So I’ve finished cleaning up the Elna, and have begun the process of learning its “originalities” as a sewing machine. Naturally, I pulled up a copy of the user’s manual, and within 6 pages, I’ve learned something. Not so much about the machine, but about thread. So I thought I’d detail some of the neat things I find as I go and a few things I’m remembering as a result of this reading, mostly from the OSMG (Old Sewing Machine Guy).
- When thread is too dry, it becomes brittle; it regains its strength when placed near an open window overnight.
- Wind a bobbin while pressing lightly on the top of the spool. (This is also backed up by an OSMG. He said that the machines often wind a loose bobbin, which causes a tension problem when sewing. You can combat it by doing what’s mentioned here.)
- Bobbin thread should always unwind in a counter clock wise direction. Doesn’t matter which sewing machine manufacturer you sew with. (From the OSMG)