New Open-Toe Free Motion Foot for Elna eXcellence 780

There’s a new free motion foot in town:  the open-toe PD-H foot!

If you’re wondering why the PD-H foot or darning foot is included in the Accessory Upgrade Kit for the Elna eXcellence 780, let me explain.  If you aren’t familiar with the recently released Accessory Upgrade Kit, contact your local dealer for more information.

Upgrade Kit

While it looks very similar to the original PD-H foot that came with the Elna eXcellence 780, there is a big difference: its an open-toe foot.  If you don’t know what this means and why you should be excited about it, read on.

open toe foot

When you first look at the new PD-H darning or free motion foot, you might not really notice how it differs from the original PD-H foot.  Upon closer inspection you will see that there is a cut out at the front of the foot between the two red lines.  This is what I mean by calling it an “open-toe” foot.  As there is an open gap at the front of the foot, it provides better visibility when using it.

open toe foot #2

The PD-H foot has always been my go-to foot when free motion quilting and I can see how this new open-toe foot will make free motion quilting even easier as I will have excellent visibility of my stitching path when using it.  If you are a sewist, you will also find it easier to see what you are sewing when using it for darning or other applications.

When I use the PD-H foot for free motion quilting, I like to use the stitches in the Quilting area under the Sewing Application icon.  You won’t notice a difference on your display screen once you have upgraded your Elna eXcellence 780.  You will, however, notice a difference in how well you can see your stitching with the open-toe PD-H foot.

To get the best results when using the open-toe PD-H foot, I would suggest that you use the “blue dot” bobbin holder that you can purchase as an additional accessory.  The bobbin holder has a looser tension setting which makes it perfect to use when free motion quilting to avoid having the bobbin thread showing on top of your project.  Check with your local Elna dealer about purchasing the “blue dot” bobbin holder.

blue dot bobbin holder

This free motion PD-H open toe foot is available in the Accessory Upgrade Kit which is available now at your local Elna dealer.



eXpressive 920 Workbook Article 2

Article 2

This article explores how to adjust stitches on your machine including how to change your stitches to your favorite settings and save them.  The Integrated Adjustable Feed foot is a top feeding system that is on Elna machines.  The article will take you through how to use them and optional feet available.  Adjust Functions


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eXpressive 920 Workbook Article

Introduction to the Elna eXpressive 920

elna 920

Each month we will be posting Workbook Articles that are designed to help you get the most out of your eXpressive 920 sewing/embroidery machine.  You will find practical exercises as well as some fun techniques in each of the Elna articles that will enhance your sewing experience.
This first article is Basic Machine Operation & use of basic stitches.

Introduction to the Elna eXpressive 920

We hope you enjoy each one of the articles.  The next one will be posted around the first of October.



eXpressive 920 Workbook Articles

elna 920

Each month we will be posting Workbook Articles that are designed to help you get the most out of your eXpressive 920 sewing/embroidery machine.
The first article will introduce you to all the functions of the machine.  Future articles will include quilting, buttonholes, decorative accents, embroidery placement, plus many more techniques

The first article will be posted on September 1 2017 and each subsequent article will be posted around the first of each month. 



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OSQE Arlington TX

We are having a great time at the Original Sewing and Quilting show in Arlington Texas.  Beth Sidley is teaching a class using her “Beaujolais” pattern that uses the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star technique.  The students are using Elna’s eXcellence 730 PRO machine for class.  This machine has the extended 11″ sewing arm, LED lighting, thread trimmers, and many other features that make your sewing experience enjoyable.  Check out this machine at

THANK YOU to Alvin Sewing & Vacuum with locations in Alvin, Corpus Christi, and Victoria Texas for providing machines for the classroom.

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4th-full-pageIf you have been thinking about purchasing an Elna Sewing/Embroidery machine, now is the time to take advantage of this special offer.   This offer has been extended until July 11 giving you extra time to get to your Elna dealer to get the machine you have been dreaming about.

Happy 4th of July from Elna!

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Meet Montana, my sewing buddy.  We rescued him about 1 year ago and he is now the most spoiled dog in the neighborhood.  He is a 1 year old hound mix.  As you can see he sits on my sewing cabinet (he is a 60lb dog) and keeps me company.  He has figured out that since I am at my sewing machine all day he can be with me if he can get on the cabinet.  It didn’t take him long to figure out how to jump up.  I love having him near me.

Stay tuned to see his July 4th outfit!

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blind app 1.jpgI was recently working on a quilt that had strips that I wanted to applique down.  I wanted a small applique stitch, one that actually looked like it had been hand appliqued.  My Elna machine had the perfect stitch. It is located in the Applique category and is on almost all Elna machines.
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Thread your machine and wind a bobbin with matching thread. Attach the F2 Open Toe Satin Stitch foot for better viewing of the stitching.   I increased the stitch width to 1.4 so I could see a little more of the stitch.  If you thread the machine with monofilament and leave the stitch width as the machine sets it, you will get a blind applique look.  Don’t be afraid to try different settings and different threads.

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Memorized Seams are extremely important when creating “Y” seams found in many quilt blocks.  A perfect example would be the tumbling block pattern.
These blocks were made from 60° diamond shapes.
To see how to create these, click on the link below.

memorized seams

Elna machines with this feature are:
eXpressive 920
eXpressive 900
eXpressive 860
eXcellence 780
eXcellence 680

Memorized Seams-ELNA

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Know Your Needle Plate

Elna patented needle plates are designed with etched guides to simplify your sewing. Educator Nancy Fiedler provided this helpful Sewing Basics article to show you how to use the etched markings on your needle plate.

Nancy goes over the starting needle position; using 5/8″ and 1/4″ seam allowances; diagonal placement lines and the other seam allowances featured on your needle plate. The arrows placed on the needle plate images in the article will guide you into sewing the perfect seams.

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