The ELNA 444 has some great features: there is a SEAM TIGHTENING SYSTEM (STS) which has a switch on the front of the machine to simply flip when you reach a seam or thicker area as you are making your coverhems. This tightens up the tensions while you sew over the seam or thicker part preventing skipped stitches. It is FABULOUS!!!
There is also a very handy guide printed right on the front of the machine for you to refer to: it lists the recommended tension settings for all the stitch programs from triple cover hem to chain stitch – two lists actually: one for light weight fabrics and one for heavier fabrics. This is simply wonderful as I do not have to figure it out on my own or hunt around for the instruction manual or my notes to check what the settings should be.
There are 4 different coverhem stitch programs available on the EL444: triple coverhem; 2 thread wide; 2 thread narrow; and chain stitch.
Here is some information & stitched samples of some of the programs.
I will feature some of the OPTIONAL ACCESSORY FEET & ATTACHMENTS that are available for the ELNA 444 next month so keep watching this spot!
I use 2 THREAD WIDE COVERHEM for most of the hem finishes with my knit fabric garment sewing: I would no sooner use a regular sewing machine straight stitch to hem a knit fabric than I would fly to the moon………….. it just would not work: knit fabric stretches so if you sew a straight stitch or similar onto a knit fabric for a hem & then reach up to the top shelf in your kitchen, you guessed…………the stitching “pops”. Very annoying and then you have to do the worst kind of sewing: mending!
A coverhem which has 2 or 3 rows of stitching with stretchy interlock from the looper underneath, really IS the answer. No need to finish off the raw edge of the hem as the EL444 does that AT THE SAME TIME as hemming a skirt; sleeve, pant leg, etc.
Here’s a tip: invest in STAY TAPE. It is sold for woven and knit fabrics and is generally available in black & white. I prefer the 1 inch wide FUSIBLE type. Simply press it onto the wrong side of the fabric you intend to turn up for the hem edge. This fuses to the fabric and provides a nifty way to turn up the edge evenly and accurately as the stay tape becomes a guide for you. Stay tape reinforces the hem and provides a great way to avoid puckering and “tunneling” when you sew certain knits fabrics – especially thinner, light weight knits. Using stay tape gives professional, flat non-puckered hems.
Notice how using a thicker decorative thread in the LOOPER produces a raised and pretty embellishment. Sewing from the wrong side with chain stitch can yield some great embellishments for garments and other projects.
Chain stitch may also be used as a strong straight stitch and for basting as it unravels so easily when the correct thread is pulled.
This was just a quick “whistle-stop tour” of some of the features & uses for the ELNA 444. Hope you enjoyed the spotlight on these machines. If you would like further information or to test drive one of these great sergers, please contact your local ELNA DEALER TODAY.
Please watch this space for further information about ELNA 444 OPTIONAL ACCESSORIES in the coming weeks.