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Packages have arrived...

The video card arrived. I was rather surprised to see that it came with a standard full-height back panel, but buried in the box was a low profile panel to replace it. It's not installed yet.

The junky Elna Supermatic arrived. Boy, is it junky. It looks like it sat in somebody's barn for the last 30 years. The case is rusty and the "Elnagraph" stitch regulator (where the cams go) is all hosed up.

And I couldn't care less.

The knee-bar is intact, complete and very clean, and installed on my machine in a jiffy. The accessory tray is slightly damaged (the second rail that holds the bobbin-pins in is busted), but it's an improvement over the white plastic box that I've been using to hold parts. It just needs to be washed off.

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ladycelia
Nov. 11th, 2005 02:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, Ye Who Puts Old Sewing Machine Manuals Online:
There's an Elna 'notes to mechanics' brochure on eBay right now--I found it while doing a search under machines for Elna while looking for cams for my machine.



bovil
Nov. 11th, 2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
Saw it.

I don't actually care about fixing the junker. I bought it for the knee lever and the accessory tray. Without the knee lever it's useless (because it doesn't have a socket for a foot controller, unlike mine). The only irritating bit is figuring out how to get the cam that's in the machine out, because the elnagraph is hosed, and blocking it in, and of course it's one that I didn't already have.

Last week was the week for cams, there was someone in Australia selling a whole stack of them. But if you're really watching out, you might just want to create a saved search that emails you new listings daily.
karisu_sama
Nov. 11th, 2005 03:29 pm (UTC)
Ooooh.

I <3's me my solid 1960's Elna, which I borrowed permanently from my mom in the 80's... XD Recently sent off for a photocopy of the manual, which I'd mislaid.
johno
Nov. 11th, 2005 04:37 pm (UTC)
New Toys!
You write about sewing machines with as much glee as many folks write about new computers.
jorhett
Nov. 13th, 2005 06:26 pm (UTC)
I should probably bribe ya' ...
I should probably just bribe ya' to find one of these good old machines you posted so much about. I keep seeing them on e-bay, but the posters don't often post (and sometimes don't know) which model is which...
bovil
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:10 pm (UTC)
Re: I should probably bribe ya' ...
Yeah, you gotta ask. Sellers are notorious about not posting details. If there's anything you don't see in the pictures, ask. The back section of the accessory box (the part that's damaged) was carefully omitted from all photos in that auction.

Take a look at these auctions, though:
Elna Supermatic looks pretty complete, shows normal wear on the paint, lister says it works.

Viking 6020 Colormatic looks pretty complete, lister can't spell.

Viking 6030 Colormatic looks very complete.

They've all got good detail pictures and there isn't much hidden.
jorhett
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:47 pm (UTC)
Re: I should probably bribe ya' ...
Thanks for pointing those out.
bovil
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:51 pm (UTC)
Re: I should probably bribe ya' ...
There's also a Pfaff 332-260, but it's got a bunch of parts that mine is missing, so I'm planning to bid on that one.
bovil
Nov. 14th, 2005 03:53 pm (UTC)
Re: I should probably bribe ya' ...
Oh, and a 362, but it's missing the stitch dial, so figuring out how to use all the stitches is night unto impossible.
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