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ELNA 3210 Instruction Manual

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Your Elna 3000 series sewing machine is designed and constructed for HOUSEHOLD use only. Read all
instructions before using this machine.
– To reduce the risk of electric shock:
1. Your sewing machine should never be left unattended when plugged in. Always unplug the machine from the
electrical outlet immediately after using and before cleaning.
2. Always unplug before replacing light bulb. Replace bulb with same type rated 12V, 5W.
3. Do not place or store machine where it can fall or be pulled into a tub or sink. Do not reach for the machine if it has
fallen into water. Unplug immediately.
1. Do not allow machine to be used as a toy. Supervision is necessary when this machine is used by or near
2. Use this sewing machine only for its intended use as described in this manual. Only use attachments
recommended by the manufacturer as described in this manual.
3. Never operate this machine if it has a damaged cord or plug, is not working properly, has been dropped or
damaged or dropped into water. Return the machine to the nearest authorized dealer or service center for
examination, repair, electrical or mechanical adjustment.
4. This machine is equipped with a special connection cord which, if damaged, must be replaced by an identical
cord. This can be obtained from your dealer.
5. Never operate the sewing machine with any air opening blocked. Keep ventilation openings of the sewing machine
and foot control free from the accumulation of lint, dust and fibers.
6. Never drop or insert any object into any opening.
7. Do not use outdoors.
8. Do not operate where aerosol (spray) products are being used or where oxygen is being administered.
9. To disconnect, turn machine off and remove plug from outlet.
10. Do not unplug by pulling on cord. To unplug, grasp the plug, not the cord.
11. Keep fingers away from all moving parts, especially the needle.
12. Always use the proper needle plate. The wrong plate can cause the needle to break.
13. Do not use bent needles.
14. Do not pull or push fabric while stitching. This may deflect the needle causing it to break.
15. Switch the sewing machine off when making any adjustment in the needle area, such as threading needle,
changing needle, threading bobbin, changing presser foot, etc.
16. Always unplug the sewing machine from the electrical outlet when removing covers, lubricating or making any
other servicing adjustments mentioned in the instruction manual.
USA only
Your machine comes equipped with a polarized plug (one prong wider than the other). A polarized plug reduces the
risk of electrical shock. This plug is intended to fit into a polarized outlet. If the plug does not fit fully into the outlet,
reverse the plug. If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug
in any way.
Use only foot control YC-482J or TJC-150 (UL, CSA) for 3210 and foot control 21361 for 3230.
– To reduce the risk of burns, fire, electrical shock or injury:




Table of Contents

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   Summary of Contents for ELNA 3210

  • Page 1: Light Bulbs

    If it still does not fit, contact a qualified electrician to install the proper outlet. Do not modify the plug in any way. Use only foot control YC-482J or TJC-150 (UL, CSA) for 3210 and foot control 21361 for 3230.
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Straight Stitch ............23 NOTE: Information found in this instruction manual is Starting to Sew ............ 23 current at the time of printing. Elna reserves the right to Changing Sewing Direction ......... 23 change and update specifications and information as Finishing Off a Seam ...........
  • Page 3: Section I - Machine Parts And Functions

    37. Machine socket for foot control (Model 3230 only) 38. Fine adjustment screw for stretch stitches 39. Stitch selection knob 40. Flywheel (always turn towards you) 41. On/off switch (Model 3210 only) 42. Machine socket for power (Model 3210 only)
  • Page 4: Standard Accessories

    17. L: Quilt guide 18. Small spool holder 19. Spool stand 20. Needles 21. Foot control (depends on country and model) 22. Vinyl dust cover (Model 3210 only) 23. Carrying case (Model 3230 only) 24. Power supply cord (Model 3230 only)
  • Page 5: Presser Foot Definitions

    Presser Foot Definitions A: Standard Metal Foot This foot comes attached to your machine. It is mainly used for straight stitches and zigzag stitches longer than 1.0. The button locks the foot in a horizontal position helping to sew over multiple layered seams. B.
  • Page 6: Extension Table And Free Arm

    Extension Table and Free Arm Extension Table The extension table provides more sewing space to make sewing easier. The extension table can be easily removed for free arm sewing. Pull the end of the extension table away from the machine, as shown. Free arm sewing is good for circle areas like sleeves, waistbands and pant legs.
  • Page 7: Presser Foot Lever And Additional Presser Foot Clearance

