This Ole Elna Overlocker

As with all of our relocations, parting with my appliances means I get to inaugurate each new craft space for new / different ones. This time, I was feeling adventurous and did some eBay and Gumtree shopping. It was definitely a rash decision by bidding on a machine I did not research (for reviews); I had been outbid for other machines I had interest in and thought it would happen just the same with this one.

This is the Elna overlocker I ended up winning as the first and only bidder: Elna Lock L-1.


It is a sturdy made-in-Japan machine that arrived by courier from New South Wales in speed.
Lots of cleaning up and oiling ensued, followed by a bulb that needed to be replaced.


The original manual arrived from the eBay seller separately, and the replacement bulbs came well protected.
A string of profanity was let out when I saw how much bigger the new bulb was.


The big new bulb fitted with a little bit of bumping against the inner wall, and we have light.
Door flap to the light bulb won’t close now. Small matter.

While the thrill of seeking a “vintage” object had been fun and romantic in practice, I now have my doubts about buying an old no-longer-in-production machine online and without seeing it in person. However, this compact Elna, I am certain, is a feisty durable thing that will do her job loyally.
Just sad that I won’t get to sew knits with this machine… Doh!

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2 thoughts on “This Ole Elna Overlocker

    1. You may be right about the overlocker!
      Am doing some reading up on 3-stitch overlocker and knits, and I believe this overlocker might do some tidying up of seams, and maybe even knits too. Will have to test it out!

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