Hello dears! I am so pleased to be able to introduce to you all today the newest member of our growing Sewing Machine menagerie: The Elna Diva 9000. When we first opened the box from our Grandparents that contained this machine, our jaws were literally on the floor in amazement! I have always wanted to have a working Elna (we do have one, but up until just this past week, we have never had it serviced for it to be workable), but to have a computerized Elna Diva, with over 300 stitches just blew my mind! Thank you Grandma and Grandpa!!! But, as I know several of you have been waiting for a “tour” of this new machine, I’d better get going. Shall we begin?
The Elna Diva 9000 was one of the last Swiss built machines of the Elna line. It was made in approximately 1992, and has 3 computer cartridges that you can insert on the side for more stitch options (I still have yet to play with this function, though you can probably expect to see something along those lines at some point in the future). The machine has a quilting “table” (shown above) as well as a free arm function. The stitches, as you might guess, are selected by entering the right number on the keypad on the left. Shall we delve a bit deeper into that section?
That little gif above is just a small sampling of some of the amazing stitches this machine can do (though I hardly expect I’ll ever use ALL of them ;)) I know I have said before that I dislike automatic/computerized machines. I still do, to a certain extent, but this machine is starting to win me over, as I learn how to use the different functions. My absolute FAVORITE part is that you can adjust the stitch width and length more minutely than with my vintage machine, and it has an overlock stitch, 3-step zig-zag, several different stretch stitches (stretch blind hem anyone?), as well as font stitches for monograms! Oh, and it also came with a few different attachments, one of which is a fagoting plate (!) for creating fagoting details in a garment. Can you tell I’m excited?
The machine also came with an inspirational sewing guide on how to use all the different stitches in the machine. It really just blows me away that we now have a machine that can do elastic smocking, automatic monograms, fagoting, and loads of other neat things!
Here’s a little sampling of one of the stretch stitches. I practiced it on a ponte which doesn’t stretch too much. I’d like to try it on a really stretchy fabric at some point and see how much it stretches.
For those of you for whom a picture tour hasn’t been enough, Charlotte has put together a short video for you all. Enjoy!
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