    Presser Foot Lever and Additional Presser Foot Clearance Use this lever to raise and lower the presser foot. When the presser foot is raised, tension discs are open. When the presser foot is lowered, tension discs are closed and sewing can begin. You can raise the presser foot about 6mm (1/4”) higher than the normal up position for easy removal of the presser foot or to place heavy fabrics under the presser...
  • Page 8: Thread Tension Dial

    (Model 3210 only – Needle thread tension can range from 3-5 with setting mark usually on 4.) If you look at the top and bottom of the stitch, you will notice that there are no gaps;...
  • Page 9: Seam Allowance Lines

    Seam Allowance Lines The lines on the needle plate and bobbin cover plate help measure seam width. The number shows the space between the center needle position (set stitch width/needle position dial at 0) and the line on the needle plate. The numbers at the front are in millimeters.
  • Page 10: Section Ii - Getting Ready To Sew

    Do not modify the plug in any way. Switch ON the machine. 3210 IMPORTANT: Before using your sewing machine the first time, place waste fabric under the presser foot and run the machine without thread for a few minutes.
  • Page 11: Language Selection (model 3230 Only)

    Language Selection (Model 3230 only) There are six languages built into the programming. Press and hold the language key until the desired language appears in the display. Choose from: English German Spanish French Dutch Italian Up/Down Needle Key (Model 3230 only) If the needle is up, it will go down to its lowest position when you press this key.
  • Page 12: Selecting The Correct Needle And Thread

    Selecting the Correct Needle and Thread Needle Weight Fabric Needle Type Size There are many kinds of fabrics, threads and needles. It Very Chiffon, Fine Lace, Universal 9 (65) is important to use the correct ones together. Light Organdy Ball Point 9 (65) Light Batiste, Lawn, Crepe de...
  • Page 13: Needle Definitions

    Needle Definitions The illustration identifies the main parts of a sewing machine needle. Body Shaft Long groove (round side of needle) Short groove (flat side of needle) Point Universal – an all-purpose needle that handles most woven and knit fabrics. A universal needle size 14/90 comes inserted in your machine.
  • Page 14: Winding A Bobbin

    Winding a Bobbin To remove bobbin, slide bobbin cover plate release button to the right and lift away the bobbin cover plate. Lift out the bobbin. 1. Lift up the spool pin. Place the spool of thread on the spool pin with the thread coming off the spool as shown.
  • Page 15: Additional Spool Pin

    4. Push bobbin winder spindle to the right. (Model 3230 only - the LCD readout will display “Bobbin winding”.) 5. Holding the free end of the thread, press the foot control. Stop the machine when it has made a few turns and cut the thread tail close to the hole in the bobbin.
  • Page 16: Inserting The Bobbin

    Inserting the Bobbin Place the bobbin in the bobbin case with the thread running counterclockwise. Guide the thread into first notch on the front side of the bobbin case. Hold the bobbin with your right hand and pull the thread to the left, through the tension spring blades.
  • Page 17: Threading The Machine

    Threading the Machine Hand turn the flywheel toward you to raise the needle. OR Press the Up/Down Needle key until the needle is in an up position (Model 3230 only). Raise the presser foot. Switch OFF the machine. Pull the thread under the hook and around the upper thread guide Guide the thread down the right side slot into the tension...
  • Page 18: Built-in Needle Threader

    Built-in Needle Threader Machine should remain switched OFF with needle in highest position. Lower the presser foot. Lower the needle threader lever as far as it will go. The hook automatically inserted into the needle eye. Bring the thread around threader guide and under the hook Release the lever and let the needle threader return to its...
  • Page 19: Drawing Up The Bobbin Thread

    Drawing Up the Bobbin Thread Raise the presser foot and hold the needle thread lightly with your left hand. Switch ON the machine. Hand turn the flywheel toward you to lower the needle and continue turning until the needle has risen (take-up lever is at its highest position).
  • Page 20: How To Read The Machine Set-up Information - Example: Straight Stitch

    Set Thread Tension Dial (Model 3230 only) Set thread tension to “Auto”. See page 8. Set Thread Tension Dial (Model 3210 only) Set thread tension to 4. The fabric, thread and number of layers of fabric might change where tension should be set.
  • Page 21: Stitch Selection Knob

    LCD Screen (Model 3230 only) or Stitch Selection Display (Model 3210 only). Model 3230 Only If the LCD Screen only shows arrows and no stitch information, the stitch selection knob is not positioned correctly.
  • Page 22: Variable Needle Position

    Variable Needle Position Straight Stitch and Triple Seam can sew from different needle positions: • center needle position – set dial at 0. • left needle position(s) – set dial between 0 and 6.5, with 6.5 being the farthest left. Stitch Length Dial The needle must be at a high position before changing stitch length.
  • Page 23: Section Iii - Sewing

