20 Most Recent Elna Quilter's Dream 6003Q - Page 5 Questions & Answers

If you can hear a click then I'd say the needle is touching some part of the hook mechanics which could mean timing is out. However, it is possible that the bobbin case has just moved a little so as first trouble shooting steps, I'd suggest the following:

clean out the bobbin holder area as per manual (ie. remove the needle plate, bobbin, sewing foot and needle, take out the bobbin holder, clean the race area out, then put bobbin holder back in as per your manual, there is usually a stopper and knob or two red marks to line up. This is held by a magnet so it is possible to knock it out of place during a jam up.

Replace needle plate, bobbin, sewing foot and put in a new sharp needle, flat shank to the back and make sure it is fully up into the holder, thread up and very slowly using the needle up and down button, test sew a couple of stitches again.

If no stitch formation or you can definitely hear/see something touching then I'd say timing is out and no, its not something fixed yourself; best left to a trained technician.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Apr 12, 2011

sounds like the top thread is under too much tension, check the threading trail from the spool to the needle for anything not threaded correctly or snagging the thread. Do you have an aerial arm to take the thread through above the thread spool, and if so, is it extended? Is the thread catching on the thread spool label or some part of the spool as its coming off, they often have a little nick to catch the loose thread end and if the thread catches in this during sewing the thread will snap. Now check the tension discs, turn to zero and clean between the discs by running the edge of a piece of waste thread through them. Now rethread, set tension to the normal number you are used to and try again.

Is your needle in the right way, flat shank to the back. Change to new needle and try again.

If thread is still breaking, I'd visit a serviceman.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Apr 12, 2011

Does this have a bobbin winder post and stop at the top right. If so, is the bobbin winding post moved back to normal position or up against the post?

Being computerised, if you have tried powering it down and all the settings are correct, then it might want a trip in the car to see the technician to sort out this fault.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Apr 11, 2011

Hello Supernana.

Check to see if you have your bobbin in upside down. If your machine requires it to unspool from one side having it spool from the other side (counter clockwise vs clockwise) can cause you problems like this. Your manual should tell the correct direction. My machine (Brother) for instance requires that the thread to pull counter clockwise direction.


Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Mar 17, 2011

Perhaps the little hook has been damaged on the end?

I have seen this part
listed for sale - it doesn't list your model but it looks very similar to the threader on my Janome MC6500.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Mar 14, 2011

It may be a tension issue going on, however if you cannot form any stitch at all, it is more likely Timing, in which case, look here for a link
Please TRY the solution BEFORE giving your considered rating.

Specific detail on bobbin case adjustment (with picture) near halfway down reply, the remainder will help you achieve a balance of top and bottom tensions.

Ensure that all is clean and free of lint and jams, this is the most likely cause....now for tension troubleshooting .......

This solution is for tension problems...if you cannot form any sort of stitch, the issue is quite different, so please let me know if you need a different problem solved.....

It is quite long, but just work through each section in order.

The "knotting up" can reveal a lot. If you have loose threads on one side or the other, the tension on the opposite side will be the culprit.

Ensure sharp new needle,
Thread guides and Bobbin are Clean & Clear of lint
Set Top Tesion to 4 ....then....
Balance Bobbin to suit.

If the looping threads are on the underside as you sew, it is the top tension. Top tension ought to be between 4 & 6 (this variation to allow for the different weights of fabric in your projects).

If you are using a needle that has seen quite a deal of work, or you suspect it may be blunt, change it for a new one !

Make sure that when you thread the machine the presser foot is up so the thread goes between the discs and not to one side, top tension between 4 and 6, and that you have threaded through all the guides, including the last one, usually on the needle arm, just above the needle clamp.

It may be there is lint trapped between the discs, this will keep them slightly apart and reduce the actual tension, sometimes dramatically.

If tensions appear correct, and the thread is definitely in the channel between the discs, but still too loose and looping, try raising presser foot and remove your thread.

Now, with a 2" (50mm) wide strip piece of fabric 8 - 10" (20 - 25cm) moistened with methylated or denatured spirit, gently insert the fabric strip and clean between the discs with a see saw / to and fro action.

In the worst cases, gentle use of a needle to pick & remove the jam may be necessary, but be very gentle and make sure the tension is set at Zero and the presser foot is raised, (to disengage tension plates).... do not gouge or score the plates, they need a polished surface to work correctly.

Far less common, but if the loose threads are on the top, it is bobbin tension that is loose, it too may have lint in the spring and be giving a "false" tension.

I would not recommend fiddling with bobbin tension without good reason, it may end up with missing small screws and spring pieces, however, you can take the needle plate off to clean
the hook race area (where bobbin case sits)

...this is just good housekeeping, my wife does this every time she replaces the bobbin....

just take it out and clean the bobbin case and the fixed metal hook race with a small brush to remove lint. If there is a significant amount of lint, use a vacuum and small brush to get the worst.

Then wipe all this area with a cloth or cotton bud (Q tip) moistened (not soaked) with methylated spirit, especially if there appears to be fine dirty deposits....oil and lint combine to conspire against you.

If it seems likely that you ......really ....do .....actually .....need .....to adjust the bobbin case, first check there is no lint trapped in the metal spring where the thread is tensioned.

Drop-in Bobbin case will look similar to this image with the tension screw in the middle of the metalwork....

4c76dc1.jpg ...the other screw at one end is holding it all together, so beware....it is not a tragedy to undo the whole lot and clean it, but very gingerly and lay the bits out in sequence and orientation, or you risk tearing your hair out !

....this is a bobbin case from a front loading machine and works in a very similar fashion to the top loader with drop in bobbin, again, if you dismantle it, take care so you can put it all
back properly.
165ca5c.jpg FINISHING UP
When you are certain there's no trapped lint in top tension or bobbin, set the top tension to 4 and the bobbin tension to a point where you just begin to feel resistance.

