I purchased an Elna Supermatic from an Ebay seller in Montreal fo $9.99 + $16.62 shipping and received it today. Although it absolutely reeked of cigarette smoke, it’s in much better shape than I ever imagined, especially for $9.99!!
I initially thought there were parts missing as the seller was selling it for parts, there doesn’t seem to be ANYTHING missing at all! The needle doesn’t move up and down but the motor works. This is one of those machines where you really can’t access the inner workings. It might just be worth bringing it to my sewing machine guy for help. In the mean time, I’m going to look for a manual and service guide.
This is a Swiss-made zigzag free-arm die-cast aluminum machine with a high ranking in Consumers Report in the 1950s’ . The only disadvantages were its heavy (for a portable) weight and the need for frequent oiling. The heavy sheet steel carrying case opens up to form a flat-bed table.
The Elna was the first automatic decorative-stitch of that era. It used single-height cams to control the side-to-side swing of the needle, and double-height cams to also control forward and backward motion. It will stitch anything from fine silks to vinyl and leather.