    SECTION III Sewing Straight Stitch The straight stitch is used to sew a seam in woven fabrics and may also be used for gathering, basting, sewing in a zipper, pintucks, rolled hems and twin needle hems. NOTE: Fine fabrics should have a stitch length between 1.5 and 2.5, medium fabrics between 2.0 and 3.0 and heavier fabrics between 3.0 and 4.0.
  • Page 24: Sewing On Heavy Fabrics

    Sewing on Heavy Fabrics The black button on presser foot A locks the foot in a horizontal position when pushed in before lowering the presser foot. This ensures even feeding at the beginning of seams and helps when sewing many layers of fabric such as welt seams used to hem jeans.
  • Page 25: Zipper Insertion - Lapped Application

    Zipper Insertion Lapped Application Lapped zippers are usually inserted into a side seam of skirts or pants, for example. Attach the pin on zipper foot E to the groove on the shank. • To sew the left side of the zipper, attach the zipper foot on the right-hand side.
  • Page 26 Close zipper. Turn zipper face up (right seam allowance forms a small fold at basting line) and smooth zipper teeth away from seam. Attach foot with right side pin. Reset machine to normal straight stitch settings. Starting at the bottom, sew through the folded seam allowance and zipper tape.
  • Page 27: Pintucks

    Pintucks Pintucks are a lovely accent for modern and heirloom fashions. They should be added to your fabric before cutting out the pattern piece. 1. Use a washable fabric marker and draw lines for pintucks on the fabric right side. 2.
  • Page 28: Rolled Hem

    Rolled Hem An easy professional way to sew hems. The spiral on the hemmer foot guides the fabric edge to create a rolled hem. Recommended for fine, sheer fabrics used in bridal wear. Trim 6.5 mm (1/4”) by 8 mm (3/8”) from corners to reduce bulk.
  • Page 29: Twin Needle Hem (optional Needle)

    Twin Needle Hem (optional needle) A twin needle hem is quick and easy. This is an excellent hemming method for knit fabrics because the bobbin thread zigzags, allowing the hem to stretch with the fabric. Be sure to use a stretch twin needle for knit fabrics.
  • Page 30: Zigzag Stitch

    Zigzag Stitch The zigzag stitch is a very versatile stitch. Simply change its width and length. Use the zigzag to finish raw seam edges, sew narrow hems, sew satin stitch appliques, sew on buttons, etc. Narrower width (lower number) Wider width (higher number) Shorter stitch (lower number) Longer stitch (higher number) Overcasting...
  • Page 31: Whip And Roll Hem

    Whip and Roll Hem 3 - 4 This technique produces a beautiful edge on ruffles and hems. It should only be used for lightweight fabrics and is commonly used in heirloom sewing. 0.5 - 1 2 - 4 2 - 4 1.
  • Page 32: How To Sew On A Button

    How To Sew On a Button 2.5 - 4 Hand sewing buttons to a garment is very time- consuming. Sew them on in one quick, easy step. • Set the stitch width according to the position of the holes in the button. •...
  • Page 33: Automatic Buttonhole

    Automatic Buttonhole All buttonholes should use interfacing that is the same weight as the fabric. Interfacing is especially important when sewing on stretch fabrics. Always make a test 0.5 - 1 buttonhole on extra fabric before sewing on your fabric. •...
  • Page 34: Fine Adjustment For Buttonholes

    4. Mark the buttonhole area on the fabric. Place both threads to the left under the foot. Insert the fabric under the foot and turn the flywheel until the needle comes down into the fabric. The needle should go in exactly at the marked line for the buttonhole.
  • Page 35: Corded Buttonhole

    Corded Buttonhole Corded buttonholes are found on coats and other garments that require extra strong buttonholes. The cording reinforces and accentuates the buttonhole. 0.5 - 1 Always make a test buttonhole on extra fabric before sewing on your garment. • Set the stitch width dial wider than the thickness of the cording.
  • Page 36: Manual Buttonhole

    Manual Buttonhole Make a manual buttonhole to sew oversized buttonholes for novelty buttons or a decorative accent. 0.5 - 1 Always make a test buttonhole on extra fabric before sewing on your fabric. HINT: Sew slowly to make accurate manual buttonholes. •...
  • Page 37: 3-step Zigzag

