So, to get my Greist Buttonholer working, I had to buy a new sewing machine! After a couple of months stalking TradeMe I settled on another Elna Supermatic – this one actually:
This model is from 1958 – later than my mother’s 1955 version. I purchased her from a man who repairs and reconditions Elna’s for a hobby – and he does a great job because she runs as smooth as silk!
He had a few other machines in his queue that he showed me, and we looked over his Elna-disc collection – swoon! I was given 10 discs with the machine, and purchased another couple from him as well – so this is my collection as it currently stands:
|01 – three step zig-zag stitch
02 – serpentine stitch
03 – zig-zag stitch
05 – scallop stitch
10 – blind hem stitch
12 – spindle stitch
13 – rectangle stitch
|105 – greek key stitch
107 – herringbone stitch
108 – triangular stitch
118 – wave stitch
121 – leaf stitch
131 – stalagmites and stalactites stitch
142 – daisy stitch
143 – sunset stitch
I could seriously become a cam-collector…..
Of course the first thing I did when I got home was try out every single one!
Then I tried out the buttonholer…..
Then I cut out and sewed a dress…..
I had such a fun afternoon sewing in the sun at the kitchen table – and I’m so thrilled with my new Elna Supermatic!
|Image sourced here|
I do have a soft spot for Elna’s – I suspect it has a lot to do with nostalgic memories of sewing on the kitchen table at home as a schoolgirl! Do you have an attachment to a certain sewing machine? A particular brand? A specific era? Or, like me – the machine you learnt to sew on?