, Organ, or Singer
needle.  I have a Willcox and Gibbs that takes a special hard-to-find
needle, and the  toy machines take a small needle.  Some of the very old
machines will take some of the serger needles - it's a trial and error
thing.  I had no idea, though, that Bernina had a specialized needle.
Doubly glad now that I never bought one.
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Is news to me. The Berninas we had inflicted on us at Uni, and at
college before that, all took bog-standard 15x1 needles. Most were older
models. The couple of newer ones still took the same needle, but were
finicky about bobbins.

I personally wouldn't buy a Bernina, but that's simply because I think
they're vastly over-rated and overpriced. Others, of course, will now
shoot me down in flames.

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She who would like to be obeyed once every Preston Guild

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I agree with them being pricey. I was taught on one at school and the
familiarity with it made working one much quicker with a lower stress levels
than working on my Mum's Singer, especially with maching embroidery.

Sarah
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How funny - they have the opposite effect on me, probably due to their
finickyness. But then I grew up with a singer treadle - can even do
free-motion embroidery on one if push comes to shove (although these
days I generally only do that for a bet! LOL!)

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Ooh. Worth knowing about. Cheers!

Sarah
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Excellent news! The number that it said in the manual was different to the
one on my needle packet, so it made my worry.

Sarah
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Switch to Super stitches on old Janome?


Hi, we have a New Home model 702..  Looks to be a 6o's model.  There are two
rows of stitches.  We have figured out how to switch between stitches in one
row, but cannot figure out how to switch to the second row.

Anyone have an old New Home and know how to get to the "Super Automatic"
stitches?

Thanks
Sandy



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I don't know anything about that machine,  but here are 2 sites that carry
old sewing manuals.

http://www.sewusa.com/Sewing_Machine_Manuals/New_Home_Sewing_Machines.htm

http://www.sewingmachinemanuals.net/ModelPages/NewHome_Models.htm

if you don't already have the manual,  maybe this will help

Daisy


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I had an old New Home with "Super Automatic" stitches.    I seem to recall
that you pressed in the selection knob to get those stitches.

Iris



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Sarah Carter wrote:

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Good!  But the bobbins are really easy to order.  My OSMG keeps them in
stock, so if you have difficulty...

Lucky you getting the zipper foot!  Mine came with the standard metal
foot, the plastic ZZ foot, and the darning foot (has a lever  and a
spring on it and a square hole, rather than the conventional two
'toes').  A zip foot and a replacement ZZ foot will be ordered...  The
ZZ foot has obviously been chipped by a 'needle accident' at some point
(!) in its past!

Inside the top cover you *should* have:

Box of needles (any make will do - just buy good quality!)
needle threader
2 spare bobbins
Seam ripper (mine had the original, but it was broken, so I replaced it
- better a working one than a dangerous one!)
slim oil bottle
tiny screwdriver
alternative feet (the collection varies according to model and year!)
Feed dog cover for darning/quilting/FM embroidery

I'm awaiting a copy of the manual by email: when I get it, I'll see if
you could also be sent a copy.
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It takes standard needles, same as the Bernina!  :)  I usually use
Schmetz or Rhein (who make the needles in the Bernina packest!  I buy in
boxes of 100... )
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Cute, innit!  :D  I love the way everything stows away so neatly.  Mine
is... hrm...  'cosmetically challenged' after some considerable time in
slightly damp storage!  Wilf replaced the end flap as it was beyond
redemption.  I'm still trying to persuade DH to rub down and repaint the
others so I can use it on bridal things without a qualm.  I've prepared
a page for it, but I can't remember if it's published and on the site
yet.  The SP I got for a friend is: I gave it to her when she gave me
her Featherweight and a Lotus decal 66 treadle - since re-homed to
another friend.

Over the weekend I have been treadling on the 15-88.  That too behaves
impeccably - except when she wants to set off backwards!

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