    3-Step Zigzag The 3-step zigzag (sometimes called a multiple zigzag) is used to finish raw seam edges. This stitch gives a flatter edge finish than the regular zigzag. It is also used for mending tears in fabric. 0.5 - 1.5 Place the fabric under the presser foot so the needle swings off the fabric to the right or trim away any excess fabric.
  • Page 38: Stretch Blind Hem

    Stretch Blind Hem 2.5 - 4 Use this stitch to sew a blind hem on either knit or woven fabrics. Elna invented the stretch blind hem in 1952. 1 - 3 Finish the raw hem edge with a zigzag or 3-step zigzag before sewing the blind hem.
  • Page 39: Shell Tuck

    Shell Tuck This is a pretty hem finish for lingerie and tricot fabrics. May also be used for decorative rows of stitching. 2 - 3 • Set the stitch width and length as you desire. • Tighten the top thread for best results. 6 - 8 Use a lightweight fabric such as tricot.
  • Page 40: Fagoting (bridging)

    Fagoting (Bridging) Fagoting is a technique seen in heirloom sewing. Two folded edges are joined together by threads over an open area. Use linen, cotton or blend of linen/cotton. 0.5 - 1.5 1. Thread machine, needle and bobbin with fine embroidery thread (50 weight or finer).
  • Page 41: Patchwork

    Patchwork Add a little something special to decorate your pieced fabrics. 1.5 - 2.5 Sew a straight stitch seam and press seam allowance open. Sew patchwork stitch on right side of fabric, centering it over the seam. Box Stitch Choose the box stitch to attach elastic directly onto fabric without making an elastic casing.
  • Page 42: Satin Stitches

    Satin Stitches Express your creative talents by using one of the pretty satin stitches to add a decorative accent. 0.5 - 1 It is very important to use a stabilizer with your fabric or the stitch will not form correctly. The weight of the stabilizer should be the same as the fabric.
  • Page 43: Stretch Stitches

    Stretch Stitches Decorative Stretch Stitches Choose a decorative stretch stitch to apply a hem to knit fabrics. • Set stitch width on 0 or 6.5 for Triple Seam. • Use any setting for stitch length. 1. Fold and press under hem allowance. 2.
  • Page 44: Overlock Stitch

    Overlock Stitch Create a straight seam and overcast at the same time. Elna invented this stitch in 1963. • Use any setting for stitch length. Place the fabric edges together under the presser foot. Trim away any excess seam allowance.
  • Page 45: Smocking

    Smocking Smocking is a delicate, decorative treatment on children’s clothing or women’s blouses. Choose a soft, lightweight fabric such as batiste, gingham or challis. Cut the fabric three times the finished width. 1 - 3 1 - 3 1. Sew rows of straight stitches about 13 mm (1/2”) apart across the area to be smocked.
  • Page 46: Buttonhole Applique

    Buttonhole Applique 3 - 5 A favorite method of applying small pieces of fabric to quilts for decoration. Use fine embroidery thread and needle appropriate for fabric. • You may need to set the foot pressure dial on 2. • Use any setting for stitch length.
  • Page 47: Super Overlock Stitch

    This industrial-inspired overlock stitch is excellent for assembling and finishing fabrics together in one step. Apply ribbing to knits and garment retains its shape. Elna invented this stitch in 1982. • Use any setting for stitch length. Place the fabric edges together under the presser foot and sew.
  • Page 48: Section Iv - Taking Care Of Your Machine

    SECTION IV Taking Care of Your Machine Your Elna machine has been meticulously designed and manufactured to give you a lifetime of sewing pleasure. Do not store the machine in a high humidity area, near a heat radiator or in direct sunlight. The machine is self-...
  • Page 49: Replacing The Bobbin Holder And Needle Plate

    Wipe gently inside the hook area with soft, dry cloth. (You can also use a small vacuum cleaner.) Replacing the Bobbin Holder and Needle Plate Insert the bobbin holder so the knob fits next to the stopper in the hook area. Replace the needle plate and align the hook .
  • Page 50: Troubleshooting

    TROUBLESHOOTING Condition Cause See page(s) The machine is noisy 1. Threads have been caught in the hook area. 48-49 and does not run 2. The feed dog is packed with lint. 48-49 smoothly. The needle thread 1. The needle is not threaded properly. breaks.
  • Page 51: Index

    INDEX Needle Position ..........21, 22 Accessories .............. 4 Needles ............. 12-13 Accessory Storage Box ........3, 4 Applique ............31, 46 Automatic Buttonhole ........33-34 Overcasting ............30, 44 Bobbin Part Names .............. 3 Drawing Up Bobbin Thread ......19 Patchwork ..............

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