Last week, we looked at the Elna Carina, a fully featured cam ready machine that sits at the cusp of what I consider vintage. Today we'll step back in time to look at the Star Series flatbed Elna Super 64C--a far less common variant of one of the most famous and ubiquitous Elnas of all, the Elna 62C SU.
When I took Ray White's sewing machine repair course, I tried to ask the Elna man himself what his favorite machine was. While I don't think he wanted to bias the class by singling out one machine, he did speak very highly of the Elna Carina. I was intrigued. I had never seen a Carina, nor was I able to observe one being worked on in the classroom, so I made a mental note to keep an eye out for one of these and see for myself what all the hype was about.
Who would have guessed that the world's first transformer was actually a sewing machine? Meet the Elna Lotus SP, the first sewing machine to incorporate its own case in its design. This clever little piece of Swiss engineering represented the peak of innovation in the late 60s and can be found on permanent display in the New York Museum of Modern Art.