Manufactured in Switzerland. Isn't it pretty? I bought it used in Brandon for $55 CAD from a lady who was replaced it with a Husqvarna Designer machine from the 1990s.
The manual is well-written and easy to follow. This sweet little machine arrived at the craft emporium in perfect running order. All it required some cleaning. Elna came with her manuals X 2, bobbins and accessories.
After I cleaned her up, I sewed six nylon shopping bags with it while watching movies. Elna sews lovely precise stitches! Then I bought a used green steel Elna case from the Brandon Sewing Centre for it. Elna along with the shopping bags and some knitted dishcloths was gifted to my lovely niece who is moving to Alaska! A huge thanks to Lindsay who scanned book 1 of her manual for free downloading to anyone who needs it. If you do download it, will you please leave a comment here so I know this was helpful?
Today I scanned and uploaded the instruction manual to google docs. Please feel free to download and enjoy. If you do use it, would you please leave a comment here so I know this link was helpful.
Have a super duper day!
I received and replied to this email which may be helpful to others.
My name is Patricia and I'm in the East Bay of CA. I found you via the
blog Zigzaggers, which came up in my search to find info on fixing my
Lelia's feed dog issue. I am hoping to pick you brain a bit further.
I do belong to the Necchi user group and have posted this question
there, but no joy! Here is what I wrote/how I can best explain it:
I've been a very happy owner of a Lelia 513 for about a year now. I
bought her in superb condition, with alot of great feet and right away
bought Triflow oil and made sure I kept the machine properly oiled.
I love the stitches and the heavy duty aspect of this machine, it has
taken me a year to truly get to know it. I clean, oil and trouble
shoot using the user's manual and the service manual.
However a few months ago I did start to have some problems with my
feed dog. It seemed to drop and I couldn't get it back up. I did tons
of research and found info about cleaning, oiling and 'unfreezing' the
feed dog mechanism.
I did the whole alcohol clean up, put in tons of oil and then use a
hair dryer. But the lever just goes up/down seemingly not attached to
I have a feeling I'm not aiming the hairdryer in the proper place.
Where exactly do I aim the heat from the hairdryer? Is there anything
else I can possibly try to get my feed dog to drop up and down?
Tammy, if you have any insight or advice you can give I would be
Before you try anything more..did your feed dogs ever drop? If you have visited my blog you know I collect vintage machines. Right now my Lelia is set up for free motion quilting with the feed dogs down. Here is how it works on the Necchi 513. When the plastic lever is pushed down the feed dogs are disengaged. This is not automatic I have to turn the hand wheel towards me. The same is true to raise the feed dogs, I flip the plastic lever up and rotate the hand wheel then the feed dogs re-engage. This is different than my other vintage machines where button or lever raises and lowers the feed dogs automatically. Would you please try this and let me know if your issue is resolved?
I wish my vintage machines could tell their stories of where they have been, what they sewed and how they were loved.
Introducing Pinky! - Japanese 15 Clone
1910 Bernard Stoewer Treadle
Made in Germany
1940 Singer 15-91 (Pearl)
This machine has a geared driven motor. Sold to Linda in Glenboro April 2015
1960s Imperial - Ruthie
Made in Japan. Ruthie was gifted to an immigrant family in August 2010.
Bernina Nova 900 (Novalee)
Manufactured in Switzerland between 1982-1985. Sold to Marge in Steinbach, Manitoba in February 2012.
1983 Bernina 930 Record
Manufactured in Switzerland
Elna Air Electronic TSP
Manufactured in Switzerland in 1976. This machine was gifted to my niece in September 2010.
1954 Elna Supermatic
Manufactured in Switzerland. This machine was sold to Jeanne In Winnipeg December 2011.
1970s Elna Supermatic (Ella)
Manufactured in Switzerland. Sold to Kristen in Winnipeg in December 2011.
Elna SU 62C
Manufactured in Switzerland. Purchased in July 2013 and sold in August 2013.
1996 Husqvarna 500 (Heidi)
Made in Sweden. I bought it new in 1997 and to this day it is still my favourite machine. Heidi complete with the cabinet she sits on was gifted to Shannon in July 2011.
Husqvarna 530 Lily
Manufactured in Sweden 1997 traded for the 555 in March 2012
Husqvarna Lily 555
Manufactured in Sweden sold to Rosalie in Stonewall May 2015
1979 Husqvarna 6570 (Ruby)
Manufactured in Sweden. Ruby was sold to Sandra in Winnipeg March 2012.
1961 Necchi Lelia 513
Made in Italy - sold to Maria in Winnipeg January 2013
1954 Necchi Mira BU
Manufactured in Italy. Mira was sold to Cindy in Florida in January 2012.
Pfaff 7510 (Phyllis)
Isn't she pretty? Phyllis was sold in June 2011.
I'm just tickled pink with her!
Singer Genie 354
Manufactured in France in 1974. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
Singer featherweight - Tinkerbell!
A tiny black beauty. Traded in to upgrade embroidery machine in September 2013.
1956 Domestic Automatic (Wilma)
Manufactured in Japan. This machine has a dozen cams to make fancy zig-zag stitches. Wilma was given to my son Jason in August 2013, she lives in Calgary now.
Fancy sewing machine cabinet
In 1988, I bought this cabinet without a machine for $35. My husband took it apart. It took me four months of evenings and weekends to strip and refinish it. Doug put a shelf in to fit a modern free-arm machine. Since 1997 this cabinet is home to Shannon's Husqvarna 500.
Elna Stella (Stella)
My Wee Sewing Machine made in Switzerland. Stella weighs about 12 pounds. This machine was sold on ebay to a lady in Hawaii.