Elna #1 "Grasshoper" Antique Sewing Machine

By Katya Ryabtseva on

Tag: elna, vintage sewing machines

This machine was made by the Swiss firm Tavaro S. A., Geneva, Switzerland. The Company started manufacturing sewing machines in 1934 and the Elna was introduced in 1940. Designed by Ramon Casas it was the first modern free arm portable machine and proved extremely popular. Manufactured until 1952 the Elna under went very minor modifications during its production most notably to the motor and its housing.

Initially the Elna did not carry a model number but has since become known as the Elna No.1, it also has the affectionate nick-name of "Grasshopper".

via sewmuse.co.uk

elna #1 grasshoper

elna #1 grasshoper poster

elna #1 grasshoper

elna #1 grasshoper

elna #1 grasshoper

elna #1 grasshoper

elna #1 grasshoper

The extension table transforms from the caring case of the machine.

img 1,2 from ismacs.net
img 3,4 and 6,7 from sewmuse.co.uk
img 5 from squidoo.com


3 Comments on "Elna #1 "Grasshoper" Antique Sewing Machine"

  1. Tommy
    2011/04/11   04:10
    We also had the opportunity to sew on the Elna Grasshopper and found it very interesting to work on. It takes a little while to get used to threading and winding the bobbing but eventually the machine works very nicely even after 60 or more years after it has been manufactured. You can find the full review here: http://www.sewingmachinereviewer.com/elna-grasshopper.html
  2. sewreview team
    2011/04/12   16:30
    Thank you for the information. Your review is very nice
  3. sewreview team
    2011/04/15   13:07
    thank you! test1

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