Elna (Swiss company)

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Elna is a Swiss company which mass-produces sewing machines.[a][2][3][4] The Elna sewing machines and overlockers became a standard fixture in sewing and alterations factories. Elna began operations in the 1940s.[2] Elna USA is based in Elk Grove Village, Illinois.[2]

In the late 1940s and 1950s, an increased demand for sewing machines in the United States transpired, and Elna machines were imported into the U.S., as well as other sewing machines from companies in Germany, Italy, Switzerland and Sweden.[5] In 1949, Elna sewing machines were described as "Switzerland's entry in the race for the U.S. sewing machine market."[6]

During the World Expo 88, all costume design was done on Elna TSP (Blue Tops as they were known).

In the 2000s, Elna was taken over by Japanese competitor Janome,[2] with models now being a rebadged Janome.


Popular models:

  • TSP (Top Special Edition)[7]
  • SP (Special Edition)[7]
  • SU (Supermatic)[5][7][8]
  • Lotus - Portable model[7]
  • Stella - Electronic portable model

The Air Electronic was a revolution in the industry. Instead of a standard metal control foot, it was a cushion powered by air from an internal compressor. It never heated up and was silent. The Air Electronic was followed by the Carina, which had a few changes to update it including a button to bring up the bobbin thread and an accessories case that slid under the free arm.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Final machining of a part for an Elna sewing machine by a whole range of precision operations at a high production rate ..."[1]


  1. ^ "Swiss Technics. Swiss Office for the Development of Trade. 1962. p. 50. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c d Cox, M. (2008). The Quilter's Catalog: A Comprehensive Resource Guide. Workman Publishing Company, Incorporated. p. 127. ISBN 978-0-7611-3881-5. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. March 1950. p. 40. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  4. ^ tide, the newsmagazine of advertising, marketing and public relations. 1948. p. 78. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  5. ^ a b Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. p. 38. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  6. ^ Business Week. McGraw-Hill. 1949. p. 38. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 
  7. ^ a b c d Sewing Machines: Historical Trade Literature in Smithsonian Institution Collections. Smithsonian Institution Libraries. 2001. Retrieved November 14, 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Dodson, J.; Ahles, C.; Stocker, J. (1989). Know Your Elna. Creative machine arts series. Chilton Trade Bk. Pub. ISBN 978-0-8019-7872-2. Retrieved November 14, 2017.  237 pages.

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