Elna is a Swiss brand and former manufacturer of textile machines , including fabric presses and sewing , overlock and coverstitch machines. When the Swiss federal government restricted, then banned, exports of war materiel , Tavaro shifted to peaceful industry. Tavaro's first sewing machine had no official name - just a model number - but it was consistently referred to in sales literature simply as Elna without a definite article. Ramon Casas Robert , [a] a Spanish engineer, a working prototype was reportedly complete as early as , but development was interrupted by the Spanish Civil War , and Casas was forced to emigrate to Switzerland.
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Although they aren't quite as popular as big-name brands like Singer and Bernina , Elna sewing machines have had a devoted following for decades. Famous for their reliability and ease of use, these Swiss sewing machines have been sold in the United States since the s. You can find vintage models for sale in antique shops and flea markets, and modern Elna machines are available from a number of retailers. Like many specialty brands, you'll have to visit an approved Elna retailer to purchase a machine.
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I am still snowed in here, so what better way to pass some time than to have a good, long moan about my sewing machine, an Elna My first machine was an old Singer made in the 60s which had a lot of use and was not worth the price it would cost to repair. I had a chat with the gentleman in the Singer shop who serviced all the machines, and he told me that Singer was no longer the best brand of sewing machine to buy. He recommended Elna and Janome to me, and informed me that they were in fact the same company. I had a look at some Elna models and some Janome ones, but I was inexperienced in both sewing and using a machine, so really I had no idea what to look for.
In October Elna International Corp. The co-founder of the Elna sewing machine factory is the Spanish engineer Ramon Casas Robert, who brought his invention of the free-arm sewing machine and patents to Tavaro SA. Elna 1 , was the first compact, portable, electric sewing machine with a free arm when unfolded, its metal carrying case formed a sewing table. The Elna 1 was green in color, breaking away from the traditional black , an innovation in itself for the time.