IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS Your Elna 6200 sewing machine is designed and constructed for HOUSEHOLD use only. Read all instructions before using this machine. DANGER – 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.
Mending a Tear ..........32 NOTE: Information found in this instruction Apply 7 mm (1/4") Elastic ......32 manual is current at the time of printing. Elna Blind Hem Stitches ........33 reserves the right to change and update Shell Tuck ............ 34...
SECTION I Machine Parts and Functions Part Names 1. Top cover (lift up and back) 2. Stitch chart 3. Top storage compartment 4. Bobbin winder spindle 5. Bobbin winder stop 6. Selection keys 7. LED readout 8. Side storage compartment 9.
Machine Box 21. Instruction book 22. Power supply cord 23. Foot control 24. Carrying bag Presser Foot and Accessory 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.
G: Blind Hem Foot The guide on the foot helps ensure that the needle catches only one or two fibers of the hem, resulting in an invisible hemline. H: Multi-Cord Foot Design your own braids or trims. Place one to three cords in the foot and sew over cord(s) for a simple couching method.
Circular Sewing Pivot Points The free arm has holes q that are 1 cm apart from each other. Use the holes to sew circles and scallops with the circular sewing pivot pin. See pages 43-44. Using the Fine Adjustment Screw Choice of fabrics and threads may affect the stitch formation.
Foot Pressure Dial Align the foot pressure dial q with the setting mark w at “3” for regular sewing. Reduce the pressure to “2” for appliqué, cutwork, drawn work, basting and embroidery. Velours and knits with a lot of stretch may require a “1” setting.
Attaching and Removing Shank Turn OFF the power switch. Raise the presser bar. Turn the thumbscrew q counterclockwise with the screwdriver to remove the shank. To attach, match the hole in the shank w with the hole in the presser bar e. Put thumbscrew in hole and turn clockwise to tighten.
Adjusting the Needle Thread Tension Choosing the Correct Tension — Straight Stitch The ideal straight stitch will have threads locked between the two layers of fabric, as shown left (magnified to show detail). Needle thread tension can range from 3 – 5 and is normally set on 4.
SECTION II Getting Ready to Sew Connecting Machine To Power Supply Before connecting the power cord, make sure the voltage and frequency shown on the machine are identical to your electrical power. To connect machine to power supply, turn off the power switch q.
Selecting the Correct Needle and Thread Weight Fabric Needle Type Needle 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...
Needle Definitions The illustration identifies the main parts of a sewing machine needle. q Body w Shaft e Long groove (round side of needle) r Short groove (flat side of needle) t Eye y Point Universal – an all-purpose needle that handles most woven and knit fabrics.
Keys and LED Readout Turn ON the power switch. (Test lights run in LED readout.) q Up/Down Needle Key If the needle is up when you press this key, the needle will go down to its lowest position. The needle will continue to stop in the down position.
r Indicator Lights and LED Readout a When this light is lit, the readout displays the selected stitch. b When this light is lit, the readout displays the selected stitch width/needle position. c When this light is lit, the readout displays the selected stitch length.
y Stitch Length Key Press this key to display pre-programmed stitch length. Depending on the stitch selected, stitch length can be set between 0.0 and 5.0. To decrease length, press “–” side of key. To increase stitch length, press “+” side of key. a 1.0 Stitch length b 2.2 Stitch length c 5.0 Stitch length...
Winding a Bobbin To remove bobbin, slide bobbin cover plate release button q to the right and lift away the bobbin cover plate w. Lift out the bobbin e. Turn ON the power switch. q Lift up the spool pin. Place the spool of thread on the spool pin with the thread coming off the spool as shown.
t Push bobbin winder spindle to the right. The computer display screen will show a bobbin winding “ “. y Holding the free end of the thread, press the foot control. Stop machine after the bobbin has made a few turns. Cut the thread tail close to the hole in the bobbin.
Inserting the Bobbin Place the bobbin in the bobbin case with the thread running counterclockwise. Guide the thread into notch A 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.
