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
By the way, 'Elna-discs' are the cams that slot into the 'Elnagraph Regulating Device" - don't you love that terminology?! Here it is, all lovely and mechanical, not a computerised, digitised or automated component to be seen:
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!
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