Try using good quality thread of contrasting colours so you can more easily spot the changes.

Set your zigzag to one width less than maximum (eg. 5 of 6 ...or... 4 of 5 etc) and sew a sample for a few inches and check the result.... adjust the bobbin tension screw very little at
a time, perhaps 1/16 of a turn.

You may find you are playing with this balance for some little while and if you are putting the needleplate on and off each time begin to think it cannot be correct to do this.....BUT....it is,
and eventually, you do get a "feel" for the correct tension and then it happens quite quickly.....as a user you won't be doing it very often unless there is lint built up (or are there small hands at work around the house !?!?!)

If you live near the ocean as we do, salt air can play havoc with metalwork inside and out, so to help minimise this, keep a few small packets of dessicant (silica gel) in your machine
case....no case ? then make some sort of cover !

Same applies in any damp or humid environment, keep your machine dry and dust free.

Budget for a proper full service every couple of years (more often if heavily used) and if you don't use your machine for a few years, be aware that old oil will dry out and combining with
dust and form a "clag" like glue (another reason for some sort of cover, even a teatowel !)

If it is worth spending the time, energy and money on making something that you would like to give lasting enjoyment......use quality thread, .......it may seem to cost a little more at the
time, but the results, ease of use and added longevity will be worth the extra, and as a bonus, your tension troubles may be fewer and further between, because there is a more consistent diameter with good thread, and less compensating to be done by your tension plates and less thread breaks

Best Wishes
Bargain Box in Australia

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Mar 14, 2011

Could you perhaps give me some more information on this please? Is this a machine you've had and used regularly? Or something new and a little foreign to you?

Does it have a bobbin winder on top with a stop beside it? You put the bobbin on, bring the thread from the spool holder, around a little tension device on top of the machine, then back to the bobbin and pull the loose end through through a little hole on top of the bobbin. Then push the bobbin over against the stop, and press the button on the front of the machine with the bobbin icon?

Does this match up with your machine? Some of the newer Elnas look a lot like Janome's and that is how my 6500P functions.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Mar 09, 2011

I have the same model, have you turned the first knob on left, the stitch selector, to the stitch you want? Then turn the middle knob, the stitch width to "4". Use the colour guide marks shown in the little picture on left of the knobs so you are dialing up the right settings. So for the zig zag, elastic blind hem, scallop, overcasting and multi-stretch stiches, 1-6 on the diagram you'll be setting the left knob to 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 respectively and the stitch width and length knobs to "green", you can vary the length and width to suit what you want.

Then for the cams, you need to set everything zero, turn stitch selector to 7, the cam setting. then turn the width to orange again (3-4) and the stitch lenth selector to the orange setting, right around the knob. This engages the "Elnagraph" the device under the flap on top of the machine to read the discs. Basically the green stitches the needle is swinging from side to side while the feed dogs move the fabric forward, making your zig zags, blind hems etc.
But when you engage the Elna graph, the machine matches stiches by moving the fabric "forward and backwards at certain times, while the needle does its thing from side to side. This is what makes elastic or stretchy type stitches because you are putting "stretch" into the seam by sewing forwards and backwards.

Please note: always turn your stitch width and length back to Zero BEFORE you make any changes to the left knob and select a new stitch as this saves on wear and tear to the moving parts in these wonderful machines.

I do hope this assists you and I haven't just told you stuff you already knew!

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Mar 06, 2011

Make sure the thread is coming off the bobbin counter-clockwise, hold the end of the thread in your left hand, drop the bobbin into the case, and pull the thread into the slot at the front of the bobbin case by pulling it up and around the bobbin case to the left until you hear a click. That means the thread is in the bobbin tension. Then hold the needle thread in your left hand but don't pull on it; drop the needle into the machine and bring it back up by hand with the balance wheel, and as it comes back up, gently pull on the needle thread. That brings the bobbin thread up through the throat plate in a loop so you can pull it on out, and you're ready to go.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Feb 28, 2011

usually 3 or 4 is good for quilting that's what mine is set on when I quilt

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Nov 19, 2010

sound like the display has gone out & need to be replaced

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Nov 08, 2010

Go to www.sewingmanuals.com and download a copy of your manual for $10. It is a bargain and you get to keep a copy on your computer. Good luck

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Sep 20, 2010

it has a built in button hole, check your manual and put proper foot on machine.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Aug 19, 2010

check to make sure the thread is not winding around the spool pin
also check & see if it's getting caught on the notch on the thread spool
the thread could be coming of the thread take up lever

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Aug 13, 2010

I would do everything possible to get the broken piece out now, as opposed to having bigger problems later. Get a fine pair of tweezers, a magnet of some sort that might fit into the area and try to dislodge the broken piece. If you can not find a magnet that would fit, perhaps working with the tweezers and a Q Tip might help you to remove it, or even a Q Tip with the cotton removed and a sticky material on the end like gum or even a small amount of toothpaste. What ever you use, you should try and remove it now.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Jul 28, 2010

This is the only one I could find and it is $10.00 http://www.mcssl.com/SecureCart/ViewCart.aspx?mid=F506721D-3C9E-481E-8B3F-7E1C3114072F&sctoken=0465a6a54d8e482581a12d868a00a3fb&bhcp=1

The reason for the jam could be the fabric is thick and this causes the foot to raise to the point the the tension is open that the top thread is feeding erratically.

Another could be the bobbin area needs to be cleaned.

Lastly, it could be the timing needs to be adjusted and this means a trip to the sewing machine dealer for service.

Elna Quilter's... | Answered on Apr 28, 2010

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