Threading the Machine Raise the presser foot. Press the “Up/Down Needle” key q until the needle is in an up position. Pull the thread under the hook and around upper thread guide w. Guide the thread down right channel and around the checkspring holder e.
Built-in Needle Threader Press the “Up/Down Needle” key q until the needle is in an up position. Turn OFF the power switch. Lower the presser foot. Lower the needle threader lever w as far as it will go. Hook e is automatically inserted into the needle eye. Bring the thread around guide r and under hook e.
Drawing Up the Bobbin Thread Turn ON the power switch. Raise the presser foot and hold the needle thread lightly with your left hand. Press the “Up/Down Needle” key q twice to pick up the bobbin thread. Draw up the needle thread together with a loop of bobbin thread.
SECTION III Basic Sewing Example of How to Read the Machine Set-Up Information Select Stitch q Press stitch selection keys to select stitch 01. See page 16. LED readout shows 01. Recommended Presser Foot w Use presser foot shown (A: Metal foot) for the best sewing results.
Finishing Off a Seam To fasten the threads at the beginning or end of a seam, press and hold the “Reverse” key q. To lockstitch threads at the end of a seam, press the “Auto-Lock” key w after reaching end of seam. Cutting the Threads Raise the presser foot.
Sewing Over Seams and 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.
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.
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 straight stitch length to 2.4. Starting at the bottom, sew through the folded seam allowance and zipper tape. Stop just before the zipper foot reaches the slider on the zipper tape.
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 about 6.5 mm (1/4˝) from corners to reduce bulk. Make a double 3 mm (1/8˝) fold approximately 8 cm (3˝) in length.
Twin Needle Sewing As the name implies, the twin needle results in two identical parallel rows of stitches – utility or decorative. CAUTION: Twin needles are available in many different sizes and widths. Before sewing, always turn the flywheel to make sure the needles do not hit the foot. If you use any other stitch besides the straight stitch, you will need to limit the stitch width to 3.0 mm or less.
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 appliqués and create beautiful monograms. Adjusting Stitch Width and Length Press the “–”...
How To Sew On a Button Hand sewing buttons to a garment is very time- consuming. Sew them on in one quick, easy step. Drop the feed dog. See page 7. • Set the stitch width according to the position of the holes in the button.
3-Step Zigzag The 3-step zigzag (sometimes called a multiple zigzag) is used to finish raw seam edges on synthetics and other fabrics that tend to pucker. This stitch gives a flatter edge finish than the regular zigzag and is excellent for darning and mending tears in fabric.
Blind Hem Stitches The stretch blind hem (04) is a great method for finishing a hemline or sleeve. Use the woven blind hem (05) on non-stretch fabrics. Finish the raw hem edge with a zigzag or 3-step zigzag q before sewing the blind hem. Select 04 or 05.
This stitch can also be used for topstitching. Elna invented this stitch in 1952. Using a straight stitch (stitch length 4.0), baste a seam together. Verify the fit. Reset the machine for triple seam and sew.
Trim away any excess seam allowance. Double Overlock Stitch This stitch finishes the edges of your seams similar to a commercial overlock machine stitch. Elna invented this stitch in 1976. Place the fabric edges together under the presser foot. Trim away any excess seam allowance.
Buttonhole Variations All buttonholes should use interfacing that is the same weight as the fabric. Interfacing is especially important when sewing on stretch fabrics. 11 Classic Buttonhole The most common buttonhole, found on blouses, shirts, pants, etc. It consists of a bartack at each end and a compact zigzag stitch along each side.
Pull open the buttonholder q to the back and place the button in it. Push the holder together tightly around the button. Placing the button in the automatic buttonhole foot (R) automatically sets the size of the buttonhole. The buttonholder adjusts for buttons with a diameter between 0.5 cm (3/16˝) and 2.5 cm (1˝).
11 Classic Buttonhole – the machine will automatically sew: q the front bartack, zigzag backwards on left side and straight stitch forward on right side to front bartack w zigzag backwards on right side e back bartack and stop 12 Classic Keyhole Buttonhole– the machine will automatically sew: q the front left half of keyhole, zigzag backwards on left side and straight stitch on right side to front...
