-Hello. My name is Catherine and I’m addicted to vintage sewing machines
Another stockholm thrift store find. It’s like THEY find ME.
So I was just browsing. You know. Killing some time. No intention of buying anything. And then I see this:
How intriguing. Vaguely military. No label or markings. But I just knew.
Yup. A cute little green Elna 1. The first model Elna produced. Original case, accessory box, a couple of presser feet. 200 Kr ($33.) Sold. He wasn’t quite as heavy as my Bernina 730 Record, but I had some sore arms after hauling him back to Gubbängen.
When I got home I excitedly unpacked Greenie. He came with the original manual in Swedish, and tucked in the manual was the original receipt, dated 1959. He cost 350 kr 55 years ago.
The green-lidded accessory box:
And the best part:
The case the turns into a sewing table.
Can you see what beautiful condition he’s in?
A little bit of cleaning with a looped pipe-cleaner and some compressed air, and Greenie was sewing nicely. The Elna 1 is a straight stitch only machine and has limited capabilities, but I’m pretty happy. The knee pedal is really nice to use, although it takes a little getting used to.
And here’s a sneak peek at my lovely new green Anna Dress.
I’ll model it when the rain stops.