Cutting Open Buttonhole Place a pin just inside the bartack at each end to prevent accidentally cutting bartacks. Cut buttonhole open with the seam ripper. Troubleshooting Tips If the button is extremely thick and difficult to fit through the test buttonhole, you can lengthen the buttonhole by pulling the buttonholder on the foot back a little extra.
Corded Buttonhole Corded buttonholes are found on coats and other garments that require extra strong buttonholes. The cording reinforces and accentuates the buttonhole. Sew a corded buttonhole using the same procedure as described for a classic buttonhole. • Set the stitch width to match the thickness of the cording.
Combining Designs Add a decorative accent to your sewing. Express your creative talents by alternating designs. Remember to use stabilizer appropriate to the fabric. Sew two hearts; press the “Auto-Lock” key while sewing the second heart. Select and sew flower; press the “Auto-Lock” key while sewing flower.
Satin Stitch Appliqué The zigzag stitch is commonly used for appliqué, monogramming, stems of flowers and petals. (A short zigzag stitch length creates the satin stitch.) Threads of 100% cotton, rayon or silk provide the best results. • Apply stabilizer to the fabric for the stitch to form correctly.
Large Scallop Border Create scallops for beautiful fabric edges. Change stitch width to 2.5 or wider and stitch length to 0.3 or higher. Draw two lines 2.5 cm (1˝) apart on the fabric with a washable fabric marker. Insert pivot pin through line (A) and place pivot pin in center pivot hole on table.
SECTION V Heirloom Pintucks A beautiful accent to any project. Pintucks should be added to your fabric before cutting out the pattern piece. Use a washable marker to draw parallel lines for pintucks on fabric right side. Fold fabric on first line with wrong sides together.
Remove paper or wash away stabilizer and basting stitches. NOTE: An Elna EXCLUSIVE optional accessory is the fagoting plate. It is a guide for the two folded fabric edges and eliminates the need for paper stabilizer and basting fabric to paper.
Fringing Fringing adds a special touch on table linens and shawls. Choose a firm, woven fabric like linen where threads can be removed easily. Carefully cut the fabric on grain. Remove a single yarn or thread where the fringing is to begin. Sew down the right side so the left hand stitches fall in the open space.
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. Select 01. Increase stitch length to 5.0. 10 ~ 13 mm Sew rows of straight stitches about 10-13 mm (3/8"-1/2") apart, across the area to be smocked.
(right sides together) under foot edge and sew 1/4˝ seam. NOTE: Elna offers a 1/4˝ foot and a scant 1/4˝ foot as optional accessories. These feet have a guide for the fabric edge to lie against; sewing results are very accurate.
Patchwork A fun method of decorating your quilt (often called “Crazy Quilting”) is to sew a patchwork stitch over the opened seam. Select 01. Sew a straight stitch seam and press seam allowance open. Select a patchwork stitch: 24-30. Sew with stitching centered over the seam. Quilt Stitch The quilt stitch adds a three dimensional effect when outlining designs.
Buttonhole Appliqué A favorite method of applying small pieces of fabric to quilts for decoration. NOTE: Stitch 22 is the mirror image of stitch 21. Use the one that works best for you and your design. Use fine embroidery thread (50 weight or finer) and needle appropriate to fabric.
SECTION VII Taking Care of Your Machine Your 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- lubricating, however, the area around the bobbin and hook must be cleaned each time the machine has had extensive use.
e Clean the feed dog and hook area with the lint brush. Wipe out gently with soft, dry cloth. (You can also use a small vacuum cleaner.) Replacing the Bobbin Case r Insert the bobbin case so the knob fits next to the stopper in the hook area.
Optional Accessories Elna is pleased to offer the following optional accessories for your machine. This listing is current at time of printing, but we are always developing new accessories to make sewing easier. Contact your authorized Elna dealer or service center to learn more about the latest innovations OR visit us at our website: www.elna.com.
The fabric is too heavy. Machine stops and E1 Contact your Machine needs servicing. appears authorized Elna service center. You may hear a faint humming sound coming from your machine’s internal motors. This is normal and no